We’ve all been there with the runny nose, sore throat and aching body. So what else is there to do besides wallow away in bed and hope that sleeping it off will work? Although an instant cure is impossible, but these home remedies are sure to make that nasty cold or flu more bearable.
1. CHICKEN SOUP
Trust us – it really does work! Chicken is filled with protein and vitamin B6, which helps your body heal faster, and a broth with natural immune-boosting herbs makes for a powerful superfood. Plus, it will help you get plenty of fluids.
Try our Asian chicken noodle soup
2. GARGLE WITH SALT WATER
Aside from drinking enough clean water throughout the day, gargling salt water can help clear up a sore and phlegmy throat. Just add 1 tbsp of normal salt to a glass of warm water, stir and gargle as you would mouthwash (do not swallow).
3. STEAM YOUR SINUSES
Boil the kettle and fill a bowl with the hot water. You are welcome to add some peppermint essential oil or other natural herbs you love. Be careful not to add too much as you don’t want to overwhelm your senses. Put your head over the bowl and drape a clean, dry towel over your head so that you and the bowl are covered. Breathe in the steam for a few minutes to open up your sinuses.
4. HONEY, GINGER AND LEMON TEA
If you aren’t up for shoving your head over a bowl of hot water, then drinking herbal teas with antioxidants and immune-boosting properties may be ideal for you. Ginger, honey and lemon all contain fantastic immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties to help your body fight against illness. Just grate some ginger into a cup, pour some boiling water over it and allow to steep for 3 minutes. Place 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of honey in another mug, and strain the ginger tea into this afterwards. Stir the mixture and drink up. If the pain or general discomfort is preventing you from getting a decent sleep (the best home remedy for when you’re sick) add a tot of whisky to your tea.
5. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
It may not tickle your taste buds, but apple cider vinegar has been found to promote a variety of health benefits. To make this elixir you will need 1½ cups of cold water, 2 tbsp apple or grape juice, 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar, ½ tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp powdered stevia (or a few drops if it’s in liquid form). Combine all the ingredients together in a glass and stir until combined.
While there are many recipes for curing the flu out there, the most important remedy you need is lots of rest. And if your symptoms continue, it is best to consult your local doctor.