Whenever the weather becomes cold as it has been for a while, symptoms of cold and flu spread around. Before you know it, almost everyone around gets “under the weather”. Those evenings when you may not be able to dash to the pharmacy, these remedies could be helpful. Be sure to always have any of the items at home.
Honey, Ginger and Lemon Mix
The antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic properties of these three combined make for a very effective therapy. To relieve congestion and make breathing easier.
In addition to that, they taste good!
Slice lemon into quarters and pack into a seal-able container. Grate ginger, and add to lemon (the amount is up to you). While stirring, fill same container with honey.
To use, add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to hot water. Stir and drink.
Turmeric has antiseptic properties that help a lot in treating viral infections like cold, flu and cough. Milk has rich content of calcium and provides instant energy.
Stir 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in 1 glass of warm milk.
Regular intake of this turmeric milk will give instant relief from the aching throat and runny nose.
Steam and Eucalyptus Oil
Breathing in steam from boiling water can soften mucus. While adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil can enhance the effect of steam therapy as the oil contains antibacterial
properties which can soothe burning sensations in the throat.
Salt and Hot Water
Gargling with salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 glass of hot water) will help to ease a sore throat. Take twice daily.
Massaging the chest, back and neck area with garlic paste mixed coconut oil will give a quick relief. For maximum result, keep the paste in place with a patch or bandage.
Fluids and Warm Liquids
Cold and cough will cause dehydration and thicken the mucus. So, drink plenty of water and other fluids to stay hydrated. Intake of black tea, lemon water, okra water, cinnamon tea, etc. will help to get complete relief from the cold.
The best way to avoid contracting influenza or cold is to keep yourself warm as well as drinking plenty of fluids.
Keep your environment clean always. Also make handwashing a habit.
Remember to see your doctor in the event that symptoms don’t alleviate.