6 common complaints during autumn and useful tips (Part One)
With the arrival of autumn, the question of treating colds with traditional or folk methods is always relevant. There are also recommendations from doctors and herbalists that will make it easier to get through this period and overcome potential health problems.
- A frequent inflammatory condition of the throat – pharyngitis (inflammatory condition of the throat) is mostly a secondary disease on the basis of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (for example, gastritis, ulcers on the stomach and duodenum), so it is difficult to treat. It is necessary to treat the underlying disease and then remove the symptoms of pharyngitis. And to eliminate symptoms, many ready-made so-called oral antiseptics are sold in pharmacies today. Strepsils, septolet and septogal are always effective. These preparations have an antimicrobial effect and soften the mucous membrane of the throat (because of the contained essential oils). Mint tea is recommended for people who do not want to use pills. Mint tea is very useful against sore throat. Mint tea should be drunk slowly in small sips. Grated carrot with honey is also a useful remedy for sore throat. Finely grate carrots and mix with honey in a ratio of 2:1. Keep a lump of the mixture in your mouth for 5 to 7 minutes. Dissolve the nugget in your mouth (spit out the rest or swallow). Apply once a day for 10 days.
- Acute sneezing (constant sneezing) – effective folk methods are dripping aloe juice, white cabbage juice, St. John’s wort tea and a 10% oil solution of St. John’s wort into the nose. Acute sneezing is most often a symptom of an acute respiratory infection, so it is expedient to use phytotherapy for the purpose of treatment. For example, drink tea made from dried raspberry fruits. Pour two tablespoons of raspberries with a cup of boiling water. Or boil 10 to 15 g of linden flowers in a cup of boiling water and drink as a means to stimulate sweating. In case of angina, rinse the throat with the same lime solution with the addition of 5 grams of baking soda. Mix onion juice with the same amount of honey. Drink a spoonful of this mixture three times a day before meals. It should be remembered that onion preparations are contraindicated in case of gastritis with increased acidity.
- Rinsing the nose – constant sneezing during a cold is unpleasant and uncomfortable. Drawing a solution of table salt from the palms into the nose is a well-known folk remedy against constant sneezing. Dissolve one spoonful of salt in water. This flushing is not always useful. The strong concentration of the salt solution encourages the formation of mucus in the nose. Such washings can cause the secretion of mucus in the nose to be constant and not a protective reaction (which is how it should normally be). That’s why you should be careful. There are medical ways of rinsing the nose (with imitation of sea water). In a cup of boiled water go 1 small spoon of salt, a quarter of a spoon of baking soda, 5 to 10 drops of 5% alcohol solution of iodine – it is an imitation of sea water. Rinse your nose as soon as you notice the start of a sneeze. It can be dripped into the nostrils with a pipette or drawn into the nose from the palms of the hands. Rinse your nose once or twice a day for a maximum of 5 to 7 days. If the solution does not help, then a visit to a specialist is necessary. A simple sneeze can hide sinusitis and other diseases that need medical care. These diseases can become chronic, so it is not advisable to take risks. All the more because nasal diseases are often accompanied by an allergic component.