Everyone and their grandma have their own remedy for the cold and flu. We tried out some of them when the sniffles chased us down. If you want to go the natural way, here are 6 natural remedies you can try at home. Feel better and stay healthy, Chismosas!
There’s no way around it. We live in a fast-paced world where it’s easy to forget to slow down. When we get sick, our bodies need rest. Put away the electronics and ask your family to help around the house because you can’t take care of anyone if you can’t take care of yourself.
Lemon + Honey + Ginger
The combination of these three ingredients will fight that sore throat effectively. They have the right vitamins, antioxidants, and immune system support you need. We prefer drinking it in tea form and we adore Twinings Lemon and Ginger tea. Just add the honey.
You can also make your own. In hot water, combine lemon (juice, zest, or wedge), honey, and ginger (grated or a thin slice).
It’s not just a cliche! Chicken soup tastes so good when you’re sick because of the warm broth. It’s also loaded with the veggies and nutrients your body needs. We prefer homemade chicken soup because you can control the sodium (the salt) that goes in it.
Eucalyptus and Essential Oils
When breathing becomes difficult because of congestion, use essential oils, especially eucalyptus oil, to help you breathe better. You can also use tee tree oil, peppermint, lemon, or lavender. There are different ways to use these essential oils.
You can also use a heat-safe bowl. Put a few drops in a bowl and fill it with hot water. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl to breathe in the steam.
Crafty? Make your own shower vapor discs. Place a vapor disc on the floor of your shower, and as you take a steamy shower, the hot water releases the essential oils in the vapor discs.
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup water
eucalyptus oil (you can also use a mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree oils)
cupcake liners in a cupcake pan
Mix the baking soda and water into a sludge. Pack the mixture in the cupcake liners. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until solid. You can also let it sit and cure overnight instead of baking it. Add 10-15 drops of oil and allow to dry. Use in a steamy shower.Going to make my own vapor discs! #diy #girltalk Click To Tweet
Use an extra pillow to prop yourself up on an angle as you sleep. This helps drain nasal passages to allow you to breathe better while you sleep.
Gargle Salt Water
Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in warm water. Gargle this mixture 1-4 times a day to help relieve sore throat. Honestly, it’s not a fun mixture to gargle, but it works.
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