Sunday, December 29, 2013
Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu
Colds and flu can leave you feeling miserable with a stuffy head and body aches. The germs that cause them are easy to catch, meaning that is important for you to practice prevention and know just how to treat them should you catch one. Proper treatment can go a long way to allowing you to heal faster. Here are some natural remedies that will put you on the road to recovery quickly.
Blow Your Nose Correctly and Often
When you have a cold, it is vital to regularly blow your nose instead of sniffling so that the mucus doesn’t go back into your head. An earache can result from the pressure that causes the germ carrying phlegm to go back into the ear passages when you blow hard. Pressing a finger over one nostril and gently blowing to clear the other one is the best way to blow your nose.
Warm Salt Water Treats a Stuffy Nose
Bacteria and virus particles are removed from the nose and nasal congestion broken down by rinsing with salt water. One popular recipe is:
Mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with ¼ teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water. Squirt the mixture into your nose using a nasal irrigation kit or bulb syringe. Allow it to drain and repeat the process up to three times before treating the other nostril.
Stay Rested and Warm
The body is aided in directing energy toward the immune battle when you first get the flu or a cold when you remain rested and warm. Help the body by resting because the body is taxed by the battle.
Temporary relief can be achieved by moistening a sore throat by gargling. Four times a day dissolve half of a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and gargle with it.
Try an astringent gargle to reduce the tickle in your throat by tightening the membranes. This would include a tea containing tannin, or a viscous, thick gargle made with apple cider vinegar and honey or just honey. Use two cups of hot water and allow to steep with one tablespoon of lemon juice or raspberry leaves; mix in one teaspoon of honey. The mixture should be at room temperature before using it to gargle.
Drink Hot Liquids
The uncomfortable inflammation of membranes lining the nose and throat is soothed, dehydration is prevented and nasal congestion relieved by hot liquids. Try an age-old remedy known as the hot toddy if you cannot sleep because of congestion or make a cup of hot herbal tea. Mix an ounce (small shot) of bourbon or whiskey with a teaspoon of honey; keep it to one. You will feel worse because the membranes will become inflamed with too much alcohol.
You will be aided in relaxation and the nasal passages moistened by steamy showers. Take a sponge bath while sitting in a chair nearby while a steamy shower is running if you are dizzy while you have the flu.
Treat Congested Sinuses with Cold or Hot Packs
You can make your own cold or hot packs or purchase them at the local drugstore; either temperature works. Heat a damp washcloth for fifty-five seconds in the microwave to apply heat. You will want to ensure it is not too hot by testing the temperature first. The same effect as a cold pack can be gotten from a bag of frozen peas.
Tammy Mahan has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She enjoys writing and often writes articles for Healthline.Com.
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