Colds and Flu
The most common infections that humans catch are the cold and flu and they are hard to avoid.
There is no vaccine for the cold. As for the flu, the vaccines which are made available do not protect against all possible strains and some people catch it anyway.
The symptoms of the common cold and the flu are often indistinguishable: fever, itchy and runny nose, sinus pain, itchy and sore throat, headache and body aches.
The best remedy against colds and flu is a strong immune system that is supported by a sensible diet:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Fresh fish
- Whole grains
- Lean chicken and meat
- Nuts and legumes
Another way to deter infection is to wash hands after using the bathroom, after using public transport, a public telephone or even holding on to the handrails on the elevator. This is because the viruses responsible for the common cold and the flu are easily transmitted when we touch things that have been touched by an infected person.
Any droplet of breath or saliva that is virus-laden can be transmitted by hand as it reaches the mucus membranes and will probably lead to infection. So, touching your nose, eyes and lips with unwashed hands can potentially introduce a cold or flu into your body.
There are a lot of cold medicines that you can purchase over-the-counter. Some of them actually stall the body’s natural healing process because they prevent necessary functions of it, such as, drainage of infection by drying up the nasal passages.
If your nose is stuffy, put your head above a bowl of steaming hot water with a towel draped over your head and breathe in the steam deeply. This really helps to liquefy mucus and facilitate the much needed drainage process naturally.
An ice pack placed on the head can relieve a headache from a cold.
Sometimes, a headache results when the sinuses are inflamed. When this happens, the cheeks, nose area and pretty much the entire face can ache and feel like it’s going to explode.
- Prepare two bowls: fill one with ice water and fill the other with hot water (as hot as you can stand).
- Soak a small face towel in each of the bowls.
- Alternate the hot and cold compress on your face, letting the compress stay until the heat of cold from the towel dissipates.
Also, gently massaging the area around the nose can help to loosen mucus build up and bring relief.
A Neti pot is a handy little gadget that helps with sinus infections by draining the mucus build up.
Gargling with warm salty water can alleviate an itchy and sore throat and help with healing. If the itchiness is accompanied by phlegm, add lemon juice as this will loosen phlegm.
Hot peppers and spicy foods naturally clear up sinuses and stimulate drainage, which speeds the healing process.
- Licorice Root – Licorice root has glycyrrhizin a natural anti-viral that studies have shown is effective in fighting the flu. In Ayurvedic medicine, licorice root is an effective expectorant. Check with your doctor if you are taking any medications as licorice can conflict with some.
- Garlic – Garlic is a natural immunity booster. There are all natural garlic supplements available over the counter, or if you can take it you can eat fresh garlic a few times per day. One way to make this easier is to sprinkle some crushed garlic over scrambled eggs or some other food that you enjoy.
- Thyme – Fresh Thyme or Thyme essential oil can help during a cold or flu because it is a natural expectorant helping to clear the lungs of mucus, which, speeds healing.
- Tea: Make a Thyme tea by steeping 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme in a cup of boiling-hot water for 10 minutes.
- Make a thyme steam bowl: Boil water and place into large bowl. Add some fresh thyme or a few drops of thyme essential oils. Cover your head with a towel and place it over the bowl and inhale the steam.
Drink a lot of pure vegetable, pure fruit juice and water as this will bring fever down and it will keep you from getting dehydrated. Pure means freshly squeezed without added sugar.
When you have the cold or flu, you will certainly lose your appetite. Eating chicken soup and crackers is a good way to keep your strength up and provide your body with proper nutrition that will give it needed energy for healing. Plus, chicken soup just makes you feel better, ask your grandma.
Hot Tea With Lemon
Hot tea with lemon and honey soothes everything and anything associated with a cold or flu, it just feels good going down.
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*DISCLAIMER: THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE MEDICAL ADVICE, IT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING ANY HOME REMEDY.