It’s a fact of life that every year, cold and flu season comes around. It can make life truly miserable for anything from a few days, to a couple of weeks. And unfortunately, even if you are immunized, it is still possible to get a strain of flu not covered under the flu vaccination.
The flu is easy to distinguish from a cold because it often brings on high fever, body aches, extreme fatigue and headache. These are usually combined with the typical respiratory symptoms of a cold – sniffles, sneezes, sore throat and coughing
There are plenty of cold and flu remedies available for purchase over the counter plus prescription medications you can take. All of these will help attack cold and flu, but usually only once it has taken hold. They focus primarily on treating the symptoms, not actually helping the body fight back and recover.
Fortunately, centuries of trial and error have identified a range of natural home remedies for flu that are known to prevent and/or fight cold and flu symptoms.
The beauty of natural remedies as opposed to medicines and antibiotics is that they enhance the body’s natural ability to fight the infection. As a result, you are also building up your immune resistance to future infections.
So let’s take a look at 9 natural home remedies that will help you fight cold and flu.
Thyme is a great expectorant for chest congestion and either thyme oil or herbal thyme can be used to help. There are 3 methods that help with breathing in the thyme essence and loosening congestion.
Steep two tablespoons of fresh or (1 tablespoon dried) thyme in a cup of hot water for five minutes. Strain, add honey if you wish, and drink to loosen congestion. If using dried thyme, make sure it is of good quality and not too old as dried herbs can lose their effectiveness over time. You can also add ginger (see below), lemon and half a stick of cinnamon to brew a tea that will fight even the most evil cold.
Use either the essential oil (just a couple of drops) or fresh thyme in the bath. Breathe the steam from the bath to relieve congestion while the oil is absorbed into the skin to help strengthen the body.
Make a steam inhalation by pouring hot water into a large bowl, leaning over the bowl and draping a towel over your head to create a steam tent. Add a few drops of thyme oil to the hot water and breathe deeply. Keep your eyes closed as you breathe because the oil combined with steam can irritate your eyes.