Flu is basically a viral infection, which spreads in the whole body. It starts with basic illness symptoms, like fever, fatigue, etc. and slowly results in sore throat, cough and many more unpleasant symptoms. The worst part is that it’s highly contagious. It spreads through the droplets, released from the infected person’s respiratory system. These droplets can be airborne and transfer through breathing.
Symptoms of Flu
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body ache
- Lack of appetite
- Stiff and aching joints
- Night-time congestion and sleeplessness
- Severe chills from fever
Here are a few home remedies, which will help you fight flu and recover faster.
1. Rest, Rest and more Rest
You need to take a lot of rest to recover from the flu. As such, you’ll feel a lot of fatigue, so, it shouldn’t be difficult. Sleep more than usual and go easy on yourself for a few days. You’ll preserve a lot of energy by resting, and that is what your body needs to fight infection.
2. Steam Treatment
Breathing steamy air will help clearing your nasal passages. Take a hot shower for 10 to 15 minutes. It will clear the mucus and relax your muscles at the same time. If you feel taking a bath is inconvenient, just turn on hot water and let the bucket fill. Close the bathroom door so that steam builds inside the bathroom.
Drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration. Drink at least twice of what you normally do.
4. Homemade Stews
It’s medically proven that hot liquids help in stimulation of the immune system and suppression of bacteria. Drink hot herbal teas, hot chicken soups, and homemade vegetable stews.
5. Sugar and Carbs Free Diet
Sugar and carbs are believed to amplify the infection. Remove sugar and carbs completely from your diet for a few days. Instead, feed on healthy proteins and vegetables.
6. Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Homemade elderberry syrup is known to ease a lot in the condition of flu. Here’s how you can make it.
- 2 or 3 cups of black elderberries (Sambucus Nigra)
- 2 fresh or dried ginger
- ½ tsp clove powder or cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 3.5 cups water
- 1 cup raw honey
- Boil water in a saucepan; add ginger, elderberries, cloves and cinnamon. Let it cook on simmer for an hour. Cover it, while you are cooking it.
- Remove it from the heat. As soon as it gets slightly cool, pour it into a container, using a strainer.
- When the liquid gets lukewarm, add honey to it and stir properly.
- Store in the fridge.
½ to 1 tsp for kids and ½ to 1 tbsp for adults. Take it once a day as soon as you notice the symptoms. If flu gets worse, increase the dose up to once in every 2-3 hours.
7. Flu Fighting Fruit Drink
What could be better than a fruit drink that fights flu as well? Lemon has been used in various medication practices in different forms. As lemon is highly acidic, it makes the mucus membrane distasteful for the bacteria. For the fruit drink, you need lemon oil. Lemon oil has anti-bacterial, anti- fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Here’s how you can make this lemon drink that will help you fight flu.
- Chop one lemon. Add its pulp, skin and everything into 1 cup of boiling water.
- Inhale the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain it and add honey to enjoy your drink.
Flu may result in sore throat and cough, which can be very irritating. So, you must gargle with saltwater. Just add a pinch of salt to lukewarm water and gargle with it in every 3-4 hours or whenever you feel your throat is irritated or itchy. This is a time- honored cure for sore throat.
9. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is of great help in flu as it’s a powerful antibiotic and antiviral. Put one drop in water and drink it in every couple of hours. Oregano oil is not recommended in pregnancy. So, act accordingly.
10. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic apple cider vinegar is alkaline in nature, and it’s believed to kill any yeast that may be building up. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water and take it every two-three hours.
11. Pain Relievers
You may experience a lot of pain in the joints and muscles. You may take pain relieving medicines, like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Avoid Aspirin in case of kids and teens, as it increases the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
12. Licorice Tea
As most people would stick to rather bland food while sick, there are some spices that actually do good to you. Buy a licorice green tea and drink it. If you feel, your body is responding against it, decrease the consumption.
13. Salt Bath
While consuming salt helps relieving sore throat, a salt water bath also relieves your muscle pain and sore joints. Just add a handful of salt in warm water in your bathtub and have a nice relaxing bath. The salt will reduce your pain, reasonably.
14. Pepper Stew
Pepper is great when it comes to thick mucus and heavy cough. The irritant properties of pepper stimulate the running and flow of mucus. Add 1 tsp of black pepper and some honey (to sweeten it) in a cup of water. Bring it to boil and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir and take small sips.
15. Mustard Plaster
You must’ve heard your grandma bragging a lot about mustard and its endless benefits. Well, mustard does have healing properties, which are pretty effective in case of the flu. Make a mustard plaster by blending together 2 to 4 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp dry mustard, water and egg white. Form a thick paste. Spread the paste on a handkerchief and cover it with another handkerchief. Apply olive oil on the chest and put the mustard plaster on the chest. It may give you a burning sensation, so, remove after a few minutes and wash off.