Treating cold and flu the natural way
As far as modern medicine has come, we are yet to discover a cure for the common cold. Many of us rely on over-the-counter medication to see us through – but if you’re looking for a few more natural treatment options, take a look at our suggestions below:
1. Blow your nose often
When you have a cold it is more beneficial to blow your nose regularly than to continuously sniff mucus back into the head. Be sure to blow gently however, as blowing hard can lead to excess pressure, which may result in earache.
2. Rest up
Giving your body the chance to rest gives it the energy it needs to battle with the cold/flu virus. This battle can be taxing, so give yourself the best chance by resting up in those crucial first days of illness.
3. Gargle to help sore throats
Gargling is useful as it can moisten and lubricate the throat, offering temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water four times a day. To help with a tickly cough, try an astringent gargle that will tighten membranes. Thick gargles containing honey can soothe while providing an antibacterial effect. (note: honey should not be given to children under 1 years old)
4. Drink hot liquids
Hot drinks such as herbal teas or honey and lemon can help to relieve nasal congestion, soothe inflamed membranes and help to prevent dehydration.
5. Have a steamy shower
Steam from the shower will help to moisturise nasal passages while the warm water will help to relax you. Take extra care if you are feeling dizzy or have a temperature.
6. Use an extra pillow
An extra pillow at night will help with the drainage of nasal passages to help decongest for a better night’s sleep.
If your symptoms are severe or they don’t improve, be sure to seek medical help.
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