7 Home Remedies That Actually Work For Cold and Flu Season
Being sick is a painful thing to do. Seriously, cold and flu season is the hardest. Fever, chills, nasal congestion, sore throat and cough are not good things. But before you go running to the doctor for antibiotics, remember that the common cold is a virus……. This means that the antibiotics won’t work and you basically just have to wait it out. So, apart from getting more rest and drinking more water, here are some home remedies that you can use to ease your symptoms and get better faster.
Rinse your mouth with salt water.
Modern medicine actually supports this ancient home remedy: there are studies that show that gargling salt water during cold and flu season can lower your infection rate. What’s even better is that the mouthwash can also relieve symptoms. Mouthwash can also relieve symptoms when you have them; loosen mucus, remove irritants from your throat, and provide mild pain relief.
Plus, it’s super easy: just dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gargle for 30 seconds and then spit it out.
Bees know best! Honey is a natural antibacterial agent, which means it kills bacteria. It’s also known as an effective cough suppressant (some studies even show it works better than some cough syrups! And it has a soothing effect on a sore throat. Add it to your tea or take it directly; both will help – and both are delicious.
Try taking some vitamin C.
Vitamin C can help boost your immune system, and some studies have shown that it can even shorten the duration of a cold. Of course, food is always the best way to get your vitamins. What is the best source of vitamin C? Strawberries, curly kale, kiwi, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, and of course, oranges.
Drink (or eat) hot liquids.
Have hot tea or some mommy made chicken soup noodles (or funky bone broth!) It can prevent dehydration and soothe the throat. If you can’t sleep, try hot tea, honey, and finally a whiskey.
To help relieve nasal congestion, you can use saline sprays, drops from the drugstore, or even a purified water bottle with distilled or sterilized water to fill your nose. These nasal irrigation techniques are very helpful for nasal congestion because it clears the nasal passages in your nose and helps you breathe more easily.
Sunlight can help your body process vitamin D, and a lack of this vitamin is associated with common colds. If you live somewhere that doesn’t get much sun during the fall and winter months, it might be a good idea to consider the option of supplementing with vitamin D.
Some studies have shown that zinc can shorten the duration of a cold. You can get some pills, supplements, or even a nasal spray — as soon as you feel a cold coming on, start taking it.