Natural treatment tips for colds and flu
Looking for a natural or alternative treatment for your cold or flu symptoms? Here are 12 tips that may help relieve your symptoms.
1. Know When not to Treat Symptoms
This is also a good remedy for flu. Believe it or not, those annoying symptoms you’re experiencing are part of the natural healing process evidence that the immune system is battling illness.
For instance, a fever is your body’s way of trying to kill viruses by creating a hotter-than-normal environment. Also, a fever’s hot environment makes germ killing proteins in your blood circulate more quickly and effectively.
Thus, if you endure a moderate fever for a day or two, you may actually get well faster. Coughing is another productive symptom, it clears your breathing passages of thick mucus that can carry germs to your lungs and the rest of your body.
2. Blow Your Nose Often
It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can carry germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing earache.
Furthermore, the best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. This is also a good remedy for flu.
3. Treat That Stuffy Nose With Warm Salt Water
Salt-water rinsing helps break nasal congestion, while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose. This is also a good remedy for flu.
4. Stay Warm and Rested
Staying warm and resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by resting. This is also a good remedy for flu.
Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. This is a good remedy for flu. Therefore, gargle with half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces warm water, four times daily.
Besides that, to reduce the tickle in your throat, try an astringent gargle such as tea that contains tannin to tighten the membranes. Or use a thick, viscous gargle made with honey or honey and apple cider vinegar. Seep one tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water. mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling.
6. Drink Hot Liquids
Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. This is a good remedy for flu.
Furthermore, if you’re so congested that you can’t sleep at night, try a hot toddy, an age-old remedy. Make a cup of hot herbal tea. Add one teaspoon of honey and one small shot (about 1 ounce) of whiskey or bourbon. Limit yourself to one. Too much alcohol will inflame the membranes and make you feel worse.
7. Take a Steamy Shower
Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and may help you relax. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.
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