Home Remedies for Flu Symptoms

It’s good to have some home remedies for flu symptoms in place every year around the start of flu season. Flu viruses begin to show up like clockwork ever year around the start of October and usually last until April.

Some recommend taking the flu shot every year to ward off infection, especially when it comes to senior citizens. I have avoided the flu shot for many years now, and have instead opted to take my chances with a more natural approach with diet. I can’t say that this works best across the board for everyone but it has worked for me.

If you do catch the flu this year, here are some home remedies that can certainly ease your suffering.

Dietary Home Remedies

Honey. If you have a constant hacking cough, try a little honey. The Chines have used it for thousands of years Honey.as a medicine for coughs. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with a cup of hot water and a squeeze of lemon juice. Honey acts as an expectorant, which helps the flow of mucus.

Broth. Beef or chicken broth will help to provide nutrients you need and keep you hydrated. It will also help to liquefy mucous secretions.

Lemon. The acidic properties of lemons help to eliminate bacteria from mucous membranes. Lemon oil has antibacterial, antifungal and anti inflammatory properties. The oil acts as an expectorant as well. The best way to fix it is to place one chopped lemon with skin into a boiling cup of hot water. While you let it steep for a few minutes, inhale the steam.

Herbal Home Remedies

Mustard. The early Romans used mustard as remedy for the flu and chest colds. Mustard contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Take 1 tablespoon of dry mustard and mix with 3-4 tablespoons of flour, 1 egg white and warm water to create a paste. Take on clean handkerchief and smear the mustard paste on it. Apply to the chest every few minutes.

Peppermint. If you’re running a high fever, peppermint tea can help to help to cool your head. Peppermint contains menthol, a decongestant that helps to unstuff those clogged sinuses.

Thyme. helps your upper respiratory tract by loosening mucous and preventing bacteria from settling in. Simply make a cup of thyme tea by adding a teaspoon of thyme leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes and add some delicious honey.

These are just a few home remedies for flu symptoms that you can use to help get you back on track during the cold winter months of flu season.

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