Here are some of the best natural flu and cold remedies (that actually work) to relieve symptoms and speed up recovery.
Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat
Apple Cider Vinegar - Simply add one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to eight ounces of water. Gargle a mouthful, then swallow. Repeat up to three times, then swish your mouth with water to rinse the acid off your teeth.
Ginger Turmeric Milk - Both ginger and turmeric are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and come with a hefty dose of antioxidants. Mix ½ teaspoon of powdered turmeric and 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger with ¼ cup water and a ½ cup of dairy, almond, or coconut milk. Heat until the milk almost boils, then sweeten if desired. Consume up to three times daily.
Natural Remedies for a Cough
Thyme - It’s packed with cough-suppressant compounds. Muddle up thyme leaves and cover in boiling water, leaving to steep for 10 minutes.
Honey and Lemon (my personal favorite) - Sometimes the simplest remedies are the most effective. Honey and lemon are mild antibiotics that soothe and coat the throat, suppressing the cough reflex. Drink in warm water or add to your tea of choice.
Natural Remedies for Congestion
Eucalyptus Steam - To get some relief from sinus pressure, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of hot water. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, allowing yourself to breathe in the steam for up to 10 minutes.
Natural Antiviral Remedies
Echinacea - Scientists tested the effectiveness of echinacea in a double-blind 2013 study, finding that it can help fight off infections when taken at the first sign of illness. When you start noticing you’re getting sick, dissolve a dropper of echinacea extract in water and drink, up to three times daily.
Oregano Oil - The essential oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which will help your body fight off the flu. Add 20 to 30 drops to a tablespoon of water and swish around in your mouth a few seconds before swallowing. Repeat four times daily.
These natural remedies are not meant to completely replace over-the-counter cold medicine or a doctor’s recommendations. And, as always, tons of water and rest are the best natural remedies out there.
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