Being sick stinks, to put it mildly. No one likes to feel like they got hit by the germ bus. But, it’s bound to happen. While it may be okay to lie in bed all day and binge watch Netflix for a day or two, you need to get on the mend and back in the game.
If you’re like me you hate taking medicine for a cold or for the flu. I hate the residual groggy feeling many medicines tend to carry along with them. That’s why it’s always good to have some natural remedies on hand. You may be surprised how many simple things around the house can actually help make you feel better. Check out these natural ways to not feel horrible during colds and the flu.
- Warm Salt Water for a Stuffy Nose
Feeling stuffy and not being able to breathe properly is no fun. Rinsing with salt water can ease that nasal congestion. It’s easy. Just mix ¼ teaspoon of salt and a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Take a bulb syringe and squirt the mixture into your nose. Hold one nostril closed while you squirt into the other nostril. Let it drain and then repeat a couple of times before treating the other nostril.
- Gargling to Ease a Sore Throat
There comes a point when you can’t stomach any more throat lozenges. That’s when it’s time to gargle. That salt will come in handy here too. Mix it with some warm water and gargle away. You can also make a concoction of honey or honey and apple cider vinegar. This may be on the harsher side, but it should make you feel better.
- Sleep with an Extra Pillow Under Your Head
Sleeping with an extra pillow under your head will help relieve clogged nasal passages. If that feels weird, you could also try putting the pillows between the mattress and the box spring to create a more natural slope.
- 4. Use Hot or Cold Packs to Ease Sinus Congestion
Sinus congestion can cause annoying pain around all around your face. One way to ease the pain is to put hot or cold packs around your congested sinuses. Either will work. You can choose which one you prefer.
- Eat Some Soup
Your mom probably always told you to have some chicken soup when you were sick as a child.
Well, studies actually show that chicken soup can help relieve cold symptoms. Researchers found that hot fluids can help increase the movement of nasal fluids. They found chicken soup gets this done better than just regular warm water.
- 6. Cinnamon for Cough & Congestion
If you have some cinnamon in your spice cabinet it can help you get on the road to recovery. Mix 1 tablespoon with 1 tablespoon of honey. Stir it up and you have a concoction that will help relieve cough & congestion.
- Eat to Treat
There are certain foods you can eat to treat certain illnesses. For example, if the stomach flu has you down, try eating a banana to ease your nausea.
Blueberries are good to treat diarrhea and may help with aches and pains that go along with the flu. Rice is also good for diarrhea associated with the stomach flu. Chili peppers, mustard, and horseradish are all good to open the sinuses and get you breathing back to normal.
Besides these seven things you can do to naturally fight colds and the flu, there are also two other very simple and obvious things you shouldn’t forget. Water and rest are sometimes the most overlooked. You need to keep hydrated when you’re not 100%. This means drinking water. There is no substitute that’s equivalent. You also need to listen to your body and rest. If you don’t you’ll become even more run-down and will take longer to get better. The more you do this, the quicker you’ll be back on your feet.