There’s no shortage of reasons why you or a family member might be more likely than others to come down with the flu. Children and infants, for example, have immune systems that are not fully developed, making them more vulnerable to flu viruses and flu complications. Changes to the immune system during pregnancy can leave women more susceptible to the flu. Certain health problems can also put you at higher risk. Also people who are often stressed affected by it are more likely to get ill, as any kind of depression hurts immune system badly.
However, there are some natural remedies that can improve the recovery and reduce the symptoms of flu.
When a person already has flu, the body suffers in many ways. It has to battle the virus and kill it or expel it, and it has to work harder than usual. In that process, a lot of toxins are released. Those toxins need to be flushed out of the system, and drinking plenty of water is the best way to make it happen. Eight small glasses a day are recommended, and those who drink less massively decrease their chances of quick recovery.
Hot water with lemon, cinnamon and honey
A mixture of honey and cinnamon for colds or the flu has been used for generations! The mixture is often called a cure for colds. It has been shown to reduce the length of a cold by at least 2 days and it also reduces the severity of symptoms.
Why a mixture of honey and cinnamon for colds or the flu works
Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties. Many studies have shown that it is effective at fighting external and internal infections.
Cinnamon is also beneficial as it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Honey and cinnamon are powerful immune boosters! You can use this remedy to not only reduce the severity of your cold, but also prevent future colds or other viruses.
1. Bring water to a light boil, remove from heat and pour into a glass.
2. Add honey, cinnamon, lemon, and stir.
3. Drink the tea 2 times a day, for 3 days.
Honey lemon ginger tea
Home remedies like ginger will help you not only deal the flu symptoms but also strengthens your immune system to fight off the virus naturally.
Why ginger is effective in treating flu?
- Ginger contains antibacterial and antiviral properties which deal with the flu virus.
- The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties heal the pain, irritation and discomfort caused by flu.
- The gingerol and shagol compounds present in ginger stimulate the perspiration and reduce body temperature.
- Its expectorant properties loosen the mucus from lungs and sinus. It soothes the lung tissues.
- It produces sweat in the body which flushes out the toxins and prevents infections.
- The oleoresins prevent the formation of excess mucus formation.
- During flu, digestion often gets weakened. Consumption of ginger stimulates the appetite and digestion.
- 4 cups water
- a 1 inch (2.5cm) chunk of ginger (or more if you like a strong ginger taste)
- 2 organic lemons
- honey to taste
- rum (optional, for a bedtime toddy)
Slice the ginger as finely as you can and place it in a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat off. Cover the pot and let steep for 10 minutes.
Pour 1 cup of the hot ginger infusion into a big mug. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Stir in enough honey to make a sweet drink. You will need several teaspoons of honey per cupful. This is not a time to worry about cutting down on sweets – the honey has healing properties that are more important.
Reheat the pot gently whenever you wish to make another cup of Ginger Lemon Tea and add the fresh lemon juice after the ginger infusion is poured into the mug (so you don’t destroy the vitamin C in the lemon juice by heating it too much).
If making this drink before bed, omit the ginger and add a few tablespoons of rum to hot water, making a hot honey, lemon and rum drink to help you sleep.
Garlic and onions
This powerful vegetables can help you overcome flu and improve your immune system.
How onions help with the flu?
The idea that onions may ward off disease through their potent therapeutic properties extends back thousands of years. Ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine revered onions for their congestion-relieving properties. The Ancient Greeks rubbed onions on sore muscles and the Native Americans used them to ward off the common cold and flu. In fact, the World Health Organization has even recognized the onion for its ability to help relieve flu symptoms including coughs, congestion, respiratory infections and bronchitis.
Some traditions have even recommended placing sliced onions beside the bed at night, or even just around the house, to help prevent yours from getting the flu. The theory was that the raw onion would absorb germs in the air, preventing them from entering the body. Even though, it must be noted, that one of the most common ways to get the flu is by contact with contaminated surfaces or people. So remember to wash your hands, especially before eating or scratching your eyes.
Onion Soup Recipe:
This season, if you feel a cold or flu coming on, make yourself a big pot of soup using this simple recipe.
- 3 large organic yellow onions
- 3 organic cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup of fresh, finely-chopped organic oregano
- 4 cups of purified or distilled water
- Add Himalayan salt, to your taste.
Chop the onions and garlic into cubes. Bring water to a boil and add onions, garlic, and oregano. Let simmer for 15 minutes, or until you notice that the onions are translucent and soft. Drink the hot soup and allow the body temperature to rise enough to induce mild sweating.
Why garlic is effective in treating flu?
Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. For colds and flus, it also provides decongestant and expectorant effects. While none of garlic’s components have been isolated by science as the sole explanation for garlic’s flu-busting effects, vitamin C, a slew of enzymes, and minerals such as sulphur and selenium, definitely play a role.
Incorporate raw garlic into food.
There are many forms of garlic available, such as garlic seasoning, garlic powder, and garlic salt. However, it is best taken in its natural form to release alliin that helps fight infections. Add two to four grams of fresh, minced garlic cloves to spice up your meals.
- Sprinkle chopped garlic over spaghetti, mince some over baked chicken, or top roasted asparagus with it.
- Each clove is approximately one gram.
- You can also cook garlic in olive oil, but to gain the most benefits of alliin, it is better to eat it raw. If you do want to use cooked garlic, lightly brown it over low heat so as not to destroy its active compounds.
Eat it raw.
If you don’t mind the bitterness, you can also eat the garlic cloves raw. To make it more edible, crush the garlic into a spoonful of honey or olive oil. When taken on a daily basis, this helps strengthen your immune system to reduce the likelihood of you catching and speeds up recovery.
- Too much garlic may cause bad breath and low blood pressure, so limit your intake to two to four cloves of garlic a day.