Home remedies for the flu

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The flu is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle and headaches, coughing’ nausea, vomiting and a general feeling of fatigue. When you come down with flu, before rushing to a pharmacologist and stocking up on meds, it would be easier to consider these tested and proven home flu remedies. A time honored remedy passed down from generations and has so far proven true must be the first thing you try out when you find yourself with the flu. Chicken soup helps in preventing inflammations caused by white blood cells and also helps in the reduction of mucus production.

The heat from the soup assists in thinning the mucus. You may also want to flavor your soup with garlic and some red chili peppers so as to give your aid in bolstering your immunity and increase the broths decongestant power. Ensure you drink lots of water. The flu can leave you dehydrated, especially if you are vomiting or have diarrhea.

Fruit juice, soda and other electrolyte beverages are fine; herbal tea with honey can soothe a sore throat. Drink up as much as you can so as to keep your mucous membrane moist. Gargling can bring temporary relief by bringing about a moistened sore throat. Try putting a teaspoon of salt in warm water and stirring till the salt dissolves, at least four times a day. To reduce the tickle in your throat, try a less harsh such as tea, which helps in tightening the membranes. Or, use a thick gargle made with honey, cayenne pepper and sage. You can also add a pinch of salt and some cider vinegar to help loosen the phlegm.

Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling. Go to bed with cold feet. This method can aid in alleviating your fever by encouraging blood flow which in turn increases blood circulation. First you warm your feet by placing them in direct contact with hot water. Soak a pair of thin socks in cold water, rinse them out and put them on before going to bed. Also, put on a pair of dry socks over the wet ones. You cannot entirely treat the flu you must employ the use of home flu remedies that help in tackling the various symptoms that the flu presents. Remedies that also include, the use of humidifiers, nasal irrigation, hot-boxing in a steam bowl, use of warm compressors on the forehead and nose to relieve headache and sinus pain and plenty of rest.