Once summer passes us by, autumn and winter will be coming along for their annual ride and bring flu and cold season with them. When this time of year arrives, the immune system needs a bit of reinforcement. Fortunately, along with antibiotics and other medicines your doctor may prescribe for a flu or cold, there are natural remedies available that may prevent or at least assuage some of your symptoms. If you’re interested in some extra measures for flu and cold season, just check out our quick list below…
In the past, raw honey has been used for various complaints and ailments due to supposed antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, with Manuka honey in particular taking the spotlight in this regard. In between your regular dose of over-the-counter or prescription medication, you can try brewing an herbal tea and using Manuka honey as your sweetener to further help with coughing and similar flu/cold symptoms.
While garlic does have a sharpness to it, it’s said to be a strong natural antibiotic, as it contains allicin, which supposedly kills different types of bacteria and interrupts replication. Garlic has also apparently been used for stimulating the immune system and cleansing the sinuses of sinusitis.
If you’re looking for natural remedies for treating skin infections and inflammation, coconut oil may be worth trying. It’s said to ease irritation and pain by reducing the spread and therefore the worsening of rashes and skin irritations.
Being one of the more commonly used remedies out there, ginger is said to have a near instantaneous effect on your body, easing discomfort and stimulating your immune system. The reason for this is the relatively wide range of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals it contains. In addition to treating complaints like nausea and headaches, ginger has been used for stimulating blood circulation and opening the airway.
Apple Cider Vinegar
With the ability to allegedly act like an antibiotic or a probiotic, apple cider vinegar can detoxify and therefore cleanse one’s body of bacteria and restore the intestine’s flora following a stomach virus respectively. Additionally, apple cider vinegar is said to have a role in accelerating metabolism, making it easier to lose weight.
As you likely know, this spice will serve you well in the kitchen, but it can do the same for your medicine cabinet. Oregano oil has two compounds (carvacol and thymol), which together possess strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some have considered using oregano for treating colds, seasonal viruses, influenza, upper respiratory tract infections, and general immune system strengthening.
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