As dangerous and virulent as it can be, the flu or cold does not require antibiotic treatment since it is initiated by a virus. However, its symptoms, such as fever and pain, can be relieved. And paracetamol is not the only solution! There are natural remedies that can relieve you and help your body fight infection.
Colds and flu-like illnesses are common in winter. They can, however, be avoided or relieved if they have already been contracted, thanks to simple and natural remedies!
In the face of the flu, you need to be patient. You cannot speed up healing. However, various remedies from complementary medicine can help relieve flu symptoms. It is different in the event of cooling: a cold will go away faster with good natural remedies.
Drink loads of water.
In the case of cold or flu, it is important to drink enough. Drink water, herbal tea, or fruit juices. For each degree above normal body temperature, you should drink an additional liter to compensate for the loss of fluid.
Your body can only recover properly if you give it enough rest.
If you have the impression that cooling is preparing, a sweating cure can work miracles. It increases the body’s defenses. Take a hot bath with three to four drops of thyme oil and drink one to two cups of sudorific herbal tea (elderberry, lime blossom, chamomile, and ginger). After that, go to bed and cover yourself well. However, sweating cures are to be avoided if you suffer from heart or circulatory problems.
Flu or influenza infection?
The symptoms of the flu suddenly appear, including muscle pain, high fever, and headache. The flu lasts for about seven days, during which patients usually do not get out of bed. It then takes an additional week or so to fully recover. During influenza infection, the nose often starts to run, and then a sore throat appears. Fever is not systematic, and it heals faster. If you’re not sure if you’ve got the flu or simple flu infection, you can be sure it’s not flu.
Important: If the cold or flu symptoms do not improve after a week, see your doctor.
What to do against fever?
Cold compresses can help lower the fever. Soak two towels with water and vinegar, and place them around the calves. Wrap yourself in a terry towel and cover yourself. Change the pads once they have warmed up.
What to do against colds?
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a liter of water. Rinse your nose with this solution. It eliminates viruses and bacteria from the nasal cavities.
What to do against cough?
Coughing occurs reflexively. The body is trying to extract foreign bodies from the airways. A cold or flu usually starts with a dry, irritating cough, which then gives way to an oily cough.
In the event of a dry cough, lukewarm milk with honey, as well as a plantain or rosehip herbal tea, reduce the irritation. Infusions of primrose, fennel, anise, or thyme are best suited for oily coughs.
What to do against a sore throat?
Infusions of chamomile, sage, and thyme relieve inflammation – as does warm milk with honey. Herbal and honey candies also help relieve sore throats. They stimulate the activity of the salivary glands so that the throat does not dry out.
Remedies on the go!
With the return of cold days begins the era of colds and flu. In case you should absolutely know these natural remedies.