10 of the best home remedies for colds and flu
Fight the flu from the comfort of your couch with these top tips to combat a sore throat, blocked nose and cough
Winter is here, and we all know what that means - flu season is here too!
Symptoms of the flu tend to cause a number of us walking around zombie-like with blocked noses, aches, pains, chills and headaches.
Of course, you could always get the flu shot to prevent you from ever becoming sick this winter. If you want to know more about the flu shot - what it is, and if you should get it - then have a look at one of our latest blog posts on the topic.
But, if you didn’t get the flu shot and can’t seem the beat the flu and end up sick in bed and feeling sorry for yourself at home, then keep reading to discover the top 10 natural flu-fighting remedies…
1. Stay hydrated
When you have the flu, you are often dehydrated, especially if you are suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating and congestion.
This is why it is important to stay hydrated. By ensuring you drink enough water, you are helping your body to heal.
Stay away from caffeinated beverages and alcohol. A good trick to find out if you are drinking enough water is to check the colour of your urine, it should be a pale yellow.
2. Chicken soup
For years, generations of parents have served chicken soup to their kids with colds and flu. But, were our parents always right? It turns out, they could have been!
A study was done on chicken soup and flu and found that it may help ease symptoms such as a blocked nose and sore throat.
Some experts suggest that this is due to the vapour released from a hot bowl of soup, which helps ease congestion.
Others think that the healing properties of soup are more emotional, but either way, lying in bed and eating a hot bowl of soup could be good for you!
3. Embrace your inner couch potato
Don’t forget to listen to your body.
If your body is telling you not to exercise, then don’t.
If your body is urging you to spend all day in bed, then do that.
Rest a is one of the best ways to help your body to heal and fight off infection. This is also why it is so important to ensure you are getting enough sleep every night.
4. Use a humidifier
Have a steamy shower or use a humidifier in your room to allow moisture to fill the air.
Breathing in moist air helps to ease a sore throat and nasal congestion.
5. Make your own humidifier
If you need a quick solution to open up your blocked airways, then this is a great trick.
Fill a pot with boiling water. Place it on the counter (making sure not to burn the counter with the bottom of the pot).
Placing a towel over your head, close your eyes and lean over the bowl - the towel will keep all of the steam in.
Breathe in deeply through your nose for 30 seconds. And repeat as often as necessary.
You can also add a drop or two of peppermint or eucalyptus oil. A small dollop of Vix also works wonders.
6. Use a warm compress
On your forehead and nose, place a warm cloth to relieve sinus pain or headaches.
7. Use cough drops and lozenges
You will be surprised as to how well a throat lozenge or even hard candy can help in easing a cough or a sore throat.
8. Gargle with salt water
Gargling with salt water is a great way to get rid of thick mucus collecting at the back of your throat. All you have to do is: dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. You will then gargle this solution for a couple of seconds before spitting it out.
9. Ask for help
Being sick at home with the flu is no fun. And having to drive to the shops to buy some things to make you feel better like soup or throat lozenges can prove difficult.
That’s why it is a good idea to ask for help when you need it. A friend or family member could maybe help get you some things from the shops and keep you company while you are under the weather.
10. Hot water, lemon and honey
One of the best solutions for a sore throat is a teaspoon of honey, some fresh lemon juice and hot water. Drink this 3 times a day to soothe a sore throat.
Many believe that honey has a number of healing properties.
Go to the doctor
If you do not get better after a few days and you feel as though your symptoms are getting worse, then it might be time to see your doctor.
Having health insurance that pays you BEFORE you see your doctor will certainly help with the stress of affording private healthcare.
Yours in health,