Both colds and flu are common and most often mild illnesses. Generally, there is no point in going to a doctor to treat a cold or flu, since the medications he or she will prescribe for you are most often available at the pharmacy without a prescription. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Generally speaking, a few home remedies will be enough to alleviate symptoms that are often difficult to endure. There are 13 such remedies available from naturopathic medicine.
Is it a cold or a flu?
An easy way to determine whether it is a cold or the flu is to be treated: cold symptoms are concentrated above the shoulders (cough, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat), while for the flu, muscle aches, fever, headache and general fatigue are added to these symptoms.
How can I treat myself with naturopathy?
Of course, if the condition persists or if home treatment does not seem to be working, it is recommended that you consult a health care professional, but why not start with these naturopathic tips inspired by grandma’s tricks that have proven themselves over the centuries:
- To cure colds and sore throats, you can gargle with lemon juice or salt water.
- Thyme infusions are made, then lemon juice and honey are added and drunk hot.
- We enjoy a good chicken broth, ideally with some chopped garlic cloves to cure the cold.
- We drink a lot (a lot!) of water: it helps to clear up the mucus, and to decongest.
- We inhale hot water with an essential oil added: lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus.
- We make a homemade syrup to cure his flu consisting of an onion studded with cloves that we cook in a little water. Then, one passes to the robot (without the nails), one adds 1 tablespoon of honey and a little lemon juice, if necessary, to adjust the texture which must be that of a thick liquid. It’s not very good in the mouth… but excellent everywhere else!
- We drink 3 cups of black elderberry tea (leaves and berries).
- We take a very hot bath, then we wrap ourselves up, and slip into bed.
- We drink a grog made up of brown rum or mulled wine well sweetened and added spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove), then dodo!
- We rest to cure our flu: we must sleep as much as possible so that the body can use all its energy to fight the virus.
- Sleep with wet socks: some people swear by this method, which apparently activates the blood circulation, and thus treats the cold more quickly throughout the body.
- Make sure the air is not too dry: Dry air dries out and attacks the mucous membranes, which delays healing. Turn on the humidifier if you have one; otherwise, place bowls of hot water near the heaters.
- You boost your immune system to cure your cold: you eat garlic, onions, ginger, take drops of echinacea, horseradish, fruits that contain a lot of vitamin C.