Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms
Although the fall season marks the beginning of many holidays ahead, it’s also the time when typically the flu season arrives as well. In fact, the flu virus generally tends to see cases begin in the month of October with the majority of cases occurring during the months of January and February.
Doctors generally recommend everyone to be vaccinated with the flu shot if you are 6 months of age and older and higher doses for age 65 and older, although some people are not able to because of an allergic reaction to either the flu vaccination, or a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
The truth is every year in the United States approximately 5-20 percent of the population comes down with the influenza virus with more than 200,000 people being hospitalized with complications from the flu virus.
If you are one of the millions of people who are trying to find relief for the nasty cold and flu symptoms, there are natural remedies that can help combat these symptoms.
It’s important to remember, however, that the flu virus can become a serious illness and it’s best to be evaluated by your doctor for severe symptoms and complications.
Here are some of the Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms
• Keep Hydrated
Generally, both the cold and flu can cause nasal and respiratory congestion from a buildup of thick mucus that develops in your sinuses. Increasing the amount of liquid in the body can help to thin and liquefy the mucus in your upper respiratory system allowing your nasal passages to drain for easier breathing.
• Nasal Irrigation
There are two ways to irrigate the nasal passages to rinse and flush the sinuses for clearer drainage.
1. Add a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of warm water.
2. Draw up the warm liquid into a clean bulb syringe.
3. Leaning over a sink, press one nostril closed and squirt a small amount of the warm salt liquid into the other nostril.
4. Let the liquid drain out and blow your nose for any remaining liquid.
5. Repeat the same procedure with the other nostril.
6. Clean the bulb syringe with warm, soapy water and rinse well.
1.Repeat the same procedures in step one except instead use a clean Neti Pot for the irrigation of the nasal passages.
Although this may seem like an old wives tale you heard passed down for several generations, eating chicken soup for the cold and flu to relieve symptoms actually does help according to some studies.
In fact, research has found that a compound found in chicken soup known as carnosine can help the body’s immune system fight off the early stages of flu symptoms.
• Healthy Tea
Fighting a cold and flu virus can be soothed by the help of a healthy tea. A healthy green tea with the added benefits of ginger, honey, and lemon can help boost the immune system and natural defenses of the body to help soothe and decrease the strength of a cold and flu.
Combating cold and flu symptoms with the help of some home remedies can help soothe the pain and discomfort associated with these viruses making the healing process much easier.