Home Remedies for the Flu
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Influenza, commonly known as “the Flu,” is an upper respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Influenza has no known cures; however, there are lots of home remedies that can help with the symptoms of the flu, and even shorten your sickness’ lifespan! Check out these great, home-brewed cures that will help ease the pain of the flu.
Keeping hydrated: One of the most important things you can do while you are sick, regardless of the illness, is drinking water. Keeping your cells hydrated will help to replace the fluids lost, and will help them to heal faster, getting you back on your feet and feeling 100% in short order!
Sleep it off: Eight hours a day might seem like a lot of sleep, but your body will need a lot more than that to get better during cold and flu season. Resting ten hours a day with a few scattered naps will energize your body, giving it the extra boost it needs to keep battling against the virus and get you healthier, sooner!
Chili pepper: Chilis are a great way to help stop a flu in its tracks. Adding a little spice to your chicken soup will get your nose and throat back to normal by clearing your sinuses and helping to fight mucus buildup.
Lemon: Adding a slice of lemon to your tea or water can also help to fight the symptoms of the flu! A splash of lemon can help to keep your nose and throat clear, fight inflammation, and also adds a little flavor to your water. Yum!
Mustard: Mustard is a great anti-inflammatory! And mixed together with egg whites a little flour, it makes for the perfect, home-brewed vapor rub for your chest. Take a teaspoon of dry mustard, a teaspoon of flour, and an egg white and mix it up. Spread the mix over your chest for about 7-10 minutes before you shower. Make sure to get all of the mustard off of your skin; it can burn your skin if left on too long!
Painkillers: Taking a few painkillers every few hours will help to fight your inflammation caused by the flu. You’ll be able to breathe easier, and the pain medication will also help fight the sore, aching muscle pain you get along with your other influenza symptoms! You’ll need to take one to two pills every four or five hours!
Garlic: Adding a little garlic to your chicken soup will also help to fight off influenza, so drop a clove or two into the pot when you are stirring up some chicken soup for yourself!
Honey: Add a little honey to each of your hot drinks. The honey helps to break down mucus in your sinuses, allowing you to get rid of some of the congestion! With a little honey, you’ll feel better in no time!
Water vapor is key: Take a hot shower. Boil some lavender and mint in a pot of water and inhale the steam. Start a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom. Drink some hot tea or hot soup, inhaling the steam from the cup of bowl. Anything that humidifies the mucus-filled pathways of your nose and throat will help you to breathe easier and heal faster!
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