A cold or flu usually isn’t fatal. However, it can put a heavy damper on our spirits, and test us more than most other illnesses. Therefore, it is no surprise when people anxiously rush to their doctors for their seasonal flu vaccine.
But did you know that most of these medications – even those that are backed by a prescription – come with alarming side effects? Tiredness, lethargy, nausea, runny nose, and diarrhea are just some of them. They also lower our immunity over time, so we actually end up needing them even more!
Fortunately, there’s good news. With a few simple home remedies, a cold or flu can be easily tackled, right within the comfort and coziness of your home. Yes, it is time to bring out grandma’s remedies, because some of them can work wonders on you. Here, we explore nine unfussy ways to beat the terrible flu!
10. Face It Head On with Ginger
The humble ginger root is a potent ingredient to have in your kitchen. It is loaded with several medicinal properties, and can naturally treat everything from a bad stomach to the common flu. If your flu has blessed you with a sore throat, you can effectively protect yourself against it with a bit of ginger root!
To do this, just slice an inch of ginger and chop it into small pieces. Drop this into a pan of water and bring to a boil. You can either drink this concoction straight up or strain out the ginger to reduce the spice.
Consuming this healthy concoction two to three times a day will send all your cold and sore throat symptoms flying away! It is truly that effective, as it contains gingerols and shogaols, two components with strong anti-inflammatory properties that also double as effective detox agents.
9. Sweeten It Up with a Spoonful of Honey
There’s a good reason why raw honey is associated with all things nice. It is naturally inoffensive, tastes delicious, and is known for its powerful antioxidant and immunity-boosting properties. It is also a mighty effective home remedy for a sore throat. In fact, experts even advise parents to choose honey over cough syrups to treat their young ones’ flu symptoms.
Medicated cough syrups are infamous for their (albeit small) alcohol content, and more doctors are “prescribing” honey to heal a bad cough overnight. There is also the added advantage of its pleasant taste, making your children less resistant to this happy medicine. However, do note that honey is not advised for infants below one year of age.