I don’t get a cold or the flu often, but when I do, it’s bad. I shuffle to the pharmacy, half a box of tissues stuffed in my handbag and hoarsely ask what they recommend to help me feel better. Usually it’s a combination of flu medication and immune boosters, which I take before sleeping on-and-off for a day or two.
Although I’m pro-pharmaceuticals, because some of them have helped me beat some tough colds, I prefer homeopathic and natural remedies. I did some research on the internet and found four easy natural remedies to help you beat a cold fast (so you don’t spend three days feeling awful like me).
- Drink lots of hot liquids
Hot liquids help prevent dehydration, relieve nasal congestion and help sooth sore throats.
Some of the best drinks are a cup of camomile tea, which calms the nerves, helps you sleep better and reduces inflammation and fever and a hot toddy, which consists of a cup of hot herbal tea, a teaspoon of honey and a small shot of whiskey or bourbon.
- Add some garlic
Garlic is an amazing antibiotic, anti-fungal and antibacterial food. Add it to your soup or other food or finely mince a clove or two and add it to a small glass of water. Drink it quickly.
- Get spicy with Cinnamon
Cinnamon does not only stabilize blood sugar, it’s also an effective antiviral and antibiotic. Mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of honey and add some hot water to make a spicy tea. This helps with coughing, congestion and fever.
- Increase your Vitamin C intake
Many people start eating oranges or drinking orange juice when they start to sniffle, but kiwi fruit, apples, lemon and papayas also contain this immune-boosting vitamin. It pays to regularly eat fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins as this helps make your immune system strong and prevents you from getting sick easily.
- Go green (tea)
Green tea doesn’t just help with weight loss, it’s packed with antioxidants and antiviral properties. Drink one to three cups to help prevent the flu. If you don’t like the plain green tea, try the flavoured ones now available at most grocery shops. Just ensure no sugar is added.
You can also make a healthy ice tea by brewing six cups of strong green tea, pouring into a 2 litre bottle and filling the bottle to the top with 100 per cent fruit juice of your choice.