Doctor-Approved Home Remedies for Cold and Flu
Chills. Sore throat. Congestion. Colds certainly have a way of making you feel miserable. And, if you are like most people, you will do just about anything to get over them as quickly as possible. There are several home remedies that are just what the doctor ordered to get you feeling better, faster.
Salt on the Wound
A cold causes inflammation in the nose as the body produces molecules to fight the infection. Rinsing the molecules away with salt can help the swelling go down faster. A homemade saline spray or wash will keep respiratory passages moist and free of pathogens. Salt added to warm water can also be used as a gargle to relieve a sore throat.
It’s Getting Hot in Here
Steam is another way to unclog a stuffy nose and head. It is a safe way to introduce moist air into the nasal passages and lungs, allowing you to breathe more easily. It can also thin thick mucus. Adding eucalyptus oil to the steam will help to alleviate symptoms of the cold or flu even faster. The cineole contained in the oil combats viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Sweet as Honey
Honey contains antioxidants that boost the immune system and it is a well-known reliever for coughs. It can help eliminate the secondary bacterial infections that come with colds and flu. You can add two tablespoons of it to a cup of warm water or green tea. Doctors do warn against giving honey to infants or young children due to botulism.
Get Rid of That Rudolph Nose
To clear up that annoying stuffy nose, use a mentholated salve, which opens up breathing passages. This can be especially helpful at night when sleeping. Put a small dab of menthol or camphor under your nose and inhale deeply. Menthol and camphor also contain mild numbing agents that can get rid of that chapped, Rudolph-red nose.
Soup Really Does Work
It is not an old wives’ tale that chicken soup will make you feel better. The combination of chicken, broth, and vegetables inhibits inflammation of the bronchial tubes. It also contains an amino acid that is similar to a drug used to treat bronchitis. The heat from the soup will clear nasal passages and soothe a sore throat. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be Grandma’s recipe to get the same benefits.
Other hot liquids will also clear the sinuses and soothe your throat. Ginger tea has the added benefit of containing gingerols, which attack inflammation, germs and viruses. To make your own, steep two teaspoons of shredded ginger in a cup of hot water. Drink this tea 2-3 times a day for the duration of your cold.
Spice It Up
Ever eat salsa so spicy your eyes water and your nose runs? It turns out that hot peppers are an anti-inflammatory which calm irritation in your nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract. But if you aren’t a fan of salsa, garlic, turmeric, and ginger will all do the trick.
Last But Not Least
Cold-Fix is another way to strengthen your immune system while fighting the symptoms of cold and flu. This proven remedy shortens the duration of a virus and is registered with the FDA.