Best Home Remedies for the Cold/Flu
The worst is when you catch that winter cold or flu. It knocks you on your back, and takes everything out of you. The colder months make illnesses more likely because the cooler temperatures drop our immune system. We also spend more time indoors with other germ-carrying humans, making spreading illnesses easier. Here are some ways to naturally alleviate your cold and flu symptoms this year.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): ACV has a strong taste, but it works like a charm. A tablespoon or two a day will flush out your lymphatic system. You can take a shot of it, or have it mixed in with something else. It’s best to have a little something on your stomach so that it doesn’t irritate your digestive system. It’ll take the junk from all over the body and expel it easily. You might notice your nose running more than usual. That’s the ACV doing it’s job. Don’t worry–it won’t stay that way forever!
- Humidifier: The winter months come with heaters and recirculated air. It’s thin, dry and cold. Add in some moisture to your air with a humidifier. There are hot and cold humidifiers to give your respiratory system the chance to loosen up. You’ll breathe easier, and find it easier to get rid of congestion. If you can breathe better, then you’ll sleep better, too.
- Hot Showers/Baths: Taking a hot shower or bath will give your system a burst of humidity. Breathe deeply to reap the benefits of the humidity. It can also help your body fight the infection by raising your body temperature. You’ll feel better from washing off the clammy sweats. Bundle up quick afterwards so that you don’t get chilled.
- Rest: The tried and true home remedy for most anything is rest. When we sleep and rest, our body uses all of its energy to repair itself. Our bodies are incredibly resilient, and are able to fight off lots of bacteria and germs. We have to give it the resources and opportunity to do its job. You need to rest your mind as well as your body. Don’t break a mental sweat or a physical one. Leave the stress of the job and physical exertion for another day.
- Hydration: The more water you have in your system, the better. Your lymphatic system will flush everything out with ample water, and help your immune system create more germ fighting white blood cells. Other known additives to water can give you antioxidants and have germ fighting power. Things like ginger, peppermint, honey, lemon juice, and even a shot of whiskey can do the trick.
- Chicken Bone Broth: We’ve all heard that chicken noodle soup is the go-to for illnesses. There’s a scientific reason for that. Bone broth contains marrow, which builds up your immune system. It has salts to replenish electrolytes, and it has good fats to help you stay feeling full. And obviously, it’s a great way to hydrate.
Of course, medications have their place, but they shouldn’t be the only thing that you rely on. Make your first line of defense homeopathic remedies, and supplement your efforts with over the counter medications to give your body an extra boost. Wash your hands often to prevent being down and out this year.