With the arrival of winter season we often find ourselves and our loved ones falling prey to common cold ad flu virus. How to get rid of Common Cold and Flu? look no further, help could be found in your kitchen.
Common Cold and Flu is caused by our immune systems reaction to a Cold and Flu virus. Cold and Flu virus enters our bodies through mucous membranes, causing inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes. This condition is generally termed as Common Cold. While many effective over the counter and prescription drugs are available to cure common cold and flu, we love the natural Common Cold and Flu Remedies more – why? because these natural remedies are helpful in curing the underlying root cause of the common cold and flu infections. Common Cold and Flu is often caused by our weak immune system. If we avoid sugars, keep ourselves hydrated and take immune boosting herbal teas , we could be well on our way to a faster recovery from common cold without strong medication.
Common cold symptoms
Common cold causes soar throat, nasal congestion, head congestion, fatigue, weakness, muscle pain, clear mucus drain through runny nose. Occasionally will causes sneezing, red watery itchy eyes. Its rare for common cold to produce fever or headache . There are more than two hundred virus that can cause common cold but rhino viruses are most common cause of the common cold. Cold symptoms are usually very similar to sinus infection or allergy symptoms. If your symptoms begin quickly and subside in a couple of weeks its probably common cold not sinus infection or allergies.
Sinus infection symptoms
If your symptoms last more than two week then probably your common cold has caused sinus infection. It happens when swollen and inflamed mucous membranes cause the mucous glands to secretes mucus to rid the body of the virus. When too much swelling of the mucous membrane blocks the sinus openings and stops the mucus drain, This stagnant mucus gets infected with bacteria causing sinus infection. Seasonal allergies on the other hand, only rarely cause muscle aches and pains, or fatigue. Even less often are they accompanied by fever or a headache.
Seasonal allergy symptoms
The symptoms of influenza Flu appear suddenly and often include a fever of 100-104 degrees Fahrenheit, it may reach 106 degrees. Its a continuous fever but may come and go. Flu sufferer may experience shaking chills, severe body and muscle aches in back, arms and legs. Headache; pain on moving the eyes, fatigue and malaise and loss of appetite. dry cough and runny nose and dry soar throat. Flu epidemics are very common in winter months. Getting the flu makes you more susceptible to ear infection, sinusitis and pneumonia. Flu is linked with 20,000 deaths in US every year and is among the major national killers, with 130,000 hospitalizations each year.
Chronic Sinusitis is the most common disease in US, affecting approx. 40 million people. If your chronic cold lasts more than two weeks, study reveals, that there is a high likelihood of sinus infection. There are two types of sinus infection acute and chronic. Acute sinusitis symptoms are cold like with more than two weeks duration and yellow and green nasal drainage, a fever, cough, postnasal drip, facial pressure around the eyes, forehead and cheeks. pain and swelling of the face. If you experience loss of smell and pain after tapping area around bridge of your nose and forehead, just above eyes, you might be suffering from acute sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis produces less symptoms than acute sinusitis. Symptoms include low grade fever, nasal congestion, soar throat, postnasal drainage, decrease sense of taste and smell, constant cold symptoms like constant runny nose. these symptoms will usually interfere with your sleep.
How to get rid of common cold and flu
Beware of Sugars: Sugars suppress our immune systems making us vulnerable to infections. Since natural remedies give more attention to the root cause of the disease, it is highly recommended to avoid or limit sugar intake to keep immune system strong as most of the common cold related infections are triggered by weak immune system. If we can strengthen our immune system or avoid the foods and lifestyle that weakens our immune system, our body will survive the onslaught of the common cold and flu viruses, in every season.
Avoid Sugar to boost your immune system
High sugar consumption severely impairs our immune system’s ability to work. A diet high in sugars make a person more susceptible to colds, flu, and sinus infection. Sugar provides empty naked calories and no nutrients at all. No minerals, proteins, vitamins or antioxidants are found in sugar. Sugar is in hundreds of processed food hidden as fructose, high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, rice syrup, maple syrup, beets, concentrated juice, honey and more.
Boost immune system with elderberry extract
Elderberry extract is a popular herbal remedy for common cold and flu. It has been shown to actually halt the spread of infection. It has shown amazing results in studies to cut the flu recovery time in almost half. It can be taken in winter to boost the immune system.
Cinnamon and big raisin tea (concoction)
Cinnamon and Big Raisin Tea. In young kids this remedy has shown amazing results in fighting common cold by boosting the immune system. Add one stick of cinnamon and 4-5 Big Raisin to a cup of water, let it simmer for 15 minutes, at least. Serve warm for better results. Take it 4-5 time a day for faster relief.
Cinnamon, clove, black pepper, sweet violet tea
Cinnamon, Clove, Black pepper, Sweet Violet Tea: Another effective remedy for common cold and flu. Add one small stick of cinnamon, 2-3 cloves, 3-4 black pepper, and one dried sweet violet flower ( also known as Parma violets, Devon violet, Blue violet, English violet, Sweet-scented violet) to a cup of water and boil it for 2-3 minutes. Take it 3-4 times a day, preferably hot, to cure common cold and flu
Olive leaf extract to get rid of common cold and flu
Olive Leaf Extract is another herbal antibiotic and antiviral that has shown amazing results in treating flu infections. Its widely available in health food stores across the US.
Turmeric Smoothie to flight common cold
A great way to fight common cold symptoms it to enjoy this anti-oxidant rich turmeric smoothie:
Add 2 heaped tbsp of Greek thick set yoghurt, 1 large peeled and chopped orange, 2 chopped carrots, 1/2 cup coconut water, and 1 scant tsp turmeric powder to a blender and whizz on high for a couple of minutes, if you are brave sprinkle with a turmeric topping and enjoy this every morning.
Build immunity with herbs reishi, maitake mushrooms and astragalus
Immunity building herbs reishi, maitake mushrooms and astragalus are also recommended by Chinese doctors and practitioners for common cold and flu. You can find them at most super markets and health food stores. Comes in pills as well. Hot water with honey, lemon and cinnamon is another traditional remedy for Common Colds. Soothes throat and chest and stops mucus buildup. Drink a cup every 2 hours.
Honey, ginger and cinnamon tea to get rid of common cold and flu
Add 1/2 cinnamon stick, one clove, one large cardamom, and four black peppers to a glass of water and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Now take it off the stove and add 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger and a teaspoon of honey. Cover the tea and let it steep for another 5 minutes. Take this tea twice a day to get relief from cold and flu in a couple of days.
Prevent cold and cough with saffron milk
To prevent common cold and coughs in the winter season. Add a pinch of saffron to warm milk and give it to your kids before the onset of the cold season and through out the winter.
Fight common cold and flu with honey and thymol (bishop’s weed/carom)
Add a teaspoon of freshly roasted and powdered thymol to a teaspoon of hot honey and take it at night time, right before going to bed. Make sure you don’t eat or drink any thing for next 3-4 hours for best results.
Common cold treatment with cumin seeds water
Cumin water is an antiseptic beverage and very useful to treat common cold and fever. To prepare cumin water, add a teaspoon of cumin seeds to boiling water and allow it to simmer for few seconds, and set aside to cool. If cold is associated with sore throat, add a few small pieces of dry ginger to the boiling water as well. It will sooth sore throat.
Natural cold and chest/nasal congestion relief for infants
Steam from the brew of 6 cloves added to two glasses of hot water is very helpful for young kids and infants. A room humidifier or a pot of hot steaming water with eucalyptus leaves in the bed room can also help in breathing for infants.