10 Top Home Remedies to Fight Cold and Flu
The symptoms of a flu-like fever, cold, sore throat, nasal congestion, body ache etc. can wreak havoc on the mind and body. Prevention is the best cure. Though prescription medicines are easily available, some simple home remedies can ward off the flu or arrest the symptoms. Here we have for you, 10 home remedies to combat the common cold and flu.
Warm water concoction of lemon ginger is best in cold. Supplement your drinks with fruit juice and warm soups and electrolytes. Herbal tea with honey and ginger can soothe a sore throat.
Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee or cola. Caffeine is diuretic, it drains the fluid in the body leaving one feel dry. Alcohol is an absolute no in flu as it dehydrates the body.
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin is naturally produced by the body when exposed to the sun. A simple 10-15 minutes exposure to sunlight builds strong immunity and protects from flu and cold. Avoid air conditioners, as cold provides a breeding ground for bacteria and virus to grow.
A small bulb of garlic is a health-boosting powerhouse with a natural antibiotic, which has anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. It also has strong immunity building qualities. For the most potent effect, garlic should always be minced or crushed 5 minutes before use, as the sulfur in the garlic is released only after crushing it.
Load your body with frequent sips of warm lemon water and honey, hot healthy soups and ginger honey concoction. Lemon is a natural source of vitamin C which builds immunity. Hot drinks help fight the virus and soothe a sore throat.
When sick, mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps relieve cough, congestion and lower fever.
Take steam with a pinch of rosemary or with plain water, steam helps clear nasal congestion and soothes a sore throat. You can use a steam vaporizer 3-4 times a day, depending on the intensity of the cold, it loosens congestion. Try neti for nasal irrigation, fill a neti pot with saline or salt water, pour into one nostril and drain from another, it also helps in bronchitis and sinus related problems.
The most important aspect of naturopathy treatment is the diet. On its onset, flu also attacks the gut and the bowel gets constipated. You need to eat immunity building foods to fight the cold and flu. Get rid of all whites from your food like milk, sugar, all dairy products, and junk food. Any food that suppresses the immune system is a strict no.
Take natural products instead of in capsule form, Take raw ginger garlic as its effects are diluted in capsule form. Herbs have strong immunity building elements. Elderberry, has strong anti-flu properties, make a natural syrup at home. Nettle leaf has rich vitamins which keep the body hydrated and is a strongly recommended herb. Yarrow used as tincture shortens the illness period.
The antibacterial and antibiotic properties of Tulsi leaves (Holy Basil) have the potential to treat fever caused by common infections. A decoction of Tulsi leaves boiled with cardamom is used to treat fever. The enormous healing properties of Basil comes from the phytonutrients present in it which destroys all the pathogens. http://www.natural-cure.org/health-tips/health-benefits-of-tulsi-or-basil/
Take rest, when the body sends signals not to exercise, listen to your body. Don’t work against your body in the face of severe cold or flu symptoms. Rest facilitates the body’s ability to fight infection. Getting enough sleep is vital to prevent any illness. Fill yourself with gratitude and a strong positive vibes, strong mind builds a strong body.
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Posted by Pragya Sinha