Breathe freely: home remedies for a cold

Relieve the annoying colds with the power of nature. Nasal showers, steam inhalers, heat lamps and hot baths help. Medicinal teas, chicken soups and lots of sleep are also recommended

Rinses, baths, teas or hot soups: You can fight a cold with simple home remedies

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Sea breeze

Nasal sprays with sea water and other natural salts moisten the mucous membrane, support the function of the fine cilia and help keep germs away.

Somewhat more concentrated salt solutions can also have a decongestant and antibacterial effect. Some sprays also contain nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as chamomile or aloe vera.

A stiff breeze for the nose: flush the nasal cavities free with saline sprays

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Washing program

A nasal douche flushes the nasal and sinus cavities free with a saline solution. This also loosens incrustations and moisturizes the mucous membranes. This can be particularly beneficial for people with chronic sinus infections. If you flush your nose regularly, you may even ward off colds.

Steam breathing

Water vapor not only moistens the mucous membranes, but also promotes blood circulation. Safe steam inhalers are available in pharmacies, as are herbal additives such as eucalyptus or thyme oil. They have an expectorant effect and make breathing easier. However, they are not suitable for children under three years of age.

Use eucalyptus in many ways against colds

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Red light district

With red light heat lamps, the forehead and nose can be irradiated several times a day as required. This stimulates the blood circulation. Safe lamps are also available from pharmacies.

Rub in

Creams or ointments with essential oils made from eucalyptus, mint or pine needles are good if you rub them on your chest before going to bed. The vapors are inhaled at night and reach the bronchi, making breathing easier. They must not be used on children under three years of age.

soup kitchen

Many people with colds swear by hot chicken broth. Right? Scientists in the US have investigated what it is and suspect that the ingredients in the broth have a beneficial effect on the immune system. In any case, soups are good for the fluid balance - and provide warmth for body and soul.

Get rid of the annoying cold with hot lemon

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Citrus power and tea time

A "hot lemon" provides vitamin C: To do this, heat a quarter liter of water and let it cool down to drinking temperature. Stir in the juice of half a lemon and drink in small sips. Medicinal teas, for example with linden or elderflower, also support healing.


Studies have shown: Who sleeps little weakens the immune system. Lack of sleep can also disrupt other body functions. As a rule of thumb, you should at least allow your body to sleep for eight hours so that it has enough time to recover.

Essential oils when bathing not only smell good, but can also alleviate health problems

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Bathing pleasure

A bath is not only good for the soul. It also increases blood circulation and humidifies the air you breathe. Bath additives with essential oils can also provide relief. However, children need special additives.

Anyone who suffers from cardiovascular problems or diabetes should not bathe too hot. Generally 10 to 15 minutes at 32 to 38 degrees is sufficient. Then pack up well and go to bed!


He comes for three days, stays for three days, and leaves for three days: According to this saying, a cold should be over after nine days. That is how long you should be patient with your own body.