5 natural remedies to help your body fight the flu

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The first symptoms of the flu are beginning to be felt? Before things get complicated, a few natural remedies can give your body the energy it needs to boost your immunity and promote healing.

flu symptoms

After the incubation period, the flu is manifested by high fever, accompanied by sweating, body aches, dry cough, headache and sore throat, but also loss of appetite.

To reduce these symptoms and regain energy, here are the 5 natural recipes to test 👇

Our natural recipes against the flu

Ginger

This food is one of natural remedies most effective for sore throats. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger also helps reduce joint pain. You can add it to dishes based on vegetables, meat or fish, as you can make a lemon and honey infusion.

The most effective recipe is to make an infusion: you put 2 to 3 slices of fresh ginger in a saucepan with 250 ml of water and a few slices or a zest of lemon. Bring everything to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Be careful, if you take blood thinners, the use of ginger as a food or natural remedy can have harmful effects on your health. Consult your doctor, otherwise go to the next recipe.

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Honey

Honey is a natural antibacterial, antioxidant and antibiotic. It can be effective in reducing dry coughs and soothing mild sore throats.

Taking a mixture of lemon and honey several times a day helps relieve symptoms. These two simple foods are a wonderful remedy for sore throats. Lemon provides vitamin C and has an antibacterial action, while honey has a soothing effect on irritated mucous membranes.

You can for example:

  • Take a mixture of warm milk and honey
  • Dissolve a teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water with a few drops of lemon
  • Use honey to sweeten hot drinks, such as tea or chamomile.

Eucalyptus

Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, this plant helps reduce flu symptoms and relieves the respiratory tract. Its antispasmodic effect reduces coughing attacks and helps clear the nose and soothe sore throats.

Boil water with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil, place a towel over your head to cover yourself better, inhale the vapors through your nose and exhale through your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes.

You can also use it as a herbal tea. Make an infusion based on eucalyptus and thyme, with 2 to 3 grams of dried leaves and let steep in a cup of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes.

Eucalyptus oil is highly recommended for unclogging the airways. If you have a stuffy nose, put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a tissue and breathe deeply to relieve congestion in your nose and upper chest.

Garlic and onion

Garlic and onion are both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Garlic is also a powerful anti-viral. They become excellent allies to fight the flu and particularly the fever if they are taken regularly.

They also promote the expulsion of phlegm and help relieve coughs.

You can eat them raw (if you have the courage) or as an infusion. Heat water over medium heat with the garlic and onion. Then lower the heat and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Let it sit and then take half a cup in small sips.

Continue to drink it, 3 to 4 times a day, until the symptoms disappear.

Thyme, rosemary and oregano

To prepare the recipe, boil 1-2 cups of water in a large saucepan, then add 2 teaspoons of thyme, a little rosemary and oregano.

Take a towel, cover your head over the pan and start inhaling the steam. Inhale for as long as possible (minimum 15 minutes). This will help you decongest your nasal walls and eliminate viruses and bacteria in your airways. Keep tissues handy.

You can add 1/2 cup of vinegar. It won’t smell good, but it will help fight the disease.

bonus tip

A healthy and balanced diet is essential. Opt for fresh foods. Seasonal fruits can be a good source of vitamins and sugar.

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