WELLNESS WEDNESDAY 11/08/23

Natural Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

WELLNESS

11/9/20232 min read

gray teapot beside mug filled with tea and lemon on top of table
gray teapot beside mug filled with tea and lemon on top of table

Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season with Natural Home Remedies

The cold and flu season can be a challenging time for many of us. Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief, they often come with unwanted side effects. Luckily, there are natural home remedies that can help alleviate symptoms and support your immune system.

a salt shaker sitting on top of a table
a salt shaker sitting on top of a table

Warm Saltwater Gargle

When you have a sore throat or a cough, a warm saltwater gargle can provide much-needed relief.

Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds before spitting it out. The salt helps reduce inflammation and fights bacteria in the throat, while the warm water soothes irritation.

Honey and Lemon Tea

Sipping on a hot cup of honey and lemon tea can bring comfort and relief when you're feeling under the weather.

Honey has antibacterial properties, while lemon is rich in vitamin C, which can boost your immune system.

Mix a tablespoon of honey and fresh lemon juice in a cup of hot water and enjoy this soothing beverage throughout the day.

person pouring water on white ceramic mug
person pouring water on white ceramic mug

Steam Inhalation

Inhaling steam can help clear congestion and ease nasal discomfort. Boil a pot of water and carefully lean over it, covering your head with a towel to trap the steam.

Breathe deeply for about 10 minutes, allowing the steam to unclog your sinuses. For added benefits, you can enhance steam inhalation by adding a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil.

white ceramic plate with orange soup
white ceramic plate with orange soup

Ginger and Turmeric Immune-Boosting Soup

Both ginger and turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

To make a nutritious soup, sauté chopped ginger and turmeric in a pan with some olive oil. Add your choice of vegetables and vegetable broth, and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Season with salt and pepper for a comforting and nourishing bowl of soup.

a laptop on a bed
a laptop on a bed

Rest and Hydration

One of the most important remedies for combating cold and flu is rest and stay hydrated. Rest allows your body to heal and recover while hydration helps flush out toxins and keeps your respiratory system moist. Drink plenty of water, herbal teas, and warm broths to stay hydrated, and prioritize getting enough sleep to support your immune system.

When cold and flu season strikes, you don't have to rely solely on medication to find relief. These natural remedies can provide comfort and support to help you through this challenging period. Remember to consult a healthcare professional if your symptoms persist or worsen. Stay healthy by incorporating these natural home remedies into your routine and give your body the care it deserves.