Natural Treatments for Cold and Flu

Feeling under the weather these past few days? Do you have the flu these days and you need to be on your feet? Here are a few tips and pointers that can help you be free of this disease. You should know that whatever symptoms you are experiencing, they are a sign that your immune system is fighting off the illness. 


Here is a list of the main symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing and Coughing
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme fatigue and diarrhea

How it all happens

When you are feverish, this means that your body is trying to exterminate the virus by creating a hot environment. This high body temperature will make the germ-killing proteins from your blood circulate more effectively. When you cough, this helps to clear the passage of the thick mucus that normally carries germs to your internal organs( more precisely to your lungs). You might find this odd, but it actually helps to blow your nose regularly rather than sniffling mucus. Just be gentle when you blow your nose, because the pressure from blowing hard may cause pain to your ears.

The natural remedies  

One way you could treat a stuffy nose is by squirting the mixtures into your nostrils with a small syringe. Let it drain and then reaper a few more times for the maximum effect. For this mixture you will need ¼ teaspoon salt, the same about of baking soda and this all has to be dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water.

The next step in the healing process is to stay warm at all times and try not to engage in any physical activities. Your body needs to rest because it is trying its best to fight the illness. So basically there is a full war going on in your body.

If you have a sore throat it helps if you gargle some water and salt. Do this as many times as you remember and your throat will improve. Honey and apple cider vinegar can also be used to gargle. It also helps to drink as many fluids as you can. Chicken soup or hot tea can also be included. Add some spices to your tea which will only speed up the healing process. Try some: mint, horsemint, lemon balm, ginger or yarrow. If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you are allowed to eat hot peppers. Even though they are known for making your nose run , in this case they will prove to be useful. The capsaicin found in hot peppers is the ingredient that will help clear your mucus. Your body will be your guide thought this healing process and it will tell you what it needs. Don’t force things and don’t; speed up the healing process. Some people take longer to heal than others. Each individual has a different immune system , so don’t stress if the cold keeps you in bed for more than 3-4 days.

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