Do you feel a cold coming on? A sore throat, sneezing, headache, cough, stuffy nose, and/or runny nose are all symptoms of colds and flu. Of course, there are lots of over-the-counter remedies that relieve these symptoms. But before you back your car out of the garage and head to the grocery store, consider some natural remedies. I have some suggestions to help ease your cold or flu symptoms in a natural way.
- Gargle Salt Water: Pour about a teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of water. Gargling salt water can soothe a swollen, sore throat and remove bacteria.
- Take a Hot Shower: The steam of a hot shower serves to loosen congestion in the nose and sinuses. Plus, the heat can help to soothe sore, achy muscles due to a cold or the flu.
- Enjoy Some Chicken Soup: Chicken soup is a traditional remedy for someone with a cold. Chicken soup contains a component called carnosine that supports the body’s immune system in its defense against the flu. So it turns out that the chicken soup tradition is worth keeping!
- Stack Your Pillows: Getting some extra sleep when you have a cold or flu gives your body the rest it needs to focus on healing. Be sure to put an extra pillow under your head to relieve congestion and allow your nasal passages to drain as you rest.
- Drink More Water: It’s easy to get carried away with drinking soda when a cold is making you feel lousy. But caffeinated soda can make you lose more fluid by going to the bathroom more often. Alternatively, drinking pure water not only helps to make you feel cooler, but it also keeps you from becoming dehydrated if you have a fever. And why not keep up the water habit after you feel better?
- Tea and Honey for Me! Fix up your favorite cup of tea and put a teaspoon of honey into it. Honey is a natural cough suppressant and can soothe a sore throat. As a bonus, honey is delicious!
- Use a Hot Cloth: Run a washcloth under hot water (not too hot!) and drape it over your face. The heat from the cloth can help to decongest your sinuses as well as soothe some of the discomfort.
- Eat Some Orange Slices: Slice up an orange to eat. Oranges contain vitamin C, which can shorten the duration of a cold.
- Increase Your Zinc: Zinc assists your body in making germ-fighting cells, so eat some foods that are high in zinc, such as nuts, eggs, chickpeas, or beans.
- Use a Neti Pot: The purpose of a neti pot is to rinse mucus out of your nostrils. They are easy to use and painless and can help to get rid of congestion.
One of the best things about using natural remedies for the cold or flu is that you are likely to have the ingredients somewhere in your kitchen cabinets. I hope these ideas prove helpful to you. Stay well, and thanks for reading. – AlanClose