There are plenty of alternatives to pill popping when you feel the flu setting in. With the right preventative measures you can usually avoid getting sick altogether. Obviously sometimes, even if you do everything right, you get sick anyway and without any warning start feeling like the people you see awake all night in the cold and flu medication ads on television. It is not a good idea to take a bunch of over the counter medication in the hopes of simply sleeping through your cold or flu. Sleeping through the flu certainly sounds better than being awake through the whole thing. There are plenty of remedies that are nature-based that will help you feel better and, possibly, cure your illness altogether. Read on to learn about some natural health ways of fighting the flu.
Did you know that onions are health boosters? One of the best ways to help your cold is by taking cold syrup made from honey and onions. The mixture consists of onion slices covered (steeped) in honey for a long period of time (usually overnight). It is important that this syrup has time to settle so, after combining the ingredients, it needs to sit, untouched, at least overnight. If you eat some of the mixture every few hours for two or three days the cold should start to fade. It is easy to add onions to your food, something that would go a long way to helping you stay healthy. Look for a recipe for salve. Head and chest congestion are no match for a well made and effective salve. The herbs, spices, and other plants that are used in natural salves can help you fight off your cold or flu, break up your congestion and can even bring down a fever. Though it isn’t, technically a natural health solution, vaporub is a great salve to have on hand. Healing and getting over the cold or flu can be as simple as rubbing some salve onto your chest overnight.
Ginseng is a very important natural health ingredient. Getting your hands on ginseng is not difficult-a lot of the teas you already drink are probably infused with this element and you can also find it in the herbal section of your grocery store.
You should not wait until you are sick to fill your home with ginseng; filling your home ahead of time means that you will be prepared and might even be able to fight off the infection entirely. If you don’t feel well, brew some ginseng tea. The tea will be beneficial for your physical symptoms (sore throat, clogged sinuses, etc) and the ginseng will boost your immune system so it can perform well. Herbal remedies and natural help can be wonderful ways to combat the common cold and flu. Why shove a bunch of chemical compounds down your throat when there are other and better ways to help yourself feel better? Don’t reach for the drugs out of habit-choose a healthier method instead. Don’t forget to give yourself permission to rest up otherwise nothing you do will help you get better.