If you have ever had the flu, you definitely know how terrible it can be. The most effective way to scare away a cold or flu is to suppress it in early stage as soon as you start to have symptoms. Drinking a lot of water and getting rest is a good idea if you get stick. However, sometimes your condition may require a little more for the fight. Below are several herbs and supplements you can use as effective cures and preventative remedies.
- Raw garlic.
Garlic has been used for centuries as a lovely natural antibiotic, and an excellent immune system booster. To take garlic, simply peel, chop up the organic garlic cloves and swallow them whole, as if you were adding vitamins for your body. If you’re not afraid of its strong smell, you can even chew the pieces and take them like that.
- Oregano leaf extract.
Oregano is another powerful antibiotic which is best known for its ability to kill bacteria. You can buy tinctures of oregano leaf at a natural foods store. Simply take half to 1 full dropper of oregano liquid under the tongue and hold it there as long as you can. It will sting, but still be under control. Flush with a glass of fresh water.
Sometimes used in jams and lemonades, elderberry is packed with quercetin, an antioxidant with antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Whether it is homemade elderberry syrup, frozen elderberries you picked last summer, or a tea made from this lovely plant, it’s an amazing fruit to help pass a cold along and soothe flu symptoms. It tastes great, and it’s easy to get kids to take.
- Warm water with lemon.
This is simple, uplifting and soothing. Warm lemon water is comforting to a sore throat, and helps relieve nasal congestion, with an extra vitamin C boost. Adding one teaspoon of honey or ginger root to this tea will also soothe the throat and bring on the healing.
- Warm Salt Water
Salt-water rinsing helps break up the mucus and nasal congestion while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose. You can try the following recipe:
Mix about a quarter teaspoon of salt and a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Use a bulb syringe or nasal irrigation kit to squirt water into the nose. Keep one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Repeat two to three times, and then move to the other nostril.
These fighters together with good rest and a steamy shower should have you feeling fine very soon. However, remember that no matter what you use as treatment, start taking it right away, as viruses duplicate only within the first 48 hours of symptoms.