One of the downsides of cooler weather is the arrival of the cold and flu season. As people head inside because of rain and snow, it is easier for cold and flu viruses to spread. Even though you might take preventative measures like hand washing and getting plenty of sleep, there is still the risk of getting sick.
While many people turn to prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines at the first sign of a cold or the flu, there are several do-it-yourself remedies to try in order to relieve symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms and homemade treatments.
- Sore Throat – Having a sore, painful throat is never fun but often accompanies a cold or the flu. If you come down with a scratchy throat that makes talking a chore, try gargling with items you already have around the house. These include honey, salt, and peppermint. You can also try hot chicken soup. Be sure to add some pungent spices like garlic or curry powder to thin the mucus in your throat.
- Stuffy Nose – Clear up a stuffy nose or throat with steamy water enhanced with fresh ginger or a few drops of eucalyptus oil. You can also try taking a warm shower and using a saltwater spray to rinse out the nostrils. Be sure to get plenty of hot liquids, and try to avoid coffee, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks while you’re feeling bad.
- Running Nose – A common yet annoying symptom of a cold is a running nose. Running noses occur when there is an increased production of mucus as the body tries to rid itself of a cold or flu virus. Treat a running noise with garlic soup or ginger tea. You can also drink a warm glass of milk or water with turmeric added to relieve a running noise.
- Coughing – Raw honey is a natural antibiotic that helps to keep your throat moist in order to relieve coughing. Try taking 1 tablespoon of honey 1–3 times a day in order to alleviate coughs. Thyme also helps to open up the airways and relax the muscles of the lower respiratory system. Make a thyme tea by combining 2 tablespoons of dried thyme with 8 ounces of boiling water.
- Fever and Muscle Aches – Get plenty of rest to combat a fever and muscle aches. Your body needs rest in order to heal. Drink lots of liquids. Water, clear soups, broth, and even electrolyte replacement drinks work the best to promote immune functioning to combat a cold or flu.
- Nausea – Relieve nausea with peppermint. It helps to relax the stomach muscles so that food can move through. Peppermint can be taken in many different forms, including tea. It’s also extremely safe during pregnancy.
Disclaimer: We are not health professionals and nothing we write is intended to cure or diagnose. You should consult your doctor or other health professional for your healthcare needs.