It’s tough to ignore the flu. You might be able to fight through the common cold without help. Yet when the aches, fever and generalized sick feeling of the flu strike your body, you want relief as soon as possible. For many people, their first impulse is to attack their symptoms with over-the-counter medicine, but you might not be comfortable putting so many mass-produced, artificial medications into your body. Fortunately, there are many ways you can treat your flu symptoms and get relief without reaching for a bottle of green or orange syrup.
If you’re concerned about store-bought medications but still want to treat your flu, keep these natural remedies in mind:
Your body needs vitamin C to keep your immune system running, but you won’t get it unless you eat or drink sources high in Vitamin C to boost your immunity. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are the best places to look, and eating them raw means you get the most benefit.
Many natural herbal teas — especially those made with peppermint and chamomile — can do a lot to help relieve flu symptoms including fever and stomach problems.
There’s a reason chicken soup has become a popular home remedy. Eating soup prepared with fresh ingredients is a good way to introduce protein and minerals into your body gently when you’re feeling sick. Homemade bone broth also gives your immune system a lift.
A sore throat or respiratory issues can be calmed with an infusion of freshly squeezed lemon juice. In addition to providing you with vitamin C, lemon juice can soothe your throat when added to a hot beverage like tea.
Elderberries have been shown to be a powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent, making them a great natural choice for fighting the aches and pains of the flu. On top of that, they have been shown to prevent the spread of the flu virus through the respiratory tract, which can dramatically shorten the duration of the flu in your body.
Garlic has been used as a natural remedyfor centuries, and for good reason: Raw garlic has been proven to help the body recover during an illness, so adding some minced garlic to a glass of water creates an all-natural, powerful immune-booster.
Herbal face steam:
Breathing in herb-infused steam for 15 minutes or so can prove to be very soothing when you’re suffering from the flu. One common method is to boil 2 cups of water, then remove it from the heat. Add 2 teaspoons each of oregano, thyme and rosemary. Then, with a towel over your head to help contain the steam, lean over the pot and breathe in deeply for at least several minutes. This can be very helpful in loosening chest congestion and bring soothing relief to the sinuses or a sore throat.
Whether you add some fresh ginger to a cup of tea or combine it with lemon juice, fresh ginger root is effective at relieving many sinus and congestion symptoms from the flu.
Peppermint tea can help an upset stomach, but it also can be used to help reduce a fever when rubbed directly on the skin.
Apple cider vinegar:
If you can stand the taste, a spoonful of apple cider vinegar can be very helpful for a sore throat. Of course, no one would blame you if you mixed it with some raw honey to take the edge off it.
Perhaps the simplest natural remedy for the flu is to stay hydrated with plenty of water. Drinking lots of water helps your body flush out viruses and keeps you cooler when fighting a fever.
Coming down with the flu is never easy, but there are lots of easy ways you can help your body recover and fight it. The next time you’re in the pharmacy aisle trying to decide between the green stuff or the orange stuff, consider stopping in the produce section instead and find some natural remedies.
Author bio: Dr. AbhijitShinde, Medical Director at Aayu Clinics – Lakeview Immediate Care, has a long history of experience in primary care, urgent care and ER. A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Shinde is invested in every patient’s health, whether he or she needs pediatric care, treatment for a mild fever, allergy treatments or more.
Photo Credit: Pixabay