It’s not always necessary to use medicinal remedies to fight colds and the flu. Many natural remedies can help as well, and here are eight of those natural remedies.
Get plenty of rest and keep warm. This may sound obvious, but most people push themselves to go to work or school, or to do the tasks which are on their list for the day. By resting, the body is given a better chance to fight the cold or flu, because it is not distracted by other tasks, so its energy is focused on the immune system.
Eating certain foods can fight some of the unpleasant symptoms. Rice and bananas can ease diarrhea and settle an upset stomach. Blueberries have a natural aspirin, so they can ease pain and aches and settle a fever. Onions can help clear the airways. Chili peppers can clear the sinuses and break up any mucus in a person’s lungs.
Gargle salt water. This moistens a painful throat. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and then gargle four times each day. If your throat is irritated, you can gargle using tea or honey.
Drink plenty of hot liquids. This will help ease congestion, fight dehydration and soothe the inflamed membranes in the throat and nose.
A hot steamy shower is good as well, because it helps the moisture get into the nasal passages. The warmth of the water may help relax people and can also help them sleep better, if done just before bed.
Elevate the head when sleeping. The flu and colds can make it harder to sleep, because congestion makes it more difficult to breathe and coughing may also occur. Put an extra pillow under the normal one. In fact, you may need a few more, depending on the quality and thickness of each pillow. Another option is to sleep sitting in a recliner or sofa. These steps help reduce congestion and coughing, thereby making sleep a little easier to achieve.
Make your own cough and cold syrup. The ingredients that combine to make this potent remedy are: honey, lemon juice and coconut oil. Honey and lemon juice both have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Lemon juice also boosts the immune system. Coconut oil is full of antioxidants and lauric acid, which contains antiviral and antibacterial properties. Mix these ingredients to create a powerful immune system booster, which can also ease a cough and sore throat.
Take vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D has antimicrobial properties that can kill fungi, viruses and bacteria. Most people tend to stay inside more now than ever before, so they aren’t exposed to sunlight, and thus are unable to get enough vitamin D naturally. Taking supplements to increased vitamin D levels is a wise idea when fighting colds and the flu.
The natural remedies for colds and flu on this list are easy to use. If your doctor prescribes medication, ask him or her if natural remedies can still be used, to win the battle faster and ease the intensity of the symptoms.