Getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids are the basics of combating colds and flues. Getting enough vitamin C is also important. That all sounds fine and good when you feel fine but once you start to fight a flu you just want relief and quickly. This is why so many people spend so much money on over the counter drugs. Offering fast relief is why medications are so popular. The medications only damper your symptoms they do not cure them and you could cause your cold to stick around for a longer period of time! Why would you choose a longer cold with temporary spells of relief over a shorter cold with longer periods of relief?
If you’re looking for a quick natural health remedy, try some peppers. If you want an easy way to boost your immune system is to eat bell peppers, which are great sources of vitamin C. Another great cooking item for your health is cayenne pepper, which is fantastic for your sinuses. If you want to clear up your sinus passages you should add some cayenne pepper to your tea.
Using cayenne pepper when you’re sick is a fantastic way to induce a sweat which will help your body force out all of the gross toxins and germs that are causing your illness. Make some salve. Whether you have sinus issues or chest congestion, salve is a great help. Salves are made of herbs and spices that are full of nutrients that you need-salves allow them to be absorbed through the skin which can help you get the nutrition you need even if you have an upset stomach, can be great for your skin and will attach your congestion and boost your immune system. If you don’t have the time to make a salve from scratch, vaporub is a natural health alternative that is worth looking into. Healing and getting over the cold or flu can be as simple as rubbing some salve onto your chest overnight.
Steam is your friend. Why spend a bunch of money on decongestants when long showers and baths are just as effective? The steam will help clear up your sinuses which will help you breathe. You will get better rest when your muscles are relaxed-something that the hot water in your bath or shower will help with. Putting a towel over your head and aiming your face at some steaming water is a good alternative to taking a long shower or bath.
The steam is directed toward your face by the sides of the towel which also help keep the water from cooling too quickly. Steam aids in the productivity of blowing your nose because it relaxes the sinuses’ hold on the discharge they contain. Getting well when you have the flu or a cold could be as simple as choosing the right natural health remedy. Don’t take a bunch of chemical based “cures” when there are better options available. This article does not advocate ignoring your doctor but does encourage you to try some natural health remedies if at all possible.