It is that time of the year again when the change in weather hits us all!
Immunity levels suddenly drop, paving the way for cold, cough, flu, and body aches, which hamper our daily activities, work and physical well-being.
So whats the solution? With no long-term solution to this issue, the only way is to either avoid it or treat it!
Here are natural ways to heal from a cold and flu.
1. Steam Therapy:
Ways to Use Steam Therapy
a. Traditional: Boil a few cups of water, then pour the steaming water into a large bowl. Place gently on a firm flat surface such as a kitchen table. Put a towel over your head to form a tent. Lean over with your face 15-20cm from the steam and inhale. Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil and Holy Basil Leaves can be added for extra benefit.
b. Shower: Run a hot shower and inhale the steam you can even use few drops of essential oils to help refresh and revitalize.
2. Gargle :
Gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus. This helps in flushing out irritants or bacteria.
One can also add Turmeric juice or powder to have an antiseptic effect.
One can gargle every 4 hours if the cough/cold is troublesome.
3. Maintain Hydration:
Cold and flu symptoms like runny noses and sweating, which often accompanies fever, increase the amount of water your body loses. Dehydration might occur if your fluid intake is not increased to compensate. Keeping your body hydrated also helps loosen mucus in your nose and relieve congestion.
When you have a cold or flu, drink a minimum of 2 litres of fluid each day.
Try these herbal concoctions:
Herbal Tea: In a glass of boiling water, add apinch of cinnamon, a few holy basil leaves, crushed ginger and a few crushed black peppercorns. Add honey and drink while hot.
Carom Seeds Infused Water: Boil Carom Seeds in water. Strain and add Jaggery powder. This helps in relieving cough and congestion.
Garlic Concoction: Combine 2-4 cloves,chopped garlic and 3-4 slices of fresh ginger with 1 cup of Cover and let it steep for at least 20 minutes. Add honey and lemon to taste. Drink it while it is luke warm.
Raw Turmeric Drink: Boil a 1inch piece of raw Turmeric or a 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder for 5 minutes. Add ginger juice/honey and consume.
Green Tea and Chamomile Tea
Soups: Vegetable soup/chicken soup/clear soup/chicken broth, lemon coriander soup, garlic spinach soup, tomato fennel soup, veg broth. Ahot bowl of soup helps break up the congestion associated with both colds and the flu. The salt in the soup and its warmth can soothe a sore throat.
Rest is the best treatment! When you have a cold or flu, doctors recommend get plenty of bed rest. When you limit mobility/take rest, your body has more resources to fight off your illness. You can do light intensity workout if you have the energy.
Walking, yoga or a light jog. All these stimulate you to take deep breaths and can help open up clogged passages.
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