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Natural cough and cold medicines

Posted Jul 01 2010 12:10am
Children under 4 should not be given cough and cold medicines, according to the pharmaceutical companies that produce these products, The Associated Press.

Most parents will probably ignore this advice as long as the products are available, cold and flu season and do not know what else to try.

However, there are several effective natural remedies have existed for centuries: Chicken soup to fight the honey in cold, sore throat, nasal congestion, nasal passages rinsed salt and plain soap (skip antibacterial products containing triclosan) and water for handwashing.

Although all are considered "folk remedies," these traditional cures have stood up to scientific scrutiny, which is more than can be said of the heavily marketed drugs, which can also carry some risks for children.

Here is a list of home remedies that work for Consumer Reports on Health:

1. A salt water bath for a stuffy nose
2. Chewing gum to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of abdominal surgery
3. Chicken Soup for the cold
4. Yogurt for belly aches (look for ones that contain live, active cultures or are labeled "probiotic")
5. Honey for coughs (not given to children under 1 year old)
6. Cranberries for a healthy bladder (look for drinks that list cranberry juice as the first or second ingredient)
7. To keep warm to avoid cold

I also checked with the people of Farmer's Almanac. They sent this advice compiled by Deborah S. Tuku and staff of the farmers Almanac TV:

Do you have a cold?
Try this old Irish remedy: pour a quart of boiling water over a handful of rosemary leaves placed in a pot. Cover and infuse as it does with regular tea. Take ½ liter per day while the cold lasts.

Cough to support?
Rub some Vicks Vapo Rub or at the bottom of your feet before going to bed. It has been known to help.

Can not sleep?
Try a little honey and warm milk or chamomile tea before bed

Do you have a cold?

Consider eating foods rich in zinc (oysters, crab, seafood and lean red meat, beans, chicken, nuts and some fortified cereals), which can boost your immune system, causing less susceptibility to colds and flu. Studies have shown eating foods rich in zinc and taking zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold may reduce its duration and reduce symptoms by 42 percent.

Precautions: Although the zinc relieves the effects of the common cold, taking a daily basis will not necessarily prevent the onset of a cold. Also, check with your doctor, too much zinc intake can be harmful. And do not take supplements of iron and zinc, while during the day because too much iron can interfere with the absorption of zinc in the body.

Sore throat? Try these drinks.

* Chamomile tea: Make a tea adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile blossoms to a quart of boiling water, steep and drink a cup every few hours.
* Cayenne pepper Add 1 / 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 cup boiling water, stir well and gargle while mixture is very hot. This results in more traffic to the area and help to drag the infection. For this operation can add 4 parts Echinacea, 1 part garlic bulb, and 2 parts peppermint leaves 1 part cayenne.
* Mustard: Grind one tablespoon of mustard and mix with the juice of half a lemon, a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of clear honey, and 1 1 / 4 cups boiling water. Let this mixture, covered, for 15 minutes and use as a gargle.
* Elm bark (Ulmus rubra): Helps to relieve sore throats or cough. For sore throats, slippery elm bark can be taken as a tea. To make tea, add 1 tablespoon of dried bark in a cup. Pour 1 cup boiling water into the cup. Steep it covered for at least 10 minutes and strain. You have up to three cups of tea of slippery elm bark per day. dry slippery elm bark can be found in large amounts in some natural food stores.
* Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis): This herb found in Europe and North America, has been used for centuries as a sore throat home remedy. Like elm, but also contains mucilage, which helps soothe sore throats. To make tea, marshmallow root, add 1 tablespoon of dried root in a cup. Add one cup (8 ounces) of boiling water, they lie covered by at least 10 minutes and then strain. Drink up to 3 cups daily.
* Honeysuckle Flower: A sweet taste and smell of grass, honeysuckle flower is one of the most commonly used sore throat remedies in traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy for sore throat. Honeysuckle flowers are not so easy to find in stores such as elm and marshmallow. In addition to health food stores, Chinese herbal shops often carry.
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