11 at-home remedies for the cold and flu

Don’t let your cold or flu get the best of you! We have compiled a list of at-home remedies and treatments to help you reduce painful symptoms such as body aches, headaches, blocked sinuses etc.

While there isn't a cure for the common cold, the below remedies may help prevent you from getting sick and or shorten the duration of the cold or flu.


Fill up on fluids!

Staying hydrated is especially important when you are suffering from a cold or the flu. Warm drinks such as herbal teas, soup, hot water or even fruit juice, ginger ale etc. can help break your congestion, keep your throat moist and reduce your sinuses.


Soothe the sore throat

A sore throat can be both uncomfortable and painful if not treated immediately. Soothe your throat by gargling saltwater. Add about ½ tsp of salt into a glass of warm water to relieve the pain of an itchy throat.


Keep it steamy!

A blocked nose can make it hard to breathe making you feel even more tired and sicker than you are. To loosen up a stuffy nose, do some light steam inhalation. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and slowly breathe through your nose.


Hey, honey!

With an abundance of antibacterial properties, honey is a superstar liquid that can help ease the symptoms of the flu and cold. Add some honey to your warm tea or just have a spoonful when you are feeling sick to reduce the severity of flu symptoms.


Keep it hot!

Soothe your sinuses by putting a hot pack or heated washcloth on your head. If you are using a heated washcloth, ensure that you test the temperature before use.


Blow, blow, blow your nose!

This is one of the simplest methods to relieve your blocked nose. Make sure to blow gently, as blowing too hard can send germ-carrying phlegm back into your ears. Press a finger over one nostril and slowly blow into a tissue.


Rest up!

Getting adequate rest is of utmost importance if you are feeling sick. Getting in some good sleep gives your body the energy it needs to fight off germs, bacteria and infections.


Take your vitamins

Vitamin C has all the essential nutrients to help give your immune system the boost it needs, especially when feeling under the weather. Try to eat a wholesome diet that includes limes, leafy greens, oranges and lemons that are a great source of Vitamin C.


Extra pillow, please!

If you are suffering from a congested nose, try adding an extra pillow under your head to help you breathe better.


All about Oregano

With an array of antibacterial properties such as Thymol and Carvacrol,  rubbing Oregano oil on your chest can aid in relieving flu symptoms such as coughs and headaches.


Keep it wholesome

Try to make small changes to your diet to include wholesome foods that help fight against cold and flu symptoms. Bananas, Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Green Tea, Cranberries etc. are all nutritious types of food that can help you feel that much better when you are sick.


Please note that due to the ongoingCovid-19 pandemic, which has very similar symptoms to the cold/flu,  if you suspect that you might have been exposed to a person with the virus, we strongly suggest that you seek professional medical advice, self isolate and or get a PCR test done.

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