Natural Remedies for Flu or Colds
Although there are no real “cures” for the flu, there are some natural flu remedies that seem to “short-circuit” the virus and minimize or even eliminate its symptoms. Mostly, they all work if they are used immediately when the flu appears, i.e in the early hours as soon as we feel we may be about to fall ill.
Hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide)
There is evidence that the flu virus actually enters the body through the ear canal. Many naturists recommend putting a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear, allowing a few hours between each application, as soon as symptoms appear. This eliminates the virus before it has time to multiply and spread throughout the body.
Colloidal silver is a potent natural antibiotic and antiviral. It seems to deactivate the enzyme that harmful bacteria and viruses need to survive in the human body, eliminating them relatively quickly, especially when used as soon as symptoms appear.
Elderberry is a potent antioxidant and has been used to combat disease for centuries. Recent studies indicate that it may have potent antiviral properties and strengthens the immune system. Some people use elderberry extract to shorten the duration of the flu considerably.
Sounding often and in the right way
When you have a cold, it is important to sound frequently instead of sucking the snot in. But if we sound too hard, the pressure can cause ear pain. The best way to sound is to press one finger on a nostril and gently blow to clear the other. Wash hands after blowing.
Go to bed rest
Resting when you fall ill from a cold or flu helps the body direct energy to where the immune system is struggling.
Gargle for temporary relief
Gargling can moisten an irritated throat and provide temporary relief. Test with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times a day. To reduce tingling in the throat, try to gargle with an astringent (like tea, which contains tannins) to tighten the membranes. Or prepare a thick, viscous gargle made with honey. Leave a tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water; Mix with a spoonful of honey. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before gargling. Honey should not be given to children under one year of age.
Drink hot liquids
Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration and can soothe the annoying swelling of the membranes that line the nose and throat.
Take a steam shower
Steam showers humidify the nasal passages and are relaxing. In case of being sick from the flu, we can start the steam shower while we sit in a chair next to her and bathe with a sponge.
Use a nose balm
A small application of mint balm under the nose can clear the airways and help soothe the irritation of the skin at the base of the nose. Both menthol, eucalyptus and canopy have ingredients that help soothe the pain.
Apply heat or cold pockets over congested breasts
Either temperature can help us feel better. We can buy reusable bags of heat and cold in stores or make them ourselves. Heat a damp cloth for 55 seconds in the microwave (test the temperature before to see that it is suitable for us); Or use a bag of frozen peas as a cold bag.
Sleep with an extra pillow under your head
This will help with the drainage of the nasal passages. If the angle is too annoying, try putting the pillows between the mattress and the mattress to create a more gradual slope. It is important to remember that some serious illnesses can be confused with the symptoms of a cold or the flu, and that any infection can progress to something more serious, so if you notice severe symptoms or get worse with the passage of days, you must go to the doctor.