Homemade Remedies for Flu

Homemade remedies for flu are the choice for people who want to avoid commercial medicines While there are no natural cures for the flu, natural flu remedies promote a healthy body with fewer side effects than traditional medicines.

Symptoms of Influenza
Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory system, including the lungs, nose and throat. It shouldn't be confused with the stomach flu, an inappropriately named condition that is characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. True influenza symptoms include a deep cough, runny nose, headache, high fever, aches and chills.

What to Take
Use natural foods, pills and supplements to help your body resist the influenza virus. The stronger the body, the faster the recovery.

  • When the cough first begins, take vitamin C tablets to boost the immune system.
  • Garlic capsules are also though to help rid the body of viruses.
  • Hot chicken soup can provide protein and liquids, helping to strengthen the body and ease symptoms.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, as the body is prone to dehydration with influenza. While some people recommend hot tea, it's also a good idea to drink plenty of water, as well as drinks that replenish electrolytes, such as sports drinks.
  • Throat lozenges may relieve the symptoms of influenza, especially if you are suffering from a sore throat. Choose lozenges with zinc included in the ingredients for maximum absorption.

What to Do
There are certain activities that flu sufferers can do to help alleviate the more severe symptoms of the condition.

  • Get plenty of rest. Since one of the symptoms of influenza is fatigue, the body is already near exhaustion. Exertion will only create more fatigue.
  • Take a hot bath. The water will relax aching muscles and the steam can penetrate a stuffy nose.
  • Use a saline mist for plugged nasal passages. It can also help relieve the sinuses as well.
  • Prepare a vapor pot by boiling water on the stovetop. Put a few drops of essential oil, such as peppermint or eucalyptus, in the water. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the pot, creating a tent full of steamy vapor. Breathe in the vapor for as long as you can.
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