We all know colds and flu can leave you feeling truly lousy, so here are some natural remedies to help fight off those sniffles!
Garlic is a common food ingredient and studies have shown regularly consuming garlic may help prevent flu and the common cold. Eating garlic has also shown to speed up your recovery if flu does hit!
Garlic contains compounds that really help the immune system fight off germs and eating raw garlic is said to be more beneficial as it contains the compound Aliin that holds antimicrobial properties.
Echinacea is a herb that grows wild in parts of North America. It’s widely used as a herbal supplement to prevent colds and flu. Echinacea has a mix of active substances that are said to have antimicrobial and immunity boosting powers. You can buy echinacea supplements or drink echinacea tea, which is really delicious.
Coughing is one of the most common symptoms of cold or flu and while there are many medicines on the market to apparently help this, studies have shown honey may be a better choice. Studies found that honey works better than two leading cough medication! It works by sooting the irritated mucous membranes which removes that irritated feeling in your throat that fuels the cough reflex. Try mixing a teaspoon of honey in some warm water with a little lemon juice for a soothing drink.
Ginger is known to be very anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so it makes sense that it’s a cold and flu remedy! Ginger can help with nausea, congestion and fever. Try adding it to your honey & lemon water drink, making a ginger shot or adding it to stews and curries along with garlic, of course.
Here at 1001 Remedies we’re all about those essential oils! There are many powerful essentials that can help your cold and flu symptoms. Eucalyptus oil being one of them as it has antiviral and antimicrobial properties which have historically been used to treat the common cold. Peppermint oil is also widely used as a natural decongestant. Our PurAir aromatherapy room spray contains both eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil to help detoxify your air, protect against viruses and reduce any cold/flu symptoms you may be feeling as well.
A tickling, sore throat is one of the worst cold/flu symptoms. To help clear away bacteria and viruses from the back of the throat try gargling warm, salty water a few times a day. Just make sure you don’t swallow it!
Liquorice is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra which has a variety of health benefits. Glycyrrhizic acid (the main component in liquorice) has been shown to reduce inflammation, sooth coughs, thin mucus and it has antibacterial properties too. Of course you can eat liquorice, take supplements or try sipping on a liquorice and peppermint tea throughout the day.
Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system so works wonders in preventing cold and flu but it’s also been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms if flu does hit and help you recover faster. You can take supplements or eat foods such as tomatoes, broccoli, kiwi, lemon, oranges, strawberries, cauliflower and many other fruits and vegetables.
This superfood is a traditional Indian spice and medicinal product. The main active ingredient in turmeric is anti-vital, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory making it great at preventing illnesses. Add turmeric to your main meals such as curries and stews, make a turmeric latte with some honey too or stir into porridge with cinnamon.
While steam wont kill off a cold or flu virus it is a great way to clear a stuffy nose! Simply fill a bowl or pan with steaming hot water (make sure you don’t burn yourself!) then place your head over the bowl with a towel covering you so you breathe in all the steam. Breathe deeply through your nose to open up the sinuses and clear the airways. Do this for 10-15 minutes a day until you start to feel better.
While all these remedies may reduce your symptoms of cold/flu and support your body in boosting its immune system remember resting, drinking plenty of fluids and eating whole, nutrient dense foods is the key to a healthy body and will no doubt help you recover faster if the dreaded flu or common cold strikes