Natural remedies for colds and flu
It’s no wonder these types of treatments are popular; We still don’t have a cure for the common cold or flu. While the flu vaccine may prevent it and some prescription medications may shorten the symptoms, most common medications only relieve symptoms.
Many traditional medicine remedies can give you short-term relief, and some may help you get better. See which ones promise the most:
This herbal supplement may boost your immune system and help fight infection. But it is not clear whether this plant will help you from a cold prevent or not Most evidence suggests that echinacea does not help prevent colds, but some research suggests that symptoms last a day or two. Other studies say it has no effect. To try it, start taking it when you feel sick and continue taking it for 7-10 days.
Some studies show that zinc helps fight viruses such as the common cold. They say the minerals stop the formation of certain proteins before viruses can use them to reproduce. Zinc doesn’t appear to be good at preventing colds, but it may reduce the duration and severity of colds within 24 hours of the first symptoms starting. You should continue taking zinc for 5 days. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says zinc nasal sprays should not be used for colds, some say they permanently lose the sense of smell.
3- Vitamin C
Its cold fighting powers are unknown. Some research shows that this vitamin can reduce cold symptoms for a day, but an analysis of several studies showed that only in people who took at least 200 mg of vitamin C daily due to severe physical stress. The probability of catching a cold was less. Taking vitamin C after the onset of symptoms has not been shown to be helpful.
4- Chicken soup
Grandma was right. Chicken soup may help cold symptoms in more ways than one. Inhaling its steam can relieve a stuffy nose. Eating a few spoonfuls of it can replace the fluids you lose, and the warm, salty soup can ease a sore throat.
5- Hot tea
This one also provides you with the same benefits as chicken soup. Inhaling the vapor relieves congestion, while swallowing the liquid soothes the throat and hydrates you. At black tea And greens are loaded with an added bonus of disease-fighting antioxidants, which may stave off the common cold.
6- Herbal tea
This drink for adults is a healthy treat. Since you definitely don’t want to drink black tea and caffeine before bed, prepare a cup of warm herbal tea. Add a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of your favorite herbal tea and a slice of lemon
do. This mixture may relieve congestion, soothe your throat, reduce your cough, and help you sleep. (You can use chamomile, ginger, sour tea or other herbs)
It has long been known as a warrior against germs. And one study suggests that taking daily garlic supplements may help prevent colds. But more research needs to be done to determine its true effects. garlic It has nutrients and if used in food, it can also spice up and enhance your meals, especially when it takes a nose and full of flavor from you.
Breathing in steam, when your nose is stuffy or dripping Yes, it can relieve congestion and open it. You can get a heavy dose from a home humidifier, fill a bowl with warm water, hold your head over it with a towel over your head and breathe, or simply sit in the bath. Close the lid and let the hot shower run.
9- Moistening with saline
Squirting or spraying water into your nose can help relieve congestion and help you get rid of it. This will make you take less. You can buy over the counter saline wash serum or make it yourself. If you make it yourself, use unpolluted or boiled water. The water can be distilled, sterilized, previously boiled and then cooled, or filtered using a filter with an absolute diameter of 1 micron or less. Mix 8 ounces of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. You can use a syringe to move the liquid into one nostril while keeping the other nostril closed. Repeat 2-3 times and then do the other side. When finished, and after each use, rinse the syringe and allow it to air dry well.
10- Menthol ointment or Vicks ointment
Washing and wiping and blowing your nose can irritate the skin around your nose. A simple remedy is to apply a menthol ointment under (but not inside) your nose, or on your chest or throat. Menthol vapors eliminate cough and open blocked areas. But do not use on raw skin and do not use on children under 2 years of age.
11- Salt water gargle
This may help your sore throat by reducing throat swelling and washing away irritants and germs. Mix warm water with a teaspoon of salt and gargle four times a day to keep your itchy throat moist.
12- nose strip
You put these strips on the bridge of your nose to open the stuck parts of the nose. Although they cannot eliminate congestion, they create more space for air flow. This can help reduce nighttime congestion.
13- Let your fever do its job
This is the main natural instruction. By heating your body too much, raising the temperature does not allow germs to survive, thus fighting colds and flu. But if it’s bothering you, you better do something about it. Drink plenty of fluids as well. If your body temperature rises above 40 degrees, call your doctor immediately. For a baby 3 months or younger, if the body temperature rises above 37, you should call the doctor. Children with a fever of less than 38 degrees Celsius usually do not need treatment, unless they feel uncomfortable.
14- Resting in bed
Who has ever slept under the covers for a day or two? If healthy, no one. But when you rest, your body can direct more energy to fight germs. Staying warm is also important, so cover yourself with a blanket and let your immune system rise.
Translated by: Sima Azadfalah