Feeling down with a cold? Tried over-the-counter prescriptions and got no relief? Why not give natural remedies a try? We have all had that one time where relief from the flu needed to come faster. Nasal congestion is no fun. In this article, WebMD will show us how to manage the flu and get complete relief.
1: Blow Your Nose the Right Way
Blowing your nose when you’ve got a cold requires skill. Not really. All you need to do is hold down one nostril with your index finger and gently blow a steady stream of air from the open nostril and repeat this same action with the previously closed nostril. When you’ve got a cold, it is advised that you don’t sniff back the mucus into your nose but rather blow it out gently to avoid an earache. Sanitizing your hands afterward is advised to limit bacteria infestation.
2: Get Enough Rest
Relaxing your body is as important as the prescriptions or remedies you take to treat a cold. Complete body rest should not be underestimated as this is when the body’s natural antibodies become active to help fight the cause of the flu in order to strengthen the immune system.
3: Salt-Water Gargle
From old times, gargling with a saline solution (salt in water) has been proven to be a great way to give relief from a sore throat. Most salt-water solutions are made from only two ingredients, water, and salt. Take about a level teaspoon of sea salt rocks (table salt will do fine too) and dissolve in a glass of warm water and gargle as much as 5 times a day. There are other easy gargle concoctions that can be used in place of salt-water solution. For instance, a green tea brew can also be gargled to provide relief from an itchy sore throat because of the presence of tannins.
4: Warm Liquids Are a Must
Warm liquids provide temporary relief from nasal congestion. The combination of moisture and heat works by expanding the membranes present in the nasal passage way, which relieves the dry and tight feeling that accompanies a sore throat.
5: Hot Baths/Showers Are Your Friends
Hot baths are another great way of providing relief from the flu. Steam from hot water serves as a moisturizer and muscle relaxer. The steam quickly works by entering the nasal passage, down the esophagus and provides relief by relaxing the membranes and tonsils located in the throat region.
6: Hot or Cold Compress
Whether the heat from a hot water compress or the chill from a cold compress, you could get relief from your cold. Don’t have access to a factory-made compress? You could use an old t-shirt made with the non-flammable material. Wet the piece of cloth and place the material in the microwave for a minute. Before applying to your skin, you may want to test to see if it is not too hot. For the cold compress, take a plastic bag and fill halfway with water. Place the bag in the freezer and wait till it freezes. Use the compress with discretion.
7: More pillows, Less Mucus Build-Up
Adding more pillows to increase the incline of your head when sleeping is advised when you have a cold. The elevation will help drain the nasal passage and provide relief.
8: Practitioner Grade Vitamins and Health Supplements
Taking added supplements such as Bioceuticals, Bioceuticals Armaforce, Bioceuticals Ultra Muscleze, and Bioceuticals Ultrabiotic for the flu may work if you are deficient in vitamin and minerals. Sometimes, when we don’t have enough of the amount of vitamin and minerals our bodies require, it could make us be at risk of infections because of the weakened immune system. Therefore, it is good to always get a bit of vitamin from the early morning sun between sunrise to around 10:00 am – 11:00 am (as this is the best time to be under the sun).