The flu is a disease with no known cure – except time. You can remedy some of the worst effects of the flu with entirely natural cures, er remedies. We do know of some helpful natural remedies for the symptoms of the flu. Nonetheless, the best approach to the flu still remains trying to prevent it, once you’ve got it, however, these suggestions may help:
We mentioned time at the outset and you might want us to provide a little more detail on that. What happens over time when you have the flu is that your natural immune system marshals its forces to battle the disease. Prominent among its weapons is fever. Having a fever can help to kill off flu viruses. Of course, sometimes this remedy becomes worse than the initial disease symptoms. A moderate fever can speed the recovery.
Coughing when you have the flu is also helpful, at least to you. It may give your flu to someone else. Coughing clears your respiratory passages of mucus that might actually carrying germs into your lungs. So along with the antibodies that your body produces to fight the flu, the symptoms of the flu can sometimes help you get rid of it more quickly.
Benign neglect is one those phrases that we can translate into more understandable advice such as: leave it well enough alone. It often applies to nasal congestion. Over the counter decongestants tend to restrict the flow of blood to your nose and throat. This can be very counterproductive as blood can help in the healing process by warming the infected area and carry any germs out of your body. Sometimes the best treatment for nasal congestion is benign neglect.
If you would like to try to do something to treat your nasal congestion, drink extra water. Keeping hydrated is important for anyone with a cold or flu. And it’s very inexpensive. That extra hydration can make your mucus less viscous and easier to get rid of. The sinus cavities also drain better when you are hydrated better.
Saltwater can help somewhere else as well. Merely dissolving a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargling as much as four times a day can help to relieve a sore throat — at least temporarily.
A hot drink, as we’ve already mentioned, can relieve nasal congestion and have a soothing effect on the respiratory tract. If that hot beverage you are drinking is tea there are additional helpful effects. Tea contains tannins, which can help to tighten the membranes of the throat.
If you’d rather gargle with something a little cooler you can initially steep some raspberry leaves and lemon juice in hot water mix in some honey and let the concoction cool to room temperature.
What about and commercial products that claim to be more or less natural?
The market for herbal products has increased dramatically in the last 10 years or so. Products that contain supplements such as echinacea and ginseng make some fairly extravagant claims. Best to talk to your doctor about what these products can do for you. Also remember that herbal products can interfere with other medications you may be taking for other reasons.