Natural Remedies For Cold & Flu Season

Few people make it through the winter without a scratchy throat and an annoying runny nose. You can’t very well hold your breath all winter, but you can put your immune system in top-notch form to fight colds and flu by employing a variety of natural methods for hastening recovery and easing symptoms, such as herbal remedies, water therapy and supplements.

Here are just a few ideas on helping prevent a cold the natural way.

 Water and other fluids

Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can make dehydration worse.

Salt water

A saltwater gargle — 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water — can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.

Saline nasal drops and sprays

Over-the-counter saline nasal drops and sprays combat stuffiness and congestion. In infants, experts recommend instilling several saline drops into one nostril, then gently suctioning that nostril with a bulb syringe.

To do this, squeeze the bulb, gently place the syringe tip in the nostril about 1/4 to 1/2 inch (about 6 to 12 millimeters) and slowly release the bulb. Saline nasal sprays may be used in older children.

Unlike nasal decongestants, saline drops and sprays don’t lead to a rebound effect — a worsening of symptoms when the medication is discontinued — and most are safe and nonirritating, even for children.

Chicken soup

Chicken soup might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.

Thyme for a cold

Add three tablespoons of dried thyme to one pint of boiling water. Let cool, then add one cup of honey. Take one teaspoon every hour as needed. You can store the mix in the fridge for up to three months.

Sip Tea with Local Honey for an immunity boost

If you add honey, make sure the honey is produced locally in order to be effective on your immune system. The pollens it is produced from come from local flowers, and are much more effective on things you are exposed to in your area.”

Lavender for Stress

Don’t forget that stress can lead to coming down with a cold. Lavender can help. Apply lavender oil or a sachet to your pulse points — the arteries at your wrists, neck and feet are a good start — for a subtle soothing experience.

Do you have any great ways you feel better during the cold & flu season? Let us know by using the comment section below.


2 Responses to “Natural Remedies For Cold & Flu Season”
  1. Heather says:

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  2. Great tips! Warm salt water is seriously the cure for everything. It gets rid of sore throats and coughs so well! I don’t trust anything else.

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