A common cold is often accompanied by runny nose or stuffy nose (nasal congestion). To treat it, you can use the home remedies, such as hot spices, echinacea, yarrow, eucalyptus and peppermint.
When a common cold with the symptoms of runny nose or stuffy nose, it indicates the condition of “cold” and “wet”. Using hot spices, such as ginger, garlic, chili pepper, mustard, onion, or black pepper can expel coldness and dampness, thus relieve the symptoms. You can simply eat hot spicy foods by adding the above spices to your dishes or soups, or use the above spices to make a tea and drink it.
For example, boil a few slices of fresh ginger in a cup of water for 5 minutes, add two teaspoons of brown sugar, and drink it. Two times a day.
If you have runny nose, or stuffy nose accompanied by yellow or green mucus, it indicates that there is excessive mucus in the nasal pathways. While hot spices can help clear runny nose, you can use the following remedies to clear stuffy nose:
You can use echinacea or yarrow to make a decoction and drink it, 2-3 times a day.
A simple treatment is to rub a drop of eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil onto the area between nose and mouth, and take deep breathes.
Or you can put a handful of eucalyptus or peppermint leaves (or a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil) in boiling water, and Inhale the steam for 10 minutes.
For more information about natural remedies for common cold, go to Natural Remedies Center: http://www.naturalremediescenter.com/treat/cold/