Here we share some home remedy for cold and flu as the winter season is going on and the weather that causes all the misery will effect most of the people. The virus that causes cold and flu are highly contagious and there’s no denying that they play havoc with our health. Cold and flu are leading causes of visits to the doctors and days missed from work. Adults get an average of four colds a year. They get more if they smoke or spend a lot of time around small children.
Cold symptoms restrict themselves to the upper respiratory passages. In other words, from the shoulder down you feel pretty good. The flu comes on quickly and produces all-over sick symptoms such as:
- Congested or drippy nose
- Sore throat
- Heaviness on chest
- Chills and fever
- Appetite loss
Of course, there is abundance of herbal cold and flu remedies but to choose best of them is difficult so, here I am sharing some of my best experience to overcome cold and flu.
- Add an immune system tonic, such as astragalus or reishi, to your dailyregimen during cold and flu season.
- If you feel cold or flu coming on, use immune system stimulant, such as Echinacea, and antiviral herb to help your body marshal its own defense.
- You can make your own herbal saline solution by mixing ½ tsp of table salt on healing decoction of berberine containing herbs goldenseal, Oregon grape root, gold thread and barberry- act as natural antibiotic ad mucous-membrane tonics. Spraying or using drops of this decoction in your nose can help loosen congestion, making it easier to expel.
- Basic cold and flu tea.
This tea blend combines herbs to soothe the symptoms of the usual cold and flu symptoms with onset that fight virus and bacteria.
- To make the tea blend, combine equal part of:
- Dried peppermint leaves
- Dried lemon balm leaves
- Dried elder flowers
- Dried yarrow flower
- Store in an airtight jar away from heat and light for up to a year.'
To make one cup of tea:
- ¼ liter water
- 1-2 teaspoon tea blend
- ½-1 tsp of fresh grated ginger(optional)
- Lemon juice
Bring water to boil, and then remove it from heat. Add tea blend and ginger steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain; add honey and lemon if desired
- Of course any remedy works best when you also allow yourself proper rest and stay warm,
- Increase hot fluids intake such as hot vegetables soups, chicken soup, warm water with honey or apple cider vinegar or lemon its help to loosenphlegm.
- Eat nourishing food cooked along with garlic, ginger and pepper flakes.
- And also start taking 500 mg of vitamin C four to six times a day or increase the intake of citrus fruits.
Prepared by : Dr. Shivani Amola