With the cold and flu season upon us, it is important to take precautions to prevent getting sick. However, when we do get sick, it is too easy to buy over the counter (OTC) cold and flu medicines. The problem is that OTC medication is costly, and it’s a foreign substance that our bodies don’t recognize as natural. Furthermore, our bodies have to work hard to eliminate it. Therefore, it is beneficial to learn about all-natural treatments for the common cold which can be just as effective as OTC, unnatural treatments.
7 All-Natural Treatments For The Common Cold Plus At-Home Recipes!
1. Blow Your Nose Right Away ~
It’s important to blow your nose as soon as you feel a build up. Regularly blowing your nose helps to keep germs from entering your body. However, when you get a cold, it is even more important to blow your nose because you don’t want to sniff in and swallow mucus.
Don’t blow too hard though. That can cause an earache. The best way to blow is to close one nostril with your finger and gently blow to clear the other, then vice versa.
2. Rest ~
When you feel the common cold or the flu coming on, make sure to get some rest. Resting or sleeping allows the body to use its energy to fight the virus. It’s a true immune battle which taxes the body, so support your body and get some rest.
3. Homemade Gargle Remedies ~
Gargling will help to relieve and soothe a sore throat. Try these homemade remedies for the common cold or flu relief:
- 1 tsp of salt dissolved in warm water 4 times per day
Astringent gargle for tickles:
- Gargle with a tea that contains tannin 4 times per day
A thick, soothing gargle:
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 tbsp raspberry leaves steeped for 1 minute
- Add freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange juice
- 1 tsp honey
- Mix and let cool
- Gargle with warm blend 4 times per day
An even thicker gargle for severe sore throats:
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Blend well
- Gargle with the blend 4 times per day
4. Drink Hot Tea and Other Liquids ~
Try hot chamomile tea or other herbal teas to help relieve your sore throat.
Hot drinks soothe the inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. Furthermore, they help to relieve nasal congestion and prevent dehydration.
5. Use Essential Oil Blends to Relieve Your Symptoms ~
To clear up a stuffy nose, try this blend in your room diffuser:
- 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
A soothing bath blend:
- 5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Drop these oils into your hot bath water as they will relieve aches and pains, plus help you to breath better.
6. Take a Hot Shower or Use Steam Inhalation ~
Hot, steamy showers help to relax you, ease muscle aches, pains and tension, plus help to moisturize your nasal passage. If you are dizzy and can’t take a shower, try steam inhalation.
Try an anti-microbial steam inhalation with essential oils:
Add 2 drops of each essential oil:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Sage Essential Oil
- Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Thyme Essential Oil
Add 2 of drops of each of these essential oils into a bowl of steaming water. Wrap a towel around your head, lower your face over the bowl, and close your eyes. Inhale deeply until the steam subsides to allow the vapors from the oil to cleanse your airways. Repeat when necessary.
7. Use Hot and Cold Packs ~
Either temperature can make your feel better.
Homemade hot or cold pack:
- Heat a damp cloth in the microwave for 55 seconds (be careful, it might be hot!)
- Use a bag of frozen vegetables to use as a cold pack
In conclusion, we hope that you don’t come down with the common cold or flu this winter season! However, if you do come down with an illness, avoid unnatural OTC medicines and use these great homemade remedies and essential oil blends instead to get back on your feet!
Furthermore, we would love to hear from you! Leave your comment below and if you found this information useful, share this article with your friends so that they too can benefit from these great homemade remedies for the common cold and get through the flu season!
Robin and the Zen Team
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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