8 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the ‘Natural’ Way
1.Blow Your Nose Often — and the Right Way
It is very important to blow your nose as regularly when you have a common cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can cause earache. The best way to blow your nose: Press your finger over one nostril while you can blow gently to clear the other. Wash your two hands neatly after blowing your nose.
2. Stay Rested:
Resting is more important when you first come down with a common cold or the flu and helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle has taxes the body. So it give it a little help by lying down under the blanket.
Gargling can also moisten a serious sore throat and can bring temporary relief. Try to take a teaspoon of salt which is dissolved in warm water, four times as daily. To reduce the tickle in your throat, try to take an astringent gargle — such as tea that contains the tannin — to tighten the membranes. Or, steep one tablespoon of lemon juice in two cups of hot water and then mix in one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture be cool to room temperature before gargling. Honey also should never be given to children under age 1.
4. Drink Hot Liquids:
Warm liquids that help relieving nasal congestion, help to prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and also throat.
5.Take a Steamy Shower:
Steamy that showers can moisturize your nasal passages and can relax you. If you are dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath immediately.
6.Apply some cold or hot Packs Around Your Congested Sinuses:
Temperature may help you to feel more comfortable. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore. Or make your own. Take a damp of washcloth and heat it for atleast 20 seconds at a time in a microwave (test the temperature first to make sure it’s not too hot).