Home Remedies for Common Cold

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Everyone faces the problem of common cold now and then. It’s not a big problem but it actually disrupts our life and we need to carry handkerchief and some people use nasal spray to overcome it. But today we will look into a better solution for common cold.

Causes

Common cold is inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by viral infection. It occurs when temperature changes suddenly or with long exposure to a cold environment.

Symptoms

Scratchy sore throat, running nose, sneezing, headache, body ache, fever, nasal congestion

Home Remedies

Rest

Get rest in warm environment so that your body resists cold virus faster & more efficiently.

Lemon

Lemon is very effective as its rich in vitamin C which decreases toxicity & increases body resistance. Add juice of two lemons in ½ liter of boiling water. Add honey & take it at bedtime. It boosts immune system & shortens the illness period.

Ginger

Ginger is considering another effective home remedy for cold. Put 1”-1-1/2” piece of ginger in a cup of boiling water & give 8-10 boils. Add honey to sweeten it & drink it hot. You can add ginger pieces in your usual tea before adding tea leaves.

Carom Seeds 

To get relieved from nasal congestion crush one tablespoon carom seeds, tie it in a muslin cloth & inhale it to get relief from blocked nose.

Take Lots of Liquids

Drink lots of liquid to keep your body hydrated. It helps mucus thinning & flowing freely making it easier to expel

Garlic

Having garlic is another very effective way to treat this common problem. You can use it as Garlic soup. Chop 3-4 cloves of garlic in one cup of water & your garlic soup is ready. Drink it once a day. Antiseptic & antispasmodic qualities of garlic flush out all toxins from the system & help to open up choked respiratory passage.

Chicken Soup

Generations of parents have spooned chicken soup into their sick children. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does have effects that might help relieve cold and flu symptoms.

According to Stephen Rennard, M.D., chief of pulmonary medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, chicken soup is anti inflammatory hence cures symptoms of cold.
                        
Let me know if these remedies help overcome this common but irritating problem.
           
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Dipawali: The Festival of Light

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Happy Dipawali

Diwali or Dipawali is one of the most awaited festivals of hindus to all over the world. Diwali is the festival of light. It marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Lights are the most important aspect of Dipawali.They decorate their home and streets with diyas,(traditional small oil lamps made by clay),electric lights,lamps and candles to celebrate the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana. Thus,Dipawali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair.
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Decorating with Rugs: Tips on Choosing the Right Area Rugs for Your Lifestyle

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Area rugs can be a magical touch to your home decor. Decorating with area rugs bring life to your room with vibrant colors or add a muted elegance. There is a dizzying array of choices in area rugs. You will find it in unlimited choices of colors, shapes & designs. It makes selecting the right area rugs to match your needs can be a very challenging task indeed. Here are a few major tips to ensure you choose the right option for your home

Shape
Area rug is available in all shapes & sizes. Choose your area rug according to the shape of your furniture & room.

A rectangular area rug at entry space will create an illusion of entry hall even if the front door opens directly into your living room.
Rectangular area rug goes beautifully with a long table in dining room. 
Modern Living Room by Austin Design-Build Firms Watermark & Company
In long shaped space rectangular area rug creates a visual order.
Traditional Kitchen by Hyannis Kitchen & Bath Designers Classic Kitchens & Interiors

Round area rug under a round table looks terrific & softens a square angular space
    Use your creativity with different shapes to give your home charm & elegance.

Size

It is important to consider size in placement of area rug. To get the perfect size measure the area you want to place your area rug with the help of newspaper or duct tape. Make the size of the area rug slightly smaller than the area to leave bare floors exposed on all sides, ideally 9-12 inches from the baseboards.
According to Designer Jennifer Duneier the size of the area rug depends on the furniture layout.

In Dining Room
Contemporary Dining Room by Berkeley Architects & Building Designers WA design

While putting area rug under your dining table, make sure it is large enough to allow you and your guests to be seated and stand up without pushing the chairs off the rug.

In Living Room
Contemporary Living Room by Durham Interior Designers & Decorators Heather Garrett Design
If you are placing large area rug in your living room, all the legs of your furniture should rest on it.   

Eclectic Living Room by Irvine Interior Designers & Decorators Blackband Design

It you opted for a small area rug, arrange the furniture around it placing front legs of the sofa on area rug.

In Bed Room
Area rug is an effective way to avoid stepping on cold floor from a warm bed.   
Modern Bedroom by Austin Furniture & Accessories Urbanspace Interiors
You can use a large rug under the bed but allow additional length on all sides of the bed to avoid hopping on cold floor. 

Contemporary Bedroom

You can place small area rugs on the floor on each side of your bed. You can position an area rug on floor at the foot of bed. It will give you a warm feeling every time you step on beautiful area rug on your bedside floor.

Cosy Enclaves
 
Contemporary Dining Room by Austin Architects & Building Designers Webber + Studio, Architects

If you have a specious room, use several area rugs to create cosy enclaves. You can use it to divide a large room into various areas of uses rather than walls or dividers. Make sure that the colors of the area rugs coordinate with each other.

Colour
While choosing the color of the area rug keep in mind these points
 
Beach Style Dining Room by Southport Architects & Building Designers Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Make sure the color of the area rug compliments and blends with the furniture, wall color & other decorating elements of the room.
 
Traditional Dining Room by Ellicott City Interior Designers & Decorators Laura Manning Bendik
Light colour area rug creates an effect of a larger space. 

Contemporary Living Room by Culver City Architects & Building Designers Natasha Barrault Design


Dark color on the other hand, tends to absorb light and lend a cosy ambiance.
 
Contemporary Dining Room by Gaylordsville Architects & Building Designers Callaway Architects, LLC
You can add a splash of colour with a bright color or rich textured area rug in a room where the colors are soft and neutral. It can be the focal point of the room.
Contemporary Dining Room by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Chr DAUER Architects

If you are using area rug in high trafficking area of your home like playroom or dining room, use dark colour as it will hide the spill & stains easily.
 
Eclectic Bedroom by Dallas Photographers Taylor Shead

Dark colour is ideal if you have pets & kids. It will not show the wear and tear as quickly as light coloured area rugs.

  Hope It will help you to find the right area rug to give your home a joyous elegance. If you find it helpful share it with your friends.
 
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