Cold - Q to U

Q - quark wrap

Anyone who dismisses Grandma's old house recipe with a smile is mistaken: Quark wrappers are also used in therapy centers for joint complaints and rheumatism. And what many family doctors say is that quark has an anti-inflammatory, decongestant, analgesic and cooling effect. Quark rolls also reduce the fever and are completely free of side effects and contraindications. As part of a cold Quark wrap are often used for sore throat or for lowering fever.
The quark should not come directly from the fridge. Spread a cloth finger-thick with cottage cheese and place with the quark side on the relevant spot. A second cloth is wrapped over it and wrapped like a packet on the sides. Now let the curd work until it dries. The stronger the inflammation, the faster the quark wrap gets warm. Depending on requirements, two or three applications can follow one after the other.

R - irritating cough

Coughing is unproductive, ie dry, and occurs in contrast to the productive, so slimy cough, usually at the beginning of a cold. Accordingly, the phase accompanied by irritating cough lasts only relatively short, in about one to three days. Mostly the affected person has to clear his throat constantly and is hoarse. Hot tea and lollipops provide some relief here. Herbal remedies such as Icelandic moss, eucalyptus oil, thyme oil, aniseed oil or camphor additionally insulate the irritative cough. A lot of drinking makes it easier to cough up, and you should always pay attention to a sufficiently humid indoor air.

However, if the cough lasts longer than three weeks, a medical examination must be made. An irritating cough may also be a sign of lung disease or cause asthma and allergies, because dust particles or the like lead to reflex-like coughing.

S - soups

A hot soup warms from the inside in the cold days and has a decongestant effect on the mucous membranes. The classic par excellence for cold and flu is the invigorating chicken soup. In America, chicken soup is even known as Jewish penicillin. Even the ancient Egyptians and the Persians knew about the healing properties of chicken soup. Scientists are now investigating the effect of chicken soup on white blood cells, as they suspect an anti-inflammatory effect.

A soup chicken with an onion, a parsley root, a celery stick, three bay leaves, a teaspoon of black peppercorns and thyme conjures up a wonderful broth. In addition, ingredients such as ginger and chili in the soup are particularly good because they increase the healing effect. An exotic and tasty option is for example the Indonesian Basco soup. For a change, also a strengthening beef broth provides.

T - tea

That tea helps with flu infections, we do not know only since the invention of cold tea. Different teas can be used specifically for different ailments. Sage tea has anti-inflammatory and helps against cough and sore throat. Mint tea frees the upper respiratory tract. The same does chamomile tea, it also has antispasmodic and antibacterial. Thyme tea can not only be drunk, it also helps gargle against sore throats. Likewise, gargling with Arnica tea has a positive effect on bronchitis and respiratory diseases, because arnica not only relieves pain in the mouth and throat, but also has a positive influence on the blood flow to the mucous membranes.

While similar is true for sage tea, elderflower tea is especially used as a sweat inducing agent. Rosehip and redcurrant tea (which is also good for a tea blend of both) strengthens the body's defenses and provides vitamin C. Another tip for alleviating the symptoms of cold is the well-known green tea for its health-promoting effects.

U - transmission

Since colds are droplet infections, you can hardly protect yourself from infection. The seat neighbor on the bus is eating, the cashier is coughing in the supermarket, we shake hands with the business partner - and it may have happened. Even by touching a door handle, we can catch the annoying viruses. Contrary to expectations, the risk of infection when kissing is relatively low, on the contrary: kissing strengthens the body's defenses and stimulates both the circulation and the blood circulation.

As simple as it sounds, it is best to protect yourself from infection by avoiding diseased people, washing their hands frequently, and avoiding the contact of the fingers with the mucous membranes. If you catch a cold yourself, you should fairly renounce the friendly handshake, and only in a handkerchief nurse and cough (and then dispose of it immediately).

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