Ah, those tell-tale symptoms of the common cold: Sore throat, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing… Who among us doesn’t desperately scour the internet in the hopes of finding that amazing home remedy to help ease our discomforts as we deal with our cumbersome virus? In the hopes of helping you feel better faster, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy has launched a new series of blog posts discussing various natural home remedies and alternative treatments that can be used to reduce those endless common cold symptoms and help you stay healthy.
In the first of our series, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team is sharing some of the most popular, tried-and-true suggestions on how to treat a sore throat.
Coat your throat:
• The traditional, well-known mixture of honey, warm water and lemon has proven to be a great natural cold remedy. Honey coats your throat and soothes that pesky irritation. Try Organic Throat Coat tea from Traditional Medicinals.
Rinse and relieve:
• As gross as it sounds and no matter how much we hate to try it, gargling with salt water is another great fix. Salt water helps cut down on sore throat irritants and repairs the throat rapidly.
Steam it out:
• Inhaling steam through your mouth can reduce the duration of throat infection and soothe the throat. To do this, boil a pot of water and keep the lid on. Once the water is boiled, move the pot to a safe surface, cover your head with a towel, remove the lid and inhale the steam from your mouth. Just use caution when placing head over the top of the warm pot. (Better yet, pour the water into another bowl for added safety.) Alternatively, turning your shower on hot and shutting the doors and windows in your bathroom makes for a great spur-of-the-moment steam room.
Please see our resource pages for a few more natural cold remedies.
But the very best solution is the one that shortens the duration of your sore throat, and your cold, altogether! As soon as you feel a tickle, make sure to begin taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy every 2-4 hours, drink plenty of fluids and gets lots of rest. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our new Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release Zinc ions in your mouth to shorten your cold. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*
If you know of any helpful ways to soothe a sore throat, make sure you share this information with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or comment right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.
*Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, several scientific studies suggest zinc ions inhibit the common cold virus’ ability to replicate.