How to Naturally Cure a Cold or Flu
With cold and flu season around the corner, more and more people will be subjected to the sniffles, coughs, sneezing, sore throats, and so on, but before you reach for an over-the-counter medicine, take the time to think about everything nature has to offer that can relieve your suffering.
Stuffy Nose Remedy
Forget about those chemical based nasal decongestants that can be addictive and harmful and turn to a saline solution that you can make at home:
Boil one cup of water and let cool.
Meanwhile, sterilize a glass bottle and allow it to reach room temperature.
Pour the cooled, yet boiled water into the sterilized bottle.
Add 1/4 tsp kosher salt.
Use a bulb syringe or eye dropper to draw the solution, inserting it directly in the nostrils.
Shelf life: approximately 2 days.
Sore Throat Natural Remedy
When you feel that scratch or pain in your throat, act fast to kill the bacteria. This solution of baking soda and water can do the trick.
Add a 1/4 tsp baking soda to a glass of water. Drink most of the solution, leaving a small amount with which to gargle.
Try sage tea. This aromatic herb is superb for a sore throat. Either buy the packaged tea bags or the herb itself and steep it in boiling water. Sweeten with an organic honey, which is also a natural antibiotic.
Dry, Nagging Cough Home Remedy
Make some Thyme Tea. This comes in the form of tea bags for convenience, but don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand. Most of our kitchens are stocked with dried thyme leaves, a commonly used herb in many cuisines, and this will do just fine. Remember to sweeten your tea with organic honey, which is also a natural antibiotic.
Boil a couple of cups of water with a heaping teaspoon of thyme for about 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy. It should stop your dry cough almost immediately.
Garlic is a natural healer. Eaten raw, it can do wonders, although most prefer a supplement. Taking 3 garlic supplements each day during your cold or flu will kill your bug dead and get you on your feet sooner. Remember that garlic may irritate your stomach, so take it with food.
Drink, drink, drink and rest.
Plenty of fluids are necessary to flush your system clean and return to normal. Hydration is an absolute must, as is getting lots of rest.