So it's that time of year again. The coughing, the sneezing, the stuffy noses and long congested nights.
There's nothing that will get you down like a long and steady cold. The good news is, cold and flu home remedies are easy to make and very cost effective. They can certainly make life a lot easier, especially when you feel stuffy and exhausted.
Baked Garlic Cloves- Want my cold and flu secret? My lovely sister gave me this one. Peel 10-15 individual garlic cloves and place them on a tray. Lightly cover with olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. Let the cloves bake for about 15-20 minutes.
Garlic is a wonderful immunity booster. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians ate garlic regularly for its healing properties. Not only can garlic help your recover quicker from your sickness, if you eat it frequently it can also help keep you from getting sick.
Baked garlic cloves are a remedy I swear by, and they taste good!
Drink water. As obvious as it may seem, fluids help flush out toxins in your body and keep you healthy. Those who drink plenty of water are less likely to get sick, and more likely to get over a sickness quickly.
Coffee, alcohol, and soda however, will increase dehydration and lengthen the duration of your sickness.
Gargling salt water can help with a dry, raspy, or sore throat. Try mixing a teaspoon of salt in a tall glass of hot water, and swish or gargle for several minutes.
Eat fruit for a few days. Vitamin C may not cure your cold, but it will certainly help your immune system kill it quicker! If you are too sick to eat, try simply sucking the juice out of a few oranges a day.
Add lemon slices to the pints of water you are most certainly drinking. Chew up a couple of Vitamin C tablets for good measure. Just make sure you are getting enough of it.
Using a humidifier in your house is one of the best cold remedies and can help your symptoms a lot. Dry air can make you feel worse with a winter cold, so moisturize the air around you to provide relief.
You'll want to make sure that you are changing the water often and cleaning it every couple days to prevent mold and fungi in your house. Here is a tip I've picked up for cleaning your humidifier without adding chemicals to it.
Simply fill the tank with warm water and add 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Then soak a cotton ball or paper towel in vinegar and wipe down the inside of the humidifier base. Let this sit for thirty minutes to an hour before rinsing and refilling.
White vinegar is excellent at combating mold (which loves to live in humidifiers and can make you very sick) and will kill off other germs in the process. Make sure you clean your humidifier at least once a week while in use, possibly more often if you're using it a lot.
If you are very congested and are having trouble breathing through your nose, this little tip will help. I use Menthol salve. Menthol salve works really well at clearing your nose and throat so it's easier to breathe. It can also help clear that fuzzy feeling in your head and soothe raw skin under your nose.
Dab a little on your chest and under your nose. I have found this method to be one of the best cold remedies because it works quickly and is easy to dab on while you are resting.