The flu and its symptoms are among the most upsetting things we all end up facing time and again. There are various medicinal products which are intended to cure or relieve flu symptoms, but apart from these costly and often repulsive products, there are also natural remedies which can be really helpful.
When flu season does its rounds make sure to get plenty of rest, eat well and look after your health so that your immune system is at it’s best, this is especially important for seniors and those that are frail.
First off, make sure you do get some rest and do not rush off to work. You are sick, and you need time to heal. So improve your condition a bit by keeping warm and rested. Secondly, make it a point to drink plenty of hot beverages. These help to prevent dehydration as well as relieve nasal congestion and soothe your throat. A cup of hot herbal tea is ideal.
One of the worst flu symptoms is undeniably the blocked or stuffy nose. Make sure to perform some salt water rinsing so as to break the congestion as you would also be removing the bacteria from your nose. There are sprays which can be bought over the counter, but better still, you can prepare some salt mixture yourself. Simply mix a quarter of a teaspoon of salt with a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Then, squirt into your nostrils one at a time. This is a simple but very effective home remedy which will make you feel so much better. You can also prepare some homemade salve to apply on the irritated skin at the base of your nose using some menthol and eucalyptus. This will also help to open up your breathing passages. Nasal and sinus congestion are common flu symptoms. Try inhaling steam so as to remove the congestion.
If your sore throat is what is troubling you most, gargling with half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water can bring some relief. You can also use some honey and apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice in hot water.
These are very simple home remedies which you can use to relieve flu symptoms. Medications will be helpful if the flu persists and if you are running a fever, but depending on whether your sore throat or your blocked nose are troubling you most, the above home remedies are very effective.