Monsoon season does bring relief from scorching heat, but what comes with monsoons is cold and flu. Whenever there is a change in the weather, an average adult is likely to experience symptoms of the common cold like, runny nose, cough, sore throat and mellow fever.
Common cold and flu are highly contagious, and one normally takes three or more days to recover from. But just in case you catch a cold or flu, you can ease your symptoms using some effective home remedies which we have shared below.
So if you are searching for a home treatment to flu and cold, here are 9 ways that can help you relieve your symptoms.
Probiotics are live microscopic organisms (bacteria) that help keep you from getting colds or seasonal flu by protecting the immune system against flu viruses.
Drinking an adequate amount of fluids is important to ascertain a quicker recovery from cold and flu, as fluids help to loosen mucus in your nose and relieve congestion.
Chicken soup can help shield your body from cold and flu by slowing the movement of white blood cells. That means, they remain concentrated in the zones of your body that requires healing.
Honey is full of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It is an excellent cough suppressant, a spoonful of honey before bedtime reduces the severity of cough symptoms. Try drinking honey with lemon in tea for sore throat pain.
Applying salve on chest before bedtime opens closed air passage, gets rid of congestion, reduces cough, and promotes sound sleep.
Sipping on hot tea that has fresh lemon juice and honey tends to reduce mucus. Drinking room-temperature lemonade also helps. Foods like limes, oranges, grapefruits can get you your daily dose of vitamin C that your immune system needs.
Flu and common cold spread easily in dry environment. Bathing with warm water creates humidity, thus reducing your exposure to flu causing virus. If you’re suffering from body ache then add baking powder and epsom salt to the water.
Gargling with Lukewarm Salt Water
Gargling with lukewarm salt water may decrease the severity of cold symptoms by easing away sore throat pain and nasal congestion.
An effective remedy to manage common cold and cough, flaxseed can be consumed by preparing a mixture with lime juice and honey. All you have to do is boil flaxseed until they thicken. Then, add a few drops of lime juice and honey, and consume the mixture for cold relief.
Get better sooner!