Colds and flu aren’t the type of illnesses you can cure with medicines. Over-the-counter medicines available can ease some of the symptoms, but only your body’s natural immunity can overcome it completely. So why not avoid medicines and try some home remedies that will ease the symptoms while your body works its way back to health?
Nature has blessed us with a huge variety of things that can help us ease many of our symptoms, without having to go out or spend a great deal on medicines. These remedies have potentially no side effects.
That’s the easiest and most commonly used remedy. It helps clear stuffy nose, thereby helping you breathe freely. Just take boiling water in a heat-proof bowl, put your face over the bowl at a comfortable distance and throw a towel over your head to direct the steam to your face. Breathe in the steam for a few minutes and experience the relaxation.
A sore throat is another of the symptoms that cause discomfort. Gargling tends to help soothe throat pain by moistening it and providing warmth. To make an effective gargling mixture, take a cup of warm water, add a teaspoon of salt and gargle away.
Honey and pepper:
Coughing causes pain in chest and makes others think of you sicker than you actually are. A DIY remedy for a cough is to mix a teaspoon honey with a pinch of ground black pepper. Honey is naturally helpful in relieving coughs and throat irritation, and gives immunity a boost; black pepper stimulates the flow of mucus.
Ginger tea helps clear chest congestion and overcome nausea associated with the flu because of the various wonderful ingredients used in its making. To make this congestion antagonist, you need to boil a cup of water and add a small pinch of cinnamon, half a teaspoon honey and a tablespoon of freshly-grated ginger. Drink the tea hot to maximize its effectivity.
An age old remedy prescribed by every grandmother is to drink chicken soup to scare away colds or flu. A soup made with chicken and vegetables according to your own preference boosts immunity and helps speed up the recovery. Moreover, the hot soup soothes the throat, chest, and other symptoms.
Here we are sharing a drink that has special ingredients to give you relief. Prepare it simply by adding a clove of crushed garlic, a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice to a glass of water. Garlic helps reduce the symptoms of cold in general while lemon juice eases throat pain.
It is a common, classic remedy to help with chest congestion and blocked sinuses. You can use store-bought hot packs or make your own: just take a damp washcloth and microwave it for about a minute and your hot pack is ready! Check the temperature before applying it. For chest congestion, you can also use a hot water bottle by placing it between your shoulder blades or on your chest.
Now it’s your turn. What are some of your own home remedies?