How to treat the seasonal cold and flu at home

How to treat the seasonal cold and flu at home

It’s that time of the year when everyone around us is either coughing or looking for tissue papers. During this season, it is likely to catch a cold or seasonal flu and it is difficult to focus on work or studies while being sick. Follow our natural cold and flu remedies to get rid of this virus ASAP. 

Hydration: The number one recommendation for recovering quickly from a cold or flu virus is staying hydrated. When you're hydrated, your body has a natural ability to flush germs out of your system.

Vitamin C: While vitamin C hasn't been proven to prevent cold symptoms, some studies have indicated it can shorten the lifespan of a cold. Plus, it boosts your overall health, including your immune system.

Sleep: It's important to get plenty of rest during cold and flu season. Sleep helps your immune system function at its best to ward off nasty viruses and bacteria.

Honey and tea: Honey has natural antiviral and antimicrobial properties. You can add the natural sweetener (opt for a local variety when possible) to a cup of ginger or cinnamon tea to relieve a scratchy throat and stay hydrated.

Chicken soup: Hot liquids, such as soup, help reduce mucus build-up and keep you hydrated. Chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce a cold's unpleasant side effects.  

A steamy shower: A steamy shower or sauna is great. If you are dizzy or weak from the flu, sit in a chair in your bathroom while you run a hot shower.

Gargling warm salt water: Dissolve 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then gargle to relieve a sore throat.

Try our remedies at home and you’ll be fine within a few days.

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