Home Care For Colds

A cold typically includes a slight scratch in the throat, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, mild headache and fatigue.  Most colds go away in 7 days, if you have below symptoms you need to consult a doctor.

  • No improvement after one week
  • The nasal secretions turn yellowish or reddish
  • High fever
  • Heavy dysphagia and coughing
  • Pregancy


Drink water as much as possible, because the more liquid mucus, the better it can drain. Most suitable drinks are mineral water, black tea with honey, hot lemon, elder and lime blossom tea or herbal teas.

Moisten the room air. Hang up wet cloths or place them on the heater.

Head Steam Bath: hold your head over a bowl of boiling water. Put a towel over your head and bowl and inhale the water vapor.

The expectorant effect of such a head steam bath is enhanced by the addition of herbs such as chamomile, thyme, sage or ribwort.

Inhale twice a day for two minutes with a mixture of peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme and mountain pine oil in equal parts, of which you place five drops in a bowl of hot water.

For a stuffy nose, use a nasal rinse with 10% saline (ten grams of salt per liter of water). Suck the water in your nose and then blow it out. The mucus is thereby solved.

Immediate Relief provides a camomile solution that will trickle you into your nose several times a day when it’s clogged. Broth two tablespoons of chamomile flowers with 100 milliliters of boiling water, let stand for ten minutes and then pour through a strainer. Now add as much honey as you can dissolve in the liquid.

A hot bracelet also makes breathing easier. Place both arms up to the middle of the upper arms for 30 minutes in 45 degrees Celsius hot water and then treat yourself for one hour bed rest.

Coat nostrils and nose bridge with marjoram, which you can buy in the pharmacy.

Helpful and mustard flour or linseed flour compresses that are placed over the cheekbones.

Whisk fresh egg whites and two teaspoons of freshly crushing sugar candy until foamy and add hot milk while stirring. Drink in the evening before going to bed.

Hot saline footbaths strengthen the nasal mucosa. Put a handful of salt in a small foot tub and fill with water that is 40 degrees Celsius warm. Bath your feet twice a day for ten minutes twice a day.

Mix 20 grams of dried fennel herb and 80 grams of dried dill tips. Sprinkle a tablespoon of this mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees Celsius. When the herbs turn black, open the oven door and inhale the fumes.


Medicinal preparation:

Mix 15 grams of lime blossom and chamomile flowers, each containing ten grams of elderflower and peppermint. Brew one tablespoon of this mixture with a cup of boiling water, let stand for ten minutes, strain and drink a cup twice a day. For a cure, you need 300 grams of this tea mixture.


Mix 20 grams of sage, 15 grams of Gundelrebe and 5 grams each of chamomile, elderberry and rosemary. Pour one tablespoon of this mixture with one-quarter liter of boiling water, infuse for ten minutes, strain and drink a cup twice a day. For a cure, you need 300 grams of this tea mixture.