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Traditional medicine has hundreds of ways to treat the common cold. Natural healing methods are especially relevant when medications are strictly contraindicated.
One of the most popular folk remedies for a cold is garlic. Drops, inhalations, and ointments are made from it.
But like any medicine, the bulbous plant is important to use wisely. After all, it can bring not only benefits, but also a disorder of the mucous membrane or an allergic reaction.
Does it help?
With proper use, garlic becomes available at any time of the year as a medicine for getting rid of the common cold.
Is it able to overcome congestion?
A runny nose is an inflammation of the nasal mucosa. Breathing through the nose is difficult due to swelling and congestion. Garlic drops will help quickly relieve these symptoms. Such drops are easy to make (read here how to make drops from a cold and other diseases from garlic).
Why can it help?
The medicinal properties of garlic have been known for a long time. It is often referred to as a natural antibiotic. Its juice contains phytoncides, which have a bactericidal effect - they kill microbes, relieve inflammation and increase local immunity. Garlic is effective in both the prevention and treatment of an existing disease. When the plant is consumed inside, the antiviral effect of phytoncides is also noted.
Indications and contraindications
Mucous nasal discharge is rhinitis. A runny nose is viral, allergic, vasomotor and bacterial. Treatment is different for everyone. It is advisable to use garlic for prolonged rhinitis and sinusitis - when a bacterial infection is added to a cold. Indications for the use of a natural antibiotic are yellow or green snot, pus in the nasal mucus, a thick consistency of secretions. Read about whether garlic helps with colds and how exactly to take it, read here.
Garlic should not be used for allergic and vasomotor rhinitis. In addition, it is not recommended to treat a cold with the help of a bulbous plant for children without the permission of a doctor, with ulcerative lesions of the nasal mucosa and in acute diseases of the respiratory system.
Differences in the treatment of children and adults
If an adult feels a burning sensation from the bulbous treatment, then the child may even get a burn of the mucous tissues. Therefore, before pouring the drug mixture into the child's nose, be sure to test the effect of the solution on yourself! If you feel an unpleasant reaction, the finished infusion must be diluted with boiled water and tested again.
When making garlic drops for an adult, garlic gruel is mixed with boiled water in a ratio of 1:10. For children from 10 years old, it is necessary to mix in a ratio of 1:15. First, you need to make sure that you are not allergic to garlic. Apply a drop of juice to the skin under the nose.
Important! If after a while a rash appears, such drops should not be used.
Garlic drops are completely contraindicated for children under 10 years old. The risk of getting burned is too great.
Laying in the ears - what is it, how is it applied?
One of the most pointless and dangerous treatments is putting garlic in your ears. This method of healing was invented for people with sensitive mucous membranes. But such treatment will not bring any benefit.
This complementary medicine procedure involves injecting peeled cloves of garlic into the ear canal. It is believed that the phytoncides contained in the product will penetrate the nasal cavity and relieve the common cold. But the ears and nasal passages are connected by a thin winding tunnel, this path is blocked by the eardrum. Therefore, such healing will not bring any result.
Read about whether garlic can relieve ear pain and whether it will help with colds, read our article.
Step-by-step instructions for treatment, recipes
There are hundreds of recipes for rhinitis drops with garlic. Let's list the main ones.
- Method 1:
- Mix 2 drops of squeezed garlic juice with 1 tsp. any vegetable oil.
- Instill 1 drop in each nasal passage 2-3 times a day. This method of treatment moisturizes the mucous membrane of the nasal passages.
Any oil products should be instilled in small quantities. If it enters the lungs, fatty pneumonia can be provoked.
- Method 2:
- 3-4 peeled cloves of garlic are poured with 1 liter of water, infused for 4 hours, the resulting liquid is filtered through cheesecloth or a sieve. Garlic water is arguably the safest and easiest recipe.
- Squeeze the juice from the cloves of garlic, dilute with water in a ratio of 1:10 (for one teaspoon of water - 3-4 drops of juice).
- This garlic water can burn the nasal mucosa, so use with caution. First, drip 1 drop of the resulting liquid. If irritation or dryness of the mucous membrane appears, refuse the procedure. If there are no side effects, instill 2 drops 3-4 times a day. The course of treatment is 5 days.
A detailed video on making nasal drops from garlic and vegetable oil:
Ointments with juice and oil
Garlic ointments are most often used to treat the nasal mucosa. This is an excellent prevention of viruses, as well as moisturizing and removing mucus. This use of the plant is relevant during an epidemic of viral diseases (details about whether garlic helps from viruses and how to use it correctly can be found here).
Here are some of the most popular recipes:
- Method 1:
- Mix one teaspoon of garlic juice, Vishnevsky ointment, cyclamen root and aloe juice.
- The resulting product is applied to the wings of the nose. The medicated mixture can be stored in the refrigerator, but it is best to use it immediately after preparation.
- Method 2:
- Mix three teaspoons each of minced garlic, olive oil and coconut oil.
- Heat the resulting mixture, cool and use as an ointment. It is not recommended to store in the refrigerator, as the mass will thicken.
Mix a tablespoon of honey and garlic juice. Lubricate the wings of the nose with the resulting mixture several times a day.
To prepare the ointment, mix the juices of garlic and aloe in equal proportions, then add 10 teaspoons of ghee of the highest grade to 1 hour of the mixture. The ointment is stored in the refrigerator.
Vapors with phytoncides moisturize the nasal mucosa, promote the discharge of dried crusts. In case of severe nasal congestion, it is recommended to repeat the procedure several times a day.
Duration of inhalation is no more than 10 minutes. This method of treatment will not affect viruses, so you cannot do without pharmaceutical preparations.
The dosage must be calculated correctly. For one clove of garlic, use at least 100 ml of water.
- Method 1:
- Peel the head of garlic, chop finely, or use a grinder.
- Pour the resulting mixture with a glass of clean water and steam for 5-7 minutes over low heat.
- Then remove the pan from the heat, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam.
- Method 2:
- Add chopped garlic to the finished chamomile broth and also boil over low heat for 5-7 minutes.
- Breathe with a towel over your head.
Attention! Inhalation at home is contraindicated in children of any age.
For more information about whether it is useful to breathe garlic, and what diseases such inhalations will relieve, read our material.
Set fire to a stick and breathe in smoke
Setting fire to the heart of a bulbous plant is one of the most popular grandma's methods. The core is what remains after removing all the cloves and husks (you can find out about the beneficial properties of garlic husks and how they are used in folk medicine here). Elementary - we set fire to and inhale the smoke formed after combustion for a couple of minutes. Not the most effective method of healing, but many note that breathing becomes easier after this.
Useful video on how to breathe garlic smoke correctly:
Possible side effects
Improper use of the bulbous plant can cause adverse reactions and even be harmful to health. Before using any folk remedy with the addition of garlic juice, it is imperative to correctly calculate the safe concentration. It is better to thin it more strongly than to burn the mucous membrane and get ulcers.
Advice! Never use pure garlic juice. Any garlic recipe is diluted with water. Undiluted garlic drops will cause severe burns even in an adult, not to mention children.
About how useful garlic is and how it is harmful to the human body, we talked about in this article.
The healing properties of garlic in the treatment of rhinitis have been known for a long time. Traditional medicine often uses this natural antibiotic. Active antiviral and anti-inflammatory substances contained in garlic help to cope with the disease. When used correctly, it is an effective vasoconstrictor. That is why there are so many recipes based on garlic.