With cold and flu season at its peak, it seems that everyone is getting sick. But, the question is how do we remedy some of the most common sickness symptoms without putting nasty chemicals into our bodies? The answer is easy, and here are the best natural remedies around that would even do grandma proud!
Ear Ache/Upper Respiratory Problems
Upper respiratory problems are some of the most common ailments around. I don’t think there is a person alive who has not, at least once, suffered from an upper respiratory infection.
Hydrogen Peroxide is one of the best home remedies around for this problem, and administration is simple! You simply add a few drops of 3 Percent hydrogen peroxide into each ear. 3 Percent is very important, and can be purchased at most drug stores for a couple of dollars or less. You will hear bubbling, which is normal, and if the infection is bad enough you might feel a slight stinging sensation. Wait until the bubbling subsides, drain onto a tissue, and repeat with the opposite ear.
Honey is a classic remedy for infection, but it is very important that raw honey is used. Which cannot always be called the easiest of tasks, the majority of honey for sale in the United States Is highly processed or refined. And, like most processed and refined foods, it can promote disease and damage your health rather than help.
Raw Honey Wellness Tea
2 Tbsp Raw organic honey
1 Thumb fresh ginger
Dash of Cinnamon
Half a lemon, Squeezed
WARM water, (important that it is warm and not hot)
Simply add all the ingredients into a mug, and top with the warm water. Allow the mixture to steep for 5 minutes and drink it down. Repeat 2-3 times daily until the infection subsides.
Nausea is my least favorite flu symptom, I can go on with a great deal of symptoms, but nausea always gets me. My favorite natural remedy for this? Easy, Ginger!
Ginger has a long history of being used to treat nausea, as well as stomachaches and diarrhea. The chines have used ginger to treat digestive issues for more than 2,000 years. It is believed that gingerol, directly affects the digestive and central nervous systems.
There are many ways to get ginger into your system; cooking, drinking, or eating candies. You could even put a sliver in your mouth, and let it sit like a mint. I personally prefer it in tea form, but you can do whatever your heart desires.
Peppermint is also another wonderful remedy for nausea. This is due to its calming and numbing effect; it relaxes the stomach muscles allowing the bile to break down fats meaning food can move through the stomach much faster.
Peppermint tea is one of the best ways to take this remedy, but if you do not like the taste you can also find it in capsule or essential oil form.
A persistent cough is never a fun situation, but it is one that is easily treated. There are numerous natural remedies for a cough, and here are some of the very best.
Raw honey; this may seem like déjà vu and for good reason! Raw honey has been found to work more effectively than most over the counter drugs. It is a rich demulcent, the high viscosity and stickiness does an incredible job of coating and soothing irritated mucous membranes.
Simply take a tablespoon 1-3 times daily as needed to control coughing. For children adjust to 1 teaspoon depending on the age of the child.
Licorice Root is both an expectorant and a demulcent, meaning it will simultaneously soothe the airways while loosening and thinning mucus, easing congestion. Keep in mind if you are on any steroids, or have kidney problems licorice root is not for you.
Simply take 2 tablespoons of dried licorice root, and add to 8 ounces of fresh water. Bring to a light boil, and place the mixture into a mug. Allow it to steep for 10-15 minutes, and for a little extra kick add some raw honey into the mixture.
A fever can be a horrible, and sometimes scary situation. While most people will reach for the ibuprofen, there are many natural things that you can do to help!
Basil is an effective herb for bringing a fever down; It is just as effective as many antibiotics on the market. Boil together 20 leaves mixed with crushed ginger with 8 ounces of fresh water. Allow the mixture to boil until the liquid content reduces by half, add honey to taste and drink 2-3 times daily for three days.
Peppermint is one of my personal favorites for reducing a fever. The cooling property of the mint will help keep the internal system cool, reducing the overall body temperature. It also helps to extract excess heat from the body.
Both of these used along with drinking plenty of fresh cold water work much more effectively than any over the counter help. Also, try soaking a washcloth In cold water, and applying it to the forehead for comfort.