How to Get Rid of a Cold Quickly

The common cold is called such because it is one of the most common medical conditions around. The common cold usually goes away after a week or so but it certainly helps to get relief from the symptoms. Below are some popular ways how to get rid of cold quickly. Another article we did on the subject that I think is pretty informative is: Understanding the Life Cycle of a Cold or Flue.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Probably the best and easiest remedy for cold is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids especially water. You can also consume fresh juice, honey-lemon water, ginger ale, and herbal teas. Do away with caffeinated and carbonated drinks such as coffee, caffeinated teas, and sodas. Of course, alcoholic drinks should be avoided as well. By drinking plenty of fluids, you break up the congestion allowing you to breathe easier. Staying hydrated also keeps the throat moist and providing relief from sore throat.

Get Some Rest

In order for your body to heal, you need to get plenty of rest and sleep. By resting, you allow your body to rejuvenate and focus its energy on fighting the virus. It’s better if you stay warm while resting so put a blanket over yourself.

Blow Your Nose Correctly

One of the annoying symptoms of cold is a runny or stuffy nose. To deal with this, you need to blow your nose often. This will prevent mucus to be sniffed back into your head. However, if you don’t do it the right way, you’ll only make things worse. Blow gently while pressing on one nostril. Use a clean tissue to catch the mucus. If you blow too hard, the pressure may transmit mucus and the germs in them into your ear canals. It may also cause damage to your eardrums. Wash your hands after blowing so you won’t spread the cold.

Steam Bath

Wouldn’t it be great to pamper yourself with a visit to the spa and spend some time in the sauna. However, a visit to the spa may help spread the virus. If you don’t have a personal sauna at home, you make do with a warm shower. Just keep the bathroom door closed and the warm water flow. In a little while, steam will rise and help provide relief for your clogged nose. The steam causes the mucus to thin or lessen, opening up your sinuses as well as your air passages.

Steam Inhalation

Similar to steam baths, you can use steam inhalation to loosen up stuffy nose. Boil a pot of water and place it below you. Inhale the steam coming from the water. Another option is to cover your head and pot of boiling with a towel so the steam won’t dissipate fast. This will allow you to take advantage of the steam before the water loses its steam, so to speak. But be careful not to burn your face. Add some drops of essential oil for better relief. Eucalyptus essential oil helps decongestion while peppermint oil works well against headaches.

Saline Solution

For congested noses, use a saline solution to make a saline spray. Mix three teaspoons salt and a teaspoon of baking soda in a container then seal tight. When it’s time to decongest, get a teaspoon of the salt and baking soda mixture and add it to eight ounces of distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water readily available, you can boil water and wait until it is lukewarm before adding the mixture. Dissolve thoroughly then use a bulb syringe to apply it into your nose. Pinch one nostril lightly before squeezing the mixture into the free nostril.  Make sure you have a basin or any container to catch the drippings.

Nasal Irrigation

You can use the same saline solution described above for nasal irrigation. Pour the solution into a Neti pot and position yourself over the sink or place a basin below your face. Pour the solution into one nostril through the spout of the Neti pot. The solution will push the mucus out through the other nostril. Then do the same with the other nostril. This method has been used for centuries but still has some skeptics because of the perceive risks. If you are new to this method, it is better to do more research or to ask help from someone who has done this before.

Menthol Salves

For a quick relief from a congested nose, apply some mentholated salve just under it. Camphor, one of the main ingredients of over-the-counter salves, helps relieve the discomfort.

Gargle With Warm Salt Water

Another infuriating symptom of the common cold is sore throat. Get some relief by gargling with warm salt water. Simply dissolve ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle to relieve itchy throat.

Oil Pulling

A staple in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is recommended for oral health and detoxification. It also works as a remedy for colds as it gets rid of bacteria and germs in the mouth. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for a minute or so. Don’t swallow and don’t spit it out into the sink to avoid clogging.


When you have a cold and the air in your home is dry, you feel a little more uneasy. It may also keep you from getting well fast. Fill your home with plants like aloe vera and Chinese evergreen. Houseplants are natural humidifiers. If you have a humidifier, use it at night while you sleep. You can also use it during daytime. This simple gadget will keep the air moist and allow the nasal passages to become lubricated. The problem with humidifiers is that mold and mildew can easily develop if you fail to clean it regularly. To prevent matters getting worse, clean it often.

Raise Your Head

Sleeping with a cold is something everyone hates to do. The clogged nose prevents you from breathing properly thus making it harder to sleep. Raising your head by adding more pillows under it may help.

Natural Remedies

There are tons of herbs, plants and plant products that heal colds naturally. Some of them are garlic, ginger, Echinacea, elderberry extract, eucalyptus, peppermint, and raw honey. These herbal remedies work against colds by strengthening the immune system, killing viruses and free radicals, and decreasing inflammations. If you are unsure of how to properly use such herbs, consult a doctor or a certified practitioner of herbal medicine.


Through aromatherapy, your mind and body relaxes allowing you to rest and revitalize. The right kinds of essential oil will help provide relief against the symptoms of cold. Some of the more popular ones are lavender oil, chamomile, and lemon balm.

Vitamin C

Once you get the sniffles, load up on vitamin C which is an antioxidant. Vitamin C boosts the immune system aiding in treating colds. Fruits such as oranges and kiwi and vegetables like spinach are high in vitamin C.

Eat Some Soup

Grandma’s old chicken soup recipe will come in handy when you’re down with a cold. Any hot soup provides relief for your sore throat and helps decongest the nose. Plus, it is mostly water so your body is hydrated. Make your soup healthier and more adept in getting rid of a cold by adding more garlic, onion and ginger.

Stages of a cold infographic

This infographic shows the four stages of a cold or flu including symptoms and treatment options.

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