You Can Get Over Colds and Flu Naturally!
Colds and flu aren’t the type of illnesses you can cure with antibiotics or other prescription drugs. However, some of the available over-the-counter medicines can ease some of the symptoms. Yes, they only help with the symptoms. Only your body’s natural immunity can completely overcome a cold or flu. 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 massive 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. Below are 7 quick ways to get rid of colds and flu naturally.
Steam is the most accessible 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 container 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. You can also add a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oils to get more bang for your buck.
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. My mother used to make these gargles for me when I got strep throat. It didn’t taste good, but it sure did work!
Honey and Pepper
Coughing causes pain in the chest and makes others think of you sicker than you are. A DIY remedy for a cough is to mix one teaspoon of 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. You will get the most benefits if you can find and use local honey.
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 added benefit is that ginger is great for an upset stomach.
An age-old remedy prescribed by every grandmother is to drink chicken soup to scare away colds or flu. According to your preference, a soup made with chicken and vegetables boosts immunity and helps speed up the recovery. Moreover, the hot soup soothes the throat, chest, and other symptoms. I want to add that homemade chicken soup is ALSO delicious!
Garlic has many health benefits, including getting rid of colds and the flu. Here we are sharing a drink that has unique ingredients to give you relief. Prepare it by merely 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: 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?
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