Many people turn to over-the-counter medications and other drugs when they find themselves in the midst of a cold or flu. But medicines don’t always work, and many of them simply repress the symptoms without actually curing or relieving the cold or flu itself! Here you will find some cold and flu remedies that won’t empty your pocketbook.
Cold and flu remedies can also be very expensive and budgets are tight for some now a days. Here are some tips that most everyone already has in their home and cost little or nothing.
Home remedies have been used to cure the cold and flu for thousands of years, and are today still the most effective treatment for many people with the cold and flu.
One of the most frustrating aspects of any flu or cold is the congestion, which makes it
difficult to breathe and can cause headaches, runny noses, and difficulty sleeping.
Inhaling steam will help reduce congestion, making it easier to breathe and soothing a runny nose. Steam can be created using a humidifier; if you do not have a room humidifier, boil a pot of water and (carefully) hold your head over the pot while breathing through your nose, preferably with a towel over your head to keep the steam localized. You can also find congestion or sinus pressure relief by taking a hot shower with the bathroom door closed.
When you have a cold or flu, your body will need to use plenty of its energy to combat the sickness. When your body is cold, however, it must direct some of the energy it would have otherwise used to help cure the flu or cold into making you warm again. You will get over your flu or cold faster if you stay warm—use thick blankets, small room heaters (only when you are awake) and other sources of heat to make sure that your body isn’t spending its energy trying to keep you warm when it could be battling your cold and flu instead.
Do you have a sore throat? Gargling salt water can help that go away. The salt will draw out the moisture in your mucus.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Staying hydrated is one of the most important parts of curing a cold or flu. Keeping your body hydrated not only makes you feel better; it can actually help liquefy the thick mucus that can cause severe congestion, pain and difficulty breathing. Avoid drinking liquids with caffeine, such as coffee or soda pop, as caffeine will actually cause your body to become more dehydrated. You may also consider drinking hot drinks, such as natural teas without caffeine, to help soothe congestion as well as sore throats.
OK this one sounds a little crazy right off the bat, but from my experience this really works! When your sinus are clogged and congested they swell up. So a way for you to relieve that swelling is to take a bag of frozen veggies and place them on the bridge of your nose! Leave them there as long as you can tolerate. This is something that can be done as often as you like.
If you don’t like taking medicines or you can’t afford to buy it than this is for you. All you have to do is mix 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of honey. I know it sounds gross but it really works. This is great for an irritating cough or a sore throat.
Garlic is great for your immune system. So if your sick you can add garlic to your chicken noodle soup when you are making it. You can also suck on a garlic clove and it will help you boost your immune system. Just don’t go kissing anyone after you do, cause your breath may be a little gross.
Honey and Lemon
Here is a trick if you have a cough and cold. Honey has been used for many years in my home. Hone and lemon will help loosen up chest congestion. If you fill a jar with lemon slices and then fill the jar with honey and seal the jar and let the mixture set over night. This jar will last 3-4 months in the refrigerator.