Though there isn't a cure for the common cold, there are treatments for it. If you'd like to try a natural remedy to treat your cold symptoms, the spice turmeric combined with milk could bring some relief. Turmeric has antiseptic properties, and can act as a decongestant by increasing nasal discharge. This remedy is safe for both adults and children.
Things You'll Need
- Fresh turmeric powder
Heat a ladle over an open fire.
Place 1/4 tsp. fresh turmeric powder into the hot ladle.
Pour 15 ml of milk over your turmeric.
Hold your ladle over a slowly burning fire until the milk starts burning.
Hold your head at a comfortable distance above the ladle and inhale the smoke from the burning turmeric to relieve nasal congestion.
Drink the turmeric and milk mixture to relieve an irritated throat.
Tips & Warnings
- If you don't want to use a fire, you can add turmeric to milk warmed over a stove or in the microwave. This will have the same throat soothing effects, but you will miss the benefits of inhaling the turmeric smoke.
- Turmeric emits a strong odor when heated.
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