11 Cold and Flu Home Remedies

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The cold and flu season is in full swing, and if you’re like me, you’re doing everything you can to avoid getting sick. But what do you do if you do get sick? There are a lot of home remedies for the cold and flu, but which ones actually work? 

In this blog post, we will discuss 11 of the most popular home remedies for the cold and flu. Keep in mind, however, that these remedies are not substitutes for medical treatment if you have severe flu.

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11 Cold and Flu Home Remedies

Here is a look at different home remedies you can try:

Chicken soup

It may just be an old wives’ tale, but many swear by chicken soup to help alleviate cold and flu symptoms. The hot liquid helps to loosen congestion, and the added vegetables provide vitamins and minerals.

Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to ease a sore throat and reduce congestion. It can be consumed as tea or added to foods for flavor.

Vitamin C

Many believe that taking vitamin C can prevent a cold, but it may also help to reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms. It can be taken as a supplement or consumed in foods such as oranges and bell peppers.

Garlic

Known for its immune-boosting properties, garlic can also help to ease congestion and sore throats. It can be consumed raw or added to foods for flavor.

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Echinacea

This herb has long been used to boost the immune system and reduce cold and flu symptoms. It can be consumed as a supplement or a tea.

Probiotics

These “good” bacteria can help to boost the immune system and may also reduce the severity and duration of a cold. They can be taken as a supplement or found in probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt and kimchi.

Salt water

Gargling with warm salt water can help to alleviate a sore throat and reduce congestion.

Honey

Another remedy for a sore throat, honey has been shown to be just as effective as cough medicine in soothing a cough.

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Vapor rub

Applied topically, vapor rub can help to ease congestion and coughing.

Humidity

Running a humidifier in your home can help to keep nasal passages moist and ease congestion.

Warm bath

Soaking in a warm bath can help to relieve muscle aches and reduce congestion. Adding eucalyptus or menthol to the bath can also provide added congestion-relieving effects.