A lemon a day keeps the cold away. For a bad cold, the juice of two lemons in Â½ a litre (2Â½ cups) of boiling water sweetened with honey, taken at bed time, is a very effective remedy.
Have ginger (adrak) tea.
Cut ginger (adrak) into 1″- 1Â½” pieces and boil with a cup of water. Give 8-10 boils. Strain, sweeten with Â½ teaspoon sugar and drink hot.
A tablespoon of carom seeds (ajwain) crushed and tied up in a muslin cloth can be used for inhalation to relieve congestion/blocked nose.
A similar small bundle placed near the pillow of sleeping children relieves congestion.
A teaspoon of cumin seeds (jeera) is added to 1 glass of boiling water. Strain and simmer for a few minutes and let it cool. Drink it 1-2 times a day. If sore throat is also present, add a few small pieces of dry ginger (adrak) to the boiling water.
Six pepper corns (saboot kali mirch) finely ground and mixed with a glass of warm water, sweetened with 5-6 batasha (a variation of sugar candy) can be taken for a few nights.
In the case of the acute cold in the head, boil 1 tablespoon full pepper powder in a cup of milk along with a pinch of turmeric (haldi) and have once daily for at least 3 days.
Cold with phlegm (balgam) and slight cough:
Take 8-10 tulsi leaves and wash well. To 1 cup of water, add these leaves, 1-2 cloves of garlic (lahsun), Â½” piece ginger, crushed and 4-5 peppercorns (saboot kali mirch). Boil the water and keep simmering on fire till the quantity is reduced to Â¼ cup. Let it cool and then strain. Add 1 teaspoon honey. Drink this every morning.