Treat Colds and Flu the ‘Natural Way’

March 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

The end of winter is in sight, but that doesn’t mean your chances of catching a cold or flu has diminished. The cold and flu season is still in full effect. Should you encounter a late-season bug, reaching for over-the-counter medicine isn’t your only treatment option.

Here are a few simple and natural things you can do to help you feel better:

  • Blow Your Nose Often – and the Right Way. Blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head.
    • The best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Blowing too hard can cause an earache.
  • Stay Rested. Resting when you first come down with a cold or flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by lying down under a blanket.
  • Gargle. Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times a day.
  • Drink Hot Liquids. Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.

Other home remedies that may help you feel better include taking a steamy shower, applying hot or cold packs around your congested sinuses, sleeping with an extra pillow under your head to help drain the nasal passages, and avoiding flying unless necessary.

Source: WebMd

Entry filed under: Alternative, Managing your health, To Your Health.

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