The flu season has been deadly here in California, and will likely peak sometime in February. In our recent posts, we looked at ways to avoid getting and spreading the flu, as well as the top OTC flu medications that our TIB pharmacists recommend. In today’s post, we will look at some of the best natural flu remedies to add to your flu medication regimen, which may help you feel better, quicker. Please read below to learn more about these self-care remedies.
Common Flu Symptoms
Some of the most common flu symptoms include:
- Fever and chills
- Nasal and chest congestion
- Dry, hacking cough or a cough with mucus
- Body ache and muscle soreness
- Stiff, achy joints
- Sore throat
Drink Lots of Fluids
The best thing you can do for yourself when you have the flu is to drink lots of fluids, especially water. Staying hydrated and getting plenty of electrolytes is one of the best ways to support your immune system, while keeping your cells replenished. Water helps your body heal naturally and can help offset and possible side-effects from taking flu medications.
Getting plenty of rest and sleep is the best way to let your body heal naturally. Give yourself a break. Don’t stay up late and don’t workout if you’re not feeling up to it. The worst thing you can do is to push your body when all it needs (and wants) is rest.
Use Steam and a Humidifier
Chest and nasal congestion is one of the most common flu symptoms. Therefore, taking steams in the bath or shower, or facial steams over the sink can really help loosen up built up phlegm in your lungs and respiratory passageways. Loosening up any mucus will speed up the healing process as you continuously cough out all that gunk. It’s not the most flattering nor most comfortable way to kick the flu, but it will definitely help! Running a humidifier at medium strength will increase the moisture in your home which will help loosen mucus, while also easing a sore, dry throat.
Drink Herbal Teas
Herbal teas like ginger tea, peppermint tea, mate, and matcha green tea will comfort your aching body while giving your immune system a boost. Additionally, drinking hot teas will soothe a sore throat, ease nasal and chest congestion, and keep you hydrated. Try specific cold and flu teas made by Yogi Tea and Traditional Medicinals tea brand for excellent flu relief. Add some honey to soothe your sore, dry throat.
Sip Chicken Soup
Chicken noodle soup is probably one of the oldest cold and flu remedies in the book. Sipping warm tea is comforting, soothing, and give loads of vitamins, minerals, and protein when you need it most. If you’re not feeling well enough to make chicken soup from scratch, store-bought will do the trick, and even sipping soup broth will help.
Reach Out to Your Newark Pharmacy
If you’re feeling ill with the flu and want to learn more ways to get relief, call TIB Pharmacy. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can consult you over the phone, or you can make an appointment to come in. If you’re looking for pharmacist and search “pharmacy near me,” don’t just go to any pharmacy. Instead, come see us for super quality care. Tune in next time for part two of our short blog series.