With monsoon still persisting and do the fluctuations in the weather, people are suffering from a variety of illnesses. The most common among these, is the common cold and Flu. Although not much higher in severity, cold and Flu is one of the most troublesome illnesses with those non-stop sneezes and blocked nose and cracked voice. And with the recurrence of flu time and again, antibiotics is of little or no help unless it is an infection, which is hardly the case.
So before you visit the doctor, try the following homemade remedies for relief from flu-like symptoms.
Raw honey is fantastic for colds as it soothes coughs, is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, and helps with digestion.
The Throat Soother
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
Instructions: mix with the powerhouse coconut oil, ground cinnamon (to also help soothe the throat), and raw honey together until paste forms. Eat the goodness throughout the day and soothe the throat!
Lemons are great for detoxing the body. They are packed with vitamin C, is great for digestion, and for fighting off colds and the flu.
Squeeze some juice and add some lemon slices to water, or make homemade lemonade sweetened with honey.
Homemade Single-Serving Lemonade
2-3 tablespoons raw honey (or more to taste)
2 organic lemon juice, freshly squeezed
water to dilute
Instructions: Whisk lemon juice and honey together until well incorporated. Dilute with water to taste and lemon. Sip up.!
Ginger helps with digestive issues and tummy troubles, making it great for the queasy stomach. It is also sometimes used for pain management, so it’s great for easy headache relief. You can make this into a tea as well.
Fresh Ginger Root Tea
1 small hunk organic ginger root, peeled and finely grated
Instructions: take the fresh ginger root, peel a hunk, and then finely grate into a tea brewer. Pour hot water over the grated ginger and let steep for 5 to 8 minutes. Boom! Instant-Ginger Tea! (combine with peppermint for an extra-pick-me-up).
Garlic’s antibacterial and antiviral properties can be very helpful in getting rid of cold symptoms. Garlic is good for the immune system and helps open up respiratory passages, and also helps flush toxins out of your body.
- Mix together one crushed garlic clove, two teaspoons lemon juice, one teaspoon honey, and half a teaspoon cayenne pepper or red chili powder. Consume it daily until the symptoms subside.
- Boil four to five chopped garlic cloves in a cup of water and add one teaspoon of honey. Drink it two to three times a day.
Red onions also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals, including folate, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamins C, K, and B-6. Consuming foods with a variety of nutrients helps keep the body healthy on a day-to-day basis and may help prevent chronic disease.
Red Onion Syrup
Red onions and honey or brown sugar.
Instructions: Slice two to three red onions horizontally. Put one slice of onion in a bowl and add raw honey. Repeat the process until the bowl is full. Cover the bowl and leave it for 12 to 15 hours. When you open the bowl, there will be thick liquid like syrup. Drink a spoonful of the syrup several times a day to get relief from sore throats and other symptoms of a cold.