Autumn is a beautiful season and also a season of cold & flu.
Sometimes you just do not have the energy to or a chance to go to the doctor, but you still want to treat yourself or your family right away. These are 5 helpful home remedies in your kitchen to help treat and sooth your cold & flu symptoms.
1) Onion – for ear ache
This is by far the most useful treatments for children who just started the ear infections and are crying or screaming. This help soothing the pain quickly, reducing the inflammation, and also because onion is antimicrobial, it treats the infection, too.
Chop about 1/2 of onion finely (any kind is fine, but juicy the better). Place this in a cheese cloth, a thin towel, or a handkerchief to wrap the onion. Make sure the cloth is thin enough that the vapour of onion can reach to the ears. Put this cloth against affected ear(s). If you know the ear drum is intact, then you can just put a few drops of onion juice directly into the affected ear(s) instead.
2) Ginger – for headache, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, warming the body, and fighting against human respiratory syncytial virus
Ginger is such a helpful herb to have in every house hold! As you can see in the list above, it can help so many things! The easiest way to take ginger is in a tea. You can chop about 1/2 to 1 tsp of ginger finely and put it in a tea cup. Add hot water to make a tea. You can also add lemon juice and honey for additional benefits to treat cold.
3) Garlic – for fighting infection and improving immunity
Garlic is one of the herbs that has so many “anti-“s. Both bacteria and viruses just do not like it at all (also the fungus do not like garlic!). There is a study done with 142 people, split into groups receiving either a placebo or a garlic supplement. The placebos group had a total of 65 colds, while the garlic group only had 24 colds, so garlic can be also used as prevention. To use the fresh garlic, try to use finely graded or chopped garlic on top of the soup as a garnish, mix it in the salad dressings or the dips.
Sage is great for upper respiratory infection. The easy way to use is making a tea. I usually mix with ginger and honey to add the benefits!
5) Salt – for sore throat and preventing cold & flu
Well, if you do not have any fancy things in your kitchen, you can use the salt! Add 1 tsp of water in a small glass (about 4 oz) of warm water, dissolve the salt and gargle! According to the study done by University of Connecticut, gargling with warm salt water helped sooth the throat by reducing swelling and break down secretions. Warm salt water also has an antibacterial effect so if your family is sick, this is a classical yet a great way to prevent you from getting sick!