Looking for natural cold & flu remedies? You’ve come to the right place. I wrote this article for you, because I know how miserable it can be to go through the winter flu season with a sick child in the house. I have even experienced a full-blown flu last week! I want to share what I know about home remedies and how I’ve been able to stay healthy while dealing with all of it.
Let’s start with some definitions. A common flu symptom is the typical runny nose, wheezing, and sore throat. Sometimes the symptoms will include some aches and pains. All of these are the body’s way of coping with the virus.
So what can we do to relieve these symptoms? Well, most herbalists and naturopaths will tell you that there are really no ‘cures’ to cold & flu. However, they can offer some effective natural treatments, that might help you feel better. Here’s what I’ve found.
Dehydration is often a problem for people who have chronic illnesses like the flu. Not only is dehydration dangerous to your health, but it’s also a sign that you should see a doctor right away. Drinking plenty of fluids is the best way to naturally ease the symptoms of a cold or flu. If you find it difficult to swallow, drink an ice-filled glass of water instead. This simple gesture will not only relieve your symptoms, but can also help you lose weight. Some doctors will suggest that you use an OTC nasal spray like Leucatin or Singulair. These can help to treat the symptoms of the illness, but they aren’t natural cures. They are simply a temporary band aid to mask the symptoms. After the medication has run out, the symptoms will usually return.
There are also many natural cold & flu remedies, that work very well when used in conjunction with the medicines you’re taking. Natural supplements are an option to consider. If you’re still not sure about them, just remember that they’re much safer than prescription medications. Natural supplements aren’t addictive, don’t have side effects, and most importantly, they can help to reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks. Some of the best natural remedies include: Yogurt, garlic, vitamin C, ginger, Echinacea, and probiotics. If you take one or more of these it should greatly reduce your symptoms.
Echinacea is a red tea extract. It’s been used for generations to treat various ailments and is proven to be an effective natural treatment for colds. It can help to boost your immune system, clear up your congestion, and boost your energy.
You can also try some herbal teas. Herbal teas can contain natural ingredients that can help to ease the symptoms you’re experiencing. Chamomile and lavender are two popular herbs that are commonly used. Others include wintergreen, mistletoe, and Valerian.
Other natural methods that can help you include: taking deep breaths, getting more exercise, drinking more water, and reducing stress. Getting plenty of sleep is essential in your battle against the flu symptoms. Dealing with the aches and pains is important as well. Taking care of yourself and making sure you have the energy and nutrients needed is very important.
Don’t eat spicy foods and stay away from milk and soy products. Processed foods containing preservatives and artificial ingredients will aggravate your symptoms. Instead, eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. You should also try to cut back on or eliminate caffeine and alcohol. These substances have been known to increase your body’s temperature and this can trigger the onset of an attack.
Of course, before you start using any natural remedies you should consult with your doctor. There are side effects associated with them that you need to be aware of. Some of the common side effects include: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You should also be careful about buying natural remedies online. Many fraudulent sellers on the internet are out there just waiting to take your hard earned money.
Don’t neglect to talk to your doctor if you have concerns about taking any of these.