Flu can be a mild irritant or it can really lay you low. Either way, natural flu remedies can be a good idea. They help tide over the discomfort of an illness effectively without taking medications. Remember what they say about the flu – with medication it gets over in a week and without medicines, it last for seven days!
One of the most effective natural flu remedies for dislodging the congestion is steam. Steam inhalation helps soothe the nasal passages and airways and thins mucus so that it drains more easily. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the steam inhalation is also known to help. Also use a humidifier if you have one – for added relief.
2. Salt water gargles
This simple but long honored treatment helps naturally soothe a sore throat and helps cough up the phlegm. You can do this several times a day.
3. Have plenty of liquids
Hydration is another one of the effective natural flu remedies. The liquids that you consume will help replenish the water that is lost by way of mucus, phlegm and sweat (as your fever comes down).
4. Blow your nose right
Rather than sniff the mucus back up into the nasal passages, blow it out. Blowing the nose too vigorously can bring on earache so blog gently from one nostril while shutting the other one.
5. Have soup
It is best to have hot liquids when you’re down with the flu. They help to soothe the throat and also help fight the infection. Plus having soup is nutritious and easy for a sick person to have when they don’t have much of an appetite.
This is probably the most important of all the natural flu remedies. You have to give your body time to recover so stay in bed, get help around the home and just take as much rest as you can.
7. Elevate your head while sleeping
This will help drain the congestion better and will also make for more comfortable breathing; hence more restful sleep.
This is one of the best known herbal natural flu remedies. A tincture of this can be taken 3 times in a day. It can also be taken in capsule form.
9. Other herbal flu remedies
Ginseng, elderberry and rosemary can also help you get over the flu.
10. Strengthen your immunity
Maintain a healthy weight, eat healthy and exercise regularly to boost your immunity so that you have less need for natural flu remedies or any others in future.