**Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor or other type of healthcare provider. These are simply at-home remedies that I have located around the inter-webs. They may or may not work for you…**
Almost two weeks ago I came down with a nasty flu/cold combo and it was brutal. I hadn’t been that sick in years and almost forgot how to be sick! I hate using store-bought medicine unless I ABSO-lutely have to. So I began my search for things I could do at home to ease my cough, fever, headaches etc… and this is what I came up with:
Technically this isn’t an actually “tea” but rather lemon juice and ginger root, but it is something that I always had by my side when I was sick. This tea is great for soothing your sore throat (especially if you throw a little honey in) and according to Live Strong the ginger is sweat inducing, which then releases a natural antibiotic that helps strengthen your immune system. Also, it’s pretty tasty 😉
This may sound easy and maybe a little silly, but putting a cold cloth or compress on your forehead or nape of your neck can help reduce your fever quicker. My fever only lasted one day!
BLOW YOUR NOSE
This may seem pretty obvious, but a lot of people tend to suck back that mucus instead of blowing it into a tissue. Make sure you’re blowing your nose gently and not shooting your germs everywhere (according to WebMD).
STAY WARM…AND REST!
Your body needs time to rest and heal. I understand a lot of people are go, go, go! types but sometimes it’s okay to take a couple of days and give your body the rest it needs. This is especially important for the first couple days you are ill. Your body is trying to fight your sickness off and by keeping yourself warm and rested your immune system can focus on tackling what it needs to.
With salt water of course. This is something that my parents made me do when I was younger and had a sore throat. Trust me, yes it’s disgusting (please don’t drink it!) but it really helps. Mix about 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle. Repeat up to 4 times daily.
TAKE A BATH
Or a hot shower. Not only will the hot water help you sweat it out, the steam will help with your congestion so you can breathe easier (even if it’s only temporary).
For more at-home remedies, check out WebMD’s article “12 Home Remedies for Colds“.
I hope some of these suggestions are helpful and if you have your own at-home remedy, please feel free to share it in the comments!