As the ‘worst cold ever’ sweeps the UK, 10 cold and flu misconceptions are debunked.
The “worst cold ever” has gripped the country in a matter of weeks, according to Britons.
The bug feels worse than the colds we recall, thanks to social isolation keeping the germ spread low for the past year.
Our resistance to illness is limited, and we have a low tolerance for being sick.
It’s unclear whether it’s actually worse than usual, or if we’ve forgotten how to be sick and our systems aren’t able to recover as quickly.
When we’re sick, we have a number of tried-and-true cures at our disposal.
Roz Kadir, a Potter’s Herbals expert, has refuted some of the cold-curing superstitions…
1. To treat a cold, take a shot of oregano oil.
Carvacrol, thymol, and terpinine are antioxidants found in oregano oil.
Some studies have shown that these can aid in the fight against viruses.
Always follow the directions on the package and avoid using it if you are allergic to mint, sage, basil, or lavender, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
It should not be used without a break for more than three weeks.
2. Vinegar of apple cider
Fermented apples are used to make apple cider vinegar.
A “mother,” a blend of yeasts and bacteria that acts as a probiotic, is reported to be present in high-quality batches.
Probiotics are beneficial to immunity because they help to maintain a healthy infection-fighting population in the gut.
However, if you have acid reflux, do not take more than the prescribed quantity.
3. Echinacea and other herbal products
Echinacea is widely regarded as one of the most effective medicinal plants.
It boosts the quantity of white blood cells, which fight infections, according to research.
It’s been suggested that taking it for more than 8 weeks isn’t a good idea, and that you should always read the label before using it.
4. savoring a steaming toddy (honey, lemon, whisky)
Unfortunately, there is no treatment for a common cold, and the most important thing you can do is stay hydrated.
Because alcohol dehydrates the body, while a dram of scotch may be comforting, it has little effect on a cold.
However, lemon has Vitamin C, and honey has long been recognized to have antibacterial effects, so the drink may help you feel better, but stay hydrated.
5. Leaving the house with wet hair raises your chances of catching a cold.
Colds are caused by viruses, thus walking outside with wet hair won’t always give you a cold.
However, if you’ve already been exposed to the virus, it’s likely that becoming cold will activate it.
So stay warm and don’t go outside if you’re wet… Brinkwire News in a Nutshell