Blocked nose, sneezing, discharge, sometimes headache or cough: cold symptoms are bothersome, but not serious. Nasal spray, plants, essential oils what grandmother’s remedies or natural solutions to quickly cure a cold?
Homeo cold solutions
Without treatment, cold symptoms will go away on their own within seven to ten days. What can be done to quickly stop the cold and avoid complications, without resorting to over-the-counter pseudoephedrine drugs? These anti-cold drops and sprays containing a vasoconstrictor are indeed disputed because they can cause serious undesirable effects, at the cardiac or neurological level. From the PubMed articles from libraries you can find the best deals.
At the first sign, you wash your nose. This gesture facilitates blowing and eliminates a maximum of microbes. We favor solutions rich in minerals and trace elements, such as seawater, to optimize the functioning of the hair cells of the nasal mucosa, the first barriers to viruses. An isotonic spray, with a salt concentration identical to the body fluids (9 g / l), is used as often as necessary. It can be chosen enriched with copper, anti-infective, or sulfur, also anti-inflammatory and “repairing” of the nasal mucosa.
If the nose is blocked, we opt for a hypertonic spray. Hypertonic solutions speed up the runny nose. Useful if the sensation of a stuffy nose is bothersome; they are nevertheless irritating because they are rich in salt (generally 22 g / l): they are therefore only used for a few days. Some contain essential oils of mint or eucalyptus which are also decongestant but which are not suitable for young children.
If the nasal obstruction is significant, we pass to inhalations of essential oils. The hot water vapor dilates the small vessels and optimizes the anti-infective and decongestant action of essential oils, resulting in a rapid effect.
“As a large number of active ingredients arrive in the respiratory tract up to the bronchi, these inhalations are also useful in case of cough”, says Dr. Jean-Michel Morel.
In practice, plan a session of 5 to 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day. Discover our cold inhalation recipes.
Plants to decongest and calm flows
Certain plants help to heal. They are used in the treatment of colds and are used in the composition of drugs.
This is the case with purple coneflower and pelargonium, “to be used from the start of the cold “, underlines Dry Jean -Michel Morel, physiotherapist. Pelargonium is recommended in the form of dry extract (usually 20 mg 3 times a day in adults) and can be used for 6 years.
“Another interesting plant, black elderberry, with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties”, continues the doctor. It is used in doses of 200 to 400 mg per day of dry extract of berries. “The tea made from elderflowers opens the nose, in adults as well as in children. Count a pinch for a cup, to take four times a day. Elderberry is a plant known for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
- To naturally stop a runny nose, the physiotherapist recommends “peppermint essential oil, decongestant and astringent. It tightens the mucosa. In adults, I recommend 1 drop, four to six times a day, to be taken in honey. It may be helpful to drink a glass of warm water afterward. ”
“In case of sneezing, we can use plantain in herbal tea (a tablespoon for a bowl, twice a day) or in EPS (standardized plant fluid extract): a teaspoon two to three times a day to an adult. In a child: one milliliter (ml) for ten kilos of weight per day. “