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A change in season can bring with it a host of illnesses such as a cold, cough and congestion that might be enough to ruin your Halloween plans.

While you can take the usual route of gulping down those antibiotics with a glass of water to ease the annoying symptoms, it would be a better idea to go natural this time and find relief in some easy-to-use herbal remedies. Here are the best home recipes that you can try to keep infections at bay this fall.

Turmeric For Cold

turmeric for cold

Turmeric For Cold: The golden spice turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties due to its most active component, curcumin. It is also blessed with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. [1] Add a pinch of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk and have it once or twice a day to ease cough and cold.

Eucalyptus For Arthritis And Joint Pain

Eucalyptus For Arthritis And Joint Pain: The leaves of the eucalyptus plant contains tannin, which helps reduce swelling and pain triggered by arthritis. [2] Take one teaspoon of eucalyptus oil and add to it half a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix the two and massage on your joints. Wrap a woollen cloth for at least half an hour to soak up the heat. Do once every day to ease the pain.

Chamomile For Sinus

chamomile for sinus

Chamomile For Sinus: Chamomile tea not only boosts your immunity, it is also effective in fighting the symptoms of sinus, due to its germicidal properties. [3] In a large pan, place two cups of chamomile flowers and pour eight cups of hot water over it. Put it on a table and sit comfortably. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam by taking slow, deep breaths. You can also have it as tea.

Ginger For Sore Throat

ginger for sore throat

Ginger For Sore Throat: The compound gingerol in ginger has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe a sore throat and also ease the pain. Add a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger to two cups of water and bring to a boil. Drink this tea twice a day for better relief. [4]

Cayenne Pepper For Congestion

cayenne pepper for congestion

Cayenne Pepper For Congestion: Cayenne pepper helps in the expulsion of mucus from the body, thus relieving nasal congestion. Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a lemon wedge and two teaspoons of honey in a mug. Pour boiling water over it and sip slowly to absorb the heat and clear the congestion.

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Reference:
1. Turmeric the golden spice. Prasad S, Aggarwal BB. Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press; 2011. Chapter 13. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/ (Accessed 7 Oct 2015)

2. Effect of eucalyptus oil inhalation on pain and inflammatory responses after total knee replacement: a randomized clinical trial. Jun, Yang Suk et al. “Effect of Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Responses after Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM 2013 (2013): 502727. PMC. Web. 7 Oct. 2015. (Accessed 7 Oct 2015)

3. A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of chamomile tea (Matricaria recutita L.) 1: McKay DL, Blumberg JB. A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of chamomile tea (Matricaria recutita L.). Phytother Res. 2006 Jul;20(7):519-30. Review. PubMed PMID: 16628544. (Accessed 7 Oct 2015)

4. Some phytochemical, pharmacological and toxicological properties of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe): a review of recent research. 1: Ali BH, Blunden G, Tanira MO, Nemmar A. Some phytochemical, pharmacologicaland toxicological properties of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe): a review of recent research. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Feb;46(2):409-20. Epub 2007 Sep 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 17950516. (Accessed 7 Oct 2015)