Welcome back to part two of our short blog series. Last time, we looked at some of the best natural remedies for the flu that may complement your OTC and prescription flu medications for added relief. The natural remedies we discussed last time included:
- Drink lots of water and fluid
- Get plenty of sleep
- Use steam and a humidifier to ease congestion
- Drink herbal teas
- Sip chicken soup or soup broth
Honey, Ginger, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Cayenne
This is one of the best home remedies for relieving cold and flu symptoms. Combining these ingredients creates a lovely (and unusually tasty) concoction for fighting congestion and persistent dry coughing. Simply mix the following:
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon of cayenne
- ½ teaspoon of ground or fresh minced ginger
Take one teaspoon as often as you need and store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge.
Essential Oil-Infused Baths
There’s nothing like soaking in a warm or hot bath when you’re feeling under the weather. But what makes bath time even better is soaking in water infused with peppermint oil and/or eucalyptus oil. Both of these oils have healing properties that can relieve aches and pains from influenza by soothing sore, stiff muscles and joints. What’s more, these oils stimulate respiratory function and can open airways, making it easier to breathe through your nose and mouth. Taking a bath infused with peppermint and eucalyptus also has calming properties that can help you sleep more soundly.
Try draping a warm washcloth over your face to relieve sinus pressure, nasal congestion, and headaches. You might also try placing an electric heating pad or moist hot pack on your chest to reduce chest congestion. The heat and moisture can soothe your chest and lungs while also loosening up phlegm.
Homemade Vapor Rub
Get natural relief for chest congestion by making a chest and face salve using essential oils and either coconut oil or beeswax. As we mentioned, peppermint and eucalyptus can relieve respiratory issues caused by the flu. Lavender, rosemary, cinnamon, and clove essential oils will also work well. All you need to do is carefully melt the coconut oil or beeswax and add 20-30 drops of essential oil for every half cup of base oil. Mix well and store in an airtight jar or container for continuous use throughout the duration of your illness.
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