10 Simple Ways to Cure Cold

by Alex Chris on July 13, 2012 · 65 comments

There are simple and effective ways to cure cold, the most popular virus infection disease. Most people get the cold virus 2 to 4 times a year. Children are even more prone candidates to cold, since statistics show that children fall «victims» of virus infection at least 6 to 10 times a year. Cold is also the most common reason for visiting the doctor.

The common cold usually lasts for one week, although it may be extended for up to 2 weeks, it can be cured without treatment. If you notice that your cold lasts more than two weeks, then it is something serious and you should visit your doctor.

The cold virus comes in about 200 different forms. We can get the cold through breathing, handshaking, kissing or touching. Contrary to what most people think, we do not get the cold because of climate changes, or from poor nutrition or exercise. [See also 30 Medical Myth Busters you must know]. Statistics also show that people who are suffering from asthma or allergies are more likely to be infected by the cold virus. Stress is also one of the reasons we get the cold.

There are things we can do and measures to take in order to cure cold. This article gives an overview of 10 simple actions for a fast treatment from cold.

The most common symptoms of cold are:

Cold prevention techniques

To reduce the chances of getting the cold virus you can follow these simple rules:

  • Wash your hands regularly – and always before meals or before touching your eyes and your mouth.
  • Disinfect surfaces that can keep germs such as handrails and handles.
  • Try to avoid people that have the cold virus
  • Avoid being indoor with a lot of people, especially during the periods where virus diseases are on the rise.

10 Ways to cure from cold

1. Consume many liquids

As a first cure from cold try to consume a lot of water, juices and drinks (e.g. Tea and herbs in general). Liquids prevent the «drying» of our throat and nose, they help the mucous membranes glands to remain open and so it is easier to clean.  Liquids are also valuable when you have fever. In this case there is increased risk of loss of liquids with dehydration. In addition, the hydration of the body contributes to the removal of toxins produced from dead cells, which increases it’s ability to fight the virus.

2. Avoid coffee and alcohol

Try to avoid drinks containing caffeine and alcohol because those substances tend to dehydrate our body and this is not what we want while we are cold.

3. Water vapour and hot baths

Water vapour and hot baths are the most common home cures for cold. Some people are standing in the bathroom with running hot water; others inhale the vapour over a pot with boiling water. It is believed that the steam can facilitate congestion. The virus is also susceptible to very high temperatures, so it is possible that the steam can «kill» the virus through the nasal cavities.

4. Hot Soups

Many people consider a warm soup as the best cure the cold. The advantages of such a traditional cure comes from the broth, which keeps the body hydrated and it also helps with the vapour. It is therefore likely that any kind of hot broth will bring the same benefits. Research made for the consumption of chicken soup while in a cold showed that the ingredients of chicken soup can actually reduce the swelling of the nasal cavities and help in the faster cure from common cold. Also chicken soup can give the protein from chicken, a substance necessary for our body to build antibodies to fight viruses.

5. Use a humidifier

These devices are a good method to make more humid air. This may help to keep nasal cavities in liquid form and thus avoid the blocking of the nose. When using the humidifier make sure to clean them regularly to block the possibility of transferring mould in the air.

6. Rest

One of the most important factors in getting cure from cold is a good sleep and generally relaxing. You need to get plenty of rest in order for your body to resist the cold virus better, faster and more efficient. If you have fever you should definitely stay home, switch off your mobile and try to relax. Most people tend to try and overcome cold with out resting. Experts’ advice is to stay at home and relax for two days in a warm environment. Typical temperature could be 24-25 Celsius (75.2 F).

7. Wash your mouth with salt water

It may sound like an advice from your grandmother but practice has shown that washing your mouth with salt water is one of the cures for sore throat. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt into a class of warm water and make five to six gargles. These will definitely relief your sore throat.

8. Do not smoke

Although you should stop smoking for a number of reasons, smoking when you are cold has additional disadvantages. Smoking can aggravate the symptoms of cold, while aggravating can also be passive smoking.

9. Watch your diet

Although it is not proven that diet can help you cure from cold, eating fruits and vegetables full of vitamin C can help you overcome faster from cold. Vitamin C strengthens the protection of the body, protects it from virus diseases and contributes to better functioning of white blood cells, the role of which is to fight viruses. Other food, which can assist you in recovering faster from cold, includes:

Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, parsley, celery, cauliflower
Foods containing zinc

10. Do not Exercise

Avoid exercise and all sorts of physical activity, for 3-4 days in order to give your body a chance to save forces for fighting the virus.

10 Simple Ways to Cure Cold by

Alex Chris
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Alex is editor-in-chief of manageyourlifenow.com. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also contact Alex for any comments or suggestions about the web site.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane May 30, 2013

I have just retruned home on a four and a half hour flight, was perfectly fine when i got on the plane had a sore throat when i landed and throughout the flight i had the cold air vent opened, i defenitely think this was the cause as i am not prone to taking colds and now i have the worst cold i have had in years, in future the vent will be closed.


Pankaj Verma June 21, 2013

There is something which will improve your immune system when you are facing common cold problem:-
1- Take plenty of water 3-4 lt per day.
2- Take good sleep.
3- Take water vapours.
4- Wash hand before taking food, snacks, etc.
5. In case of running nose take hanky and it should be changed time by time.
6.Take rest and try to take deep breath like anulome vilome.
7..Always try to take hot water fro drinking.
8. Take fresh food.
9. After two to three days it would be automatically gone because this is depend upon the life cycle of the virus.

Note :- Our body knows well how to fight with disease but you have to maintain your immune system very strong. This logic depends on all the disease.
Every body organ not work individually its depend on other all the time means you should manage and balance all the thing that is kappha, pitta and vata.


Aimee July 13, 2013

I’ve got a cold with sore throat blocked nose and I’m finding the hotter the air the worst my nose gets, but the colder the air the better t gets also I find sleeping with my blocked nose difficult


Shaun Bratt September 21, 2013

TCP mixed with water and gargle , tastes horrible but kills everything. DEAD.


leo September 23, 2013

All helpful, but a cold won’t excuse me from two hours of rigorous field hockey practice every day… Plus schoolwork, so very little sleep as well…. Blegh, no wonder my colds don’t go away.


Nouran October 20, 2013

This article is very good, and helpful ! Honey is the best cure . You should try to get a cup of water with lemon squeezed in it and a teaspoon or more of honey!


Navneet October 24, 2013

Good article, but I’d just like to point out that the note on vitamin c is incorrect. If you’ve been steadily taking it BEFORE you get the cold, then the duration of sickness will be shorter, but increasing your intake with a cold will do nothing for it.


Aquaria December 7, 2013

Put a teaspoon or two of eucalyptus oil in a quart of water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil on the stove. You don’t have to make a tent, just lean over the fumes

Eucalyptus brings a lot of relief for head colds and sore throats, which is why it’s in so many cough drops.


Javed December 16, 2013

Another natural remedy. Add a small quantity of ginger in teaspoon of honey and take twice a day. It will act like antibiotic.


shaun bratt January 3, 2014



Melanie February 25, 2014

1 grapefruit shot a day helped me , lemon and honey tea and A LOT of sleep


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