We have all heard it: Winter is coming. But before that comes the fall. And with them comes the cold. Our bodies are so sweet that they tend to act in a hospitable manner towards common cold and flu viruses. You all know how it feels: A vague feeling of heaviness in your head, a runny nose, a sore throat, an uncomfortable pain in all your body muscles. We don’t though. The gloomy memory of what it feels like to have a heavy common cold or the flu is fading for me and my husband. Using the following natural remedies and life style changes, we have almost vaccinated ourselves against common cold and the flu. Even when we do catch a mild cold, the magical home remedy for common cold, which was suggested to me by my amiable sister-in-law a few years ago, helps treat it in no time. In this post I will introduce the best home remedies for common cold and the flu treatment. I will also explain what we do to prevent catching them.
common cold and flu Treatment with the magical honey-lemon-ginger potion
Here is what you need for a natural home remedy that helps with a speedy common cold and the flu treatment:
- Hot Water (hot not boiling, 1 glass)
- Natural honey (3 tablespoons)
- Half a lemon (cut in small pieces, flesh and peel, just take out the seeds)
- Ginger (preferably fresh, 2 inches as a whole, cut in small pieces)
Now mix them all together in a mug, put a small plate on it, and let it brew for ten minutes. Then drink the whole potion and feel its magical powers. It boosts your energy and immune system, helping your body to get better in no time! Take at least three glasses of this potion at 2-hours interval. I prefer to prepare mine fresh in each serving. In my experience, drinking this potion boosts your immune system so much that it almost helps prevent the cold and the flu for your entire life!
Treating the flu with Onions and Garlic
Here is your simple low-cost treatment for common cold and the flu. Cut an onion in half and put it in your room. They say that if you swallow garlic pieces whole, it can help with your immune system. It works for many. But in my experience, if you have an infection in your body, swallowing garlic can aggravate its symptoms. For example, you might suddenly feel that you sore throat has got worse or there is a radiating pain in your ear!
Pennyroyal tea as a flu treatment home remedy
You know you need to take in lots of fluids when you catch a cold or the flu. It would be wonderful to drink fluids that would also help with the flu treatment. Pennyroyal tea has been traditionally used for treating cold and the flu symptoms. You can brew or boil the Pennyroyal leaves and sweeten your tea with natural honey to increase its soothing effects.
I am not one of those people who want to shove their own life style down other people’s throats (not that it is possible at all), but in our experience, avoiding meat at least while a person is down with the flu or has caught a cold can shorten the length of their sickness. I still remember a friend of mine who advised me eight years ago: “Are you down with the flu? Forget about chicken soup. Go vegetarian!” Well, it worked. For the last seven years that I and my husband have avoided meat. We did it for ethical reasons, but somehow we have not been involved in any sever cases of common cold or the flu for the last five years. Our vegetarian diet naturally consists of lots of fruits and vegetables, which helps improve your general health.
Please note that the above mentioned home remedies and life-style recommendations for common cold and flu prevention and treatment are merely based on my personal experiences. There has been abundant research which confirm the benefits of honey, ginger, lemon, onion, and herbal tea for the treatment of common cold and the flu, as well as the advantages of fruits and vegetables for general health enhancement, but I have not included them here since the post is supposed to be based on my own experiences of their healing powers.
Here in Nitid Life, we appreciate your experiences in solving everyday challenges. So if you know of any home remedies for treating common cold and the flu, do not hesitate to leave your comment.