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Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Cold & Flu In 2021

Dealing with a cold or the flu? Some natural remedies might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable. Here’s a look at some natural ways to combat cold and flu.

The cold and flu are the most common upper respiratory infections. These are caused by viruses. 

Cold and flu symptoms are similar but in the flu, a person also suffers from fever, headache, and body aches.

11 best natural home remedies for fast cold & flu relief

Conventional treatments do not provide quick relief from cold and flu symptoms. Many home remedies can alleviate your symptoms quickly. Home remedies that can be used at home to get fast relief from cold and flu are given here:

  1. Chicken soup: Hot chicken soup is a great home remedy to get relief from cold and flu symptoms. Studies suggest that a hot bowl of chicken soup protects your body from recurrent infection and promotes quick healing. Soup also has great nutritional value and helps in boosting up the immune system.
  2. Ginger: Ginger is one of the main ingredients used in Indian kitchens. It is also known for its medicinal properties. You can boil a few slices of ginger in a cup of water. Drink it slowly to get relief from sore throat and cough.
  3. Honey: Honey is believed to possess antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. You can prepare lemon tea and add one teaspoon of honey to drink it slowly. It gives quick relief from throat pain. Honey also helps in boosting up the immune system. It is a useful home remedy for children to get relief from the symptoms of cold and flu.
  4. Garlic: Garlic consists of a compound called allicin. It is known to possess antimicrobial properties. Studies suggest that garlic helps in reducing the symptoms of cold and flu and also helps in boosting up immunity.
  5. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an important vitamin that boosts up the immune system. It is an important vitamin for your body. It is mainly found in oranges, limes, grapefruits, green leafy vegetables, and lemons. You can add one or two teaspoons of lemon juice in a freshly prepared tea with honey to get relief from cough and sore throat. It also helps in detoxification and is an excellent remedy for upper respiratory infections.
  6. Probiotics: Adding probiotics to your daily regimen helps in boosting up the immune system. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that are present in your body. Yogurt is the best source for getting probiotics. Yogurt also provides other nutrients to the body and promotes healthy functioning of the digestive system.
  7. Saltwater: Saltwater is an excellent home remedy to get relief from sore throat. Gargle with salt water twice a day to get relief. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle to get quick relief.
  8. Humidity: You can increase the humidity in your house by using a humidifier because cold and flu viruses spread easily in the dry environment. Increasing humidity in your home helps in reducing allergic symptoms and makes it easier to breathe. This is useful in winters because in winters dry indoors can increase the chances of getting cold and flu and can aggravate the symptoms.
  9. Warm baths: Taking a warm sponge bath also helps in reducing the cold and flu symptoms. You can add Epsom salt and baking soda to the bathtub. This helps in reducing body aches. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil or tea tree oil to get a soothing effect on your body.
  10. Use hot packs: You can use hot packs on your sinuses to get relief from cold. Use a damp washcloth and heat it in the microwave for a few seconds. Make sure that the temperature is right to apply to your sinuses.
  11. Keep an extra pillow under your head: When you sleep at night, keep an extra pillow under your head to feel better. It will give you relief from congestion.

You can also consult with one of our doctors for free at www.biogetica.com

What Are Some Herbal Remedies For A Cold?

Herbal remedies are also believed to boost up the immune system. Herbal remedies also help to improve the functioning of the upper respiratory system naturally. Herbal remedies for cold include the following:

Triphala Guggul: It is traditionally believed to support the normal functioning of the respiratory system. It is also believed to boost up the immune system. [1]

http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?q=Triphala+Guggul+in+URTI&hl=en&btnG=Search&as_sdt=1%2C5&as_sdtp=on

Piper Nigrum: It is traditionally believed to give quick relief from the symptoms and also boost up immunity. [2]

http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?hl=en&q=Piper+nigrum+in+URTI&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0

Piper Longum: It is traditionally believed to cleanse your body and removes oxidative stress. It rejuvenates your body naturally. [3]

http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?hl=en&q=Piper+longum++in+URTI&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0

Tinospora Cordifolia: It is traditionally believed to boost up the immune system and also contributes to boosting the immune system. [4]

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.996/abstract

Curcuma Longa: It is traditionally believed to build immunity and relieve oxidative stress. [5]

http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?hl=en&q=Curcuma+longa+in+URTI&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0

Rubia Cordifolia: It is traditionally believed to help fight against stress and also supports the functioning of the respiratory system. [6]

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.996/abstract

Prevention tips

A few prevention tips are given here that may help you to prevent recurrent respiratory infections:

  • Limit your exposure to illness. Practice good hygiene by taking shower daily.
  • Wash your hand before eating food
  • Wash your hands before doing an activity that brings you in contact with your nose, eyes, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Keep your items separate such as toothbrushes, towels, utensils, and drinking glasses.
  • If you are sick, stay at home to protect other people from getting sick. Also, maintain a distance from people who are sick.
  • Get enough sleep, remain physically active and manage your stress by doing meditation
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body well hydrated. Also, eat nutritious food to fulfill your body’s needs.

When to consult a doctor?

If you start developing any complications from the flu, you should consult a doctor. People who are above 65 years of age are at a risk. Pregnant women, children under the age of 3 years, people with a weak immune system, suffering from lung problems, and heart diseases are also at risk of developing complications.

You should consult with a doctor if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse. You should see a doctor if you feel trouble breathing, have a high fever, feel irritable, chest pain, or experience extreme fatigue.

What to expect from your doctor?

When you visit a doctor, he/she may ask you to get some blood tests done. He may also order an X-ray of the chest. He will take your complete medical history. He may prescribe you conventional treatments to give you temporary relief.

You can also consult with one of our doctors for free at www.biogetica.com

Reference Links:

  1. http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?q=Triphala+Guggul+in+URTI&hl=en&btnG=Search&as_sdt=1%2C5&as_sdtp=on 
  2. http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?hl=en&q=Piper+nigrum+in+URTI&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0 
  3. http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?hl=en&q=Piper+longum++in+URTI&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0 
  4. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.996/abstract 
  5. http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?hl=en&q=Curcuma+longa+in+URTI&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0 
  6. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.996/abstract 

 

Dr. Ritu

Dr Ritu Sandhu, B.H.M.S., Homeopath, and NASH member graduated From Chandigarh Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, INDIA is a licensed Homeopathy practitioner since the last seventeen years. She writes on health-related topics to share her cumulative experience. Her mission is to uphold the time-honored values of compassion and humanity when caring for patients.

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