Natural Flu Busters
Does the dreaded flu have a hold on you?
Fight back with these natural remedies!
In my part of the world, this winter has been far colder than is comfortable - to say the least. The season of colds, coughs, and the flu is almost over, yet it seems that many people are still struggling to fight various bugs. Here are some natural remedies to help you fight back.
First of all, sit back, relax and call in sick. You will not be doing yourself or your co-workers any favours by going in to work.
Drink plenty of fluids!
It is very important that you stay hydrated to give your body a fighting chance against the flu. Drinking water will help your body fight the virus or bacteria by flushing out toxins. It will also serve to cool you down if you have a fever, as well as thin and loosen mucus from your chest. Because your appetite will likely be suppressed, you will not be getting your usual water content from food making it more essential to drink.
2. Citrus and berries
Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and berries are your best friends when fighting the flu bug. These fruits are high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and helps lessen the duration and symptoms of the flu.
Ginger-lemon tea is a natural cold and flu remedy. Boil 2 cups of water with 2 inches of cut up ginger. Let it simmer on low for 10 minutes. Add the juice of half a lemon. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mix or you can take it in capsule form instead with your tea. Cayenne serves to thin and loosen mucus. Both the ginger and cayenne pepper have a very warming and clearing effect. Your sinuses will thank you!
Here is a natural cough syrup that also serves to ward off vampires! Grate or press one garlic clove. Place it on a teaspoon and add some raw honey! Yum! Repeat 2 to 3 times daily.
If you are experiencing a sore throat, here is a gargle recipe that's sure to help. To half a cup of warm water, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. Mix and gargle deep in your throat for 30 seconds and repeat. Remember to brush your teeth after, as turmeric will stain.
A humidifier, especially at night, will really help you breathe easier. You are likely congested and breathing feels like a chore. A humidifier will moisturize your breathing passages and make it easier for you to get the rest you need.
To help loosen the mucus from your chest, use a heating pad or hot water bottle. Place it on your chest while you sleep. It will also keep you warm if you are experiencing the chills.
Last but not least, SLEEP! Your body is fighting an invader. It needs plenty of rest to recover. Prop yourself up with a second pillow to reduce sinus pressure. You will be able to breathe easier this way. Sleep, sleep, sleep, and things will look better in the morning.
Take care of yourself so you can get back to your healthy self. And fingers crossed...spring is just around the corner!