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Home Remedies for the Cold and Flu

 

The cold and flu season is here with all of the cold weather, something that I don’t have to you about the winter season.  With there being over 200 various viruses that can cause the common cold, it is no wonder many people are dealing with a cold.  Symptoms for the cold and flu can vary from a runny nose, congestion, coughing, sore throat, chills, headaches, body aches, feeling run down, and fever.  Symptoms can last 7 -10 days before you are completely better.  With the cold and flu season here, I wanted to share some remedies that may not be known to you.  There are natural remedies to treat the cold and flu, which most can be found in your kitchen.  

 

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Of course there is not a better treatment for the cold and flu than preventing ourselves from coming in contact with these viruses.  Unfortunately, sometimes it is too late for prevention and we find ourselves facing the cold and flu along with all of the various symptoms.  So what is the best remedy for the cold and flu, believe it or not you do not have to rush out to the drug store to purchase cold medications.  You can find natural remedies in your kitchen that are safer and work just as well as the cold medications at the drug store.  Here are some examples of natural remedies that can help lessen the symptoms.

A popular herb used for the cold and flu is Echinacea.  Echinacea stimulates the body’s immune system to increase the chance of fighting off the bacteria.  Its anti-bacterial properties makes it a good choice in treating many viral and bacterial infections.  If you feel a cold beginning, grab the Echinacea and begin taking it before the full effect of the cold and flu. It is known to reduce the length of time that you will have the cold and flu.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a sore throat and coughing with the cold and flu, a good remedy is taking honey or adding it to your tea.  As a reminder honey cannot be given to children under 1.

Another herb that is a natural remedy for the cold and flu is garlic.  Garlic helps the body fight off viruses and is known to lower your chances of getting a cold.

Ginseng is another herb that is great to battle the cold and flu. It has many benefits like boosting your immune system, preventing and treating the cold and flu.  Not to mention that it will lessen the severity of your symptoms and the duration on the cold and flu.

Peppermint oil works great to clear nasal congestion and coughing. Boil water, then put the water in a bowl with a few drops of peppermint oil. Put a towel over your head, while leaning over the bowl and inhale the steam. This will clear you right up. You can also use peppermint oil as a chest rub in place of Vick’s vapor rub, NEVER put peppermint oil directly on your skin. Put canola oil or olive oil in a small bowl, then add a few drops of peppermint oil. Mix it together, apply to your chest before bed. This helps you with the congestion and coughing at night. 

 

There are so many remedies for the cold and flu that can be found in the kitchen.  Most people don’t realize they just need to walk into the kitchen to find a remedy for their symptoms.  Not only can herbal remedies treat the cold and flu, they are also known to prevent the cold and flu.