Home remedies that can prevent colds and flu
There is a difference between cold and flu. Cold generally resolves quickly and symptoms can last for up to two weeks. However, unlike flu, symptoms are generally mild and in most cases do not lead to any serious health complications. High fever or severe symptoms give you a reason to see a doctor. Most people recover on their own within two weeks. Over-the-counter products and home remedies can help control symptoms.
Here are some home remedies for treating colds and flu at home:
- Chicken soup -- Chicken soup may not be a cure-all, but it’s a great choice when you are sick. Studies have found that chicken soup is effective for reducing the symptoms of upper respiratory infections.
- Ginger -- The health benefits of ginger root have been touted for centuries. A few slices of raw ginger root in boiling water may help soothe a cough or a sore throat.
- Honey -- Honey has a variety of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Drinking honey in tea with lemon can help ease sore throat pain. Honey is also an effective cough suppressant.
- Garlic -- Garlic contains the compound allicin, which may have anti-microbial properties. Adding a garlic supplement to your diet might reduce the severity of cold symptoms.
- Salt water -- Gargling with salt water may help prevent upper respiratory infections. It may also decrease the severity of cold symptoms. To try this, dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of water. Swish it around your mouth and throat. Then spit it out.
- Humidity -- Influenza thrives and spreads more easily in dry environments. Creating more humidity in your home may help reduce your exposure to this flu causing virus.
- Echinacea -- Echinacea have active ingredients like flavonoids. Taking echinacea may lower your risk of developing the common cold by more than 50 per cent. It may also reduce the length of a cold.
- Probiotics -- Probiotics are friendly bacteria and yeast that are found in your body, some foods and supplements. They may help keep your gut and immune system health. For example the Cochrane database of systematic reviews suggests that taking probiotics may help reduce your chance of getting sick with an upper respiratory infection.