5 Herbal Home Remedies for Fast Cold and Flu Relief

There are no known cures for the common flu. Having enough drink and rest are the best things you can do while letting your immune system battling the illness.

But there are many natural flu remedies from certain herbs that have been used for generations that are highly effective at easing flu symptoms and reducing the duration of the illness. The herbal home remedies below are meant to be simple to make using ingredients that are readily available in your kitchen, like:

Salt -- helps break nasal congestion by drawing moisture from the mucus membranes and helps cleanse the throat of phlegm.

Garlic -- anti-viral, antibiotic, and antiseptic.

Onion -- great for coughs and raw onion keeps the respiratory tract open.

Ginger -- antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Beside treating cold/flu, ginger is also excellent for nausea and vomiting.

Sage -- carminative, antiseptic, astringent, and excellent source of vitamin K. Used for sore throats, cough and sinus congestion.

Honey -- antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. Be sure to buy raw, organic honey to gain its maximum benefit.

Lemon -- high in vitamin C, lemon may help you to build resistance to cold and flu, and speed up healing.

The Remedies

Garlic Honey
6 cloves raw garlic
1/4 cup raw honey

Finely grate raw garlic and let it for 10 minutes to activate its medicinal compounds.

Add honey to garlic and stir well with dry clean spoon.
Consume immediately or store it in a sealed, sterilized, and dry jar.

For internal use, spread 1 tablespoon on a piece of bread and eat twice a day during active infection.

Onion Honey
1–3 onions
Raw honey
Peel and chop the onions and place in jar.
Pour enough honey to completely cover onions and leave overnight in fridge.

Ginger Lemon Honey
3 inch piece of ginger
2 cups water
Lemon juice
Raw honey

Peel ginger and slice thinly.
Boil the ginger in water for 10-15 minutes.
Put the lemon juice and the honey in a large mug.
Strain the ginger water into the mug.
Stir to dissolve the honey and sip throughout the day as needed.

Warm Salt Water Gargle
Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water and gargle three or four times daily.

Steam Inhalation
4 cups of water
Herbs of choice: thyme, rosemary, sage, cajuput oil, etc.

Large towel
In a large heat proof glass or ceramic bowl, add a handful of your herb(s) of choice.

Pour the boiling water over the herbs, place face above bowl, and quickly throw towel over head.

Inhale the steam for approximately 10 minutes or more.

Caution: start high above bowl to avoid burning face.

photo: thesleuthjournal.com

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