Colds and flu are common ailments which generally occur at the change of seasons. They are caused by viral infections. The number of viruses which cause colds and flu are numerous and the body’s immune system is unable to combat all of them therefore this common illness occurs again and again and affects everyone at all ages. The virus attacks the upper respiratory tract and causes high fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, cough and severe headaches. There is also congestion, weakness and runny nose. These symptoms make one so ill and indisposed that one has to stay in bed till all the symptoms leave hold of the body. Colds and flu are very contagious and can be easily caught by breathing contaminated air which is full of airborne particles that contain the virus or by coming into close contact with the infected person.
Home Remedies For Colds And Flu
Tulsi is a holy plant and is worshipped all over India. It is a key ingredient in every pooja and all households keep a pot of tulsi. It has a wide range of healing and curing powers which are very beneficial in a host of diseases and ailments. Its potent antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties destroy the infection quickly and bring relief in the suffering. Boil a glass of water and add ten to twelve fresh tulsi leaves to it. Simmer on a low heat for two minutes then turn off the gas. After ten minutes, strain the tea and drink three to four cups of it daily.
Turmeric is a very effective remedy for colds and flu as it has powerful antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which not only fight the virus and kill it but also reduce the congestion and the cough and alleviate the aches and pains. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder into a glass of hot milk and drink it twice daily till all the symptoms are cleared.
Ginger has very strong medicinal values which are more powerful than commercial antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents. Boil a cup of water and add one teaspoon of grated ginger to it. Boil for a minute then strain the tea and drink it slowly. After drinking the tea wrap yourself in a blanket for half an hour. Drink three to four cups of this tea daily. The runny nose will stop and the soreness in the throat too will vanish.
This oil is very aromatic and has immense antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They ease the congestion and relieve the headache quickly. Rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your chest and throat. Heat a towel on a griddle and wrap your chest with it. Keep your chest covered with the towel until it loses heat. Do this, thrice daily.
Boil a glass of water and add half a teaspoon of ajwain to it. Boil on a low heat for two minutes then turn off the heat. Strain the tea and add some lump sugar to it. Drink the hot tea, thrice a day. The antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of ajwain will soon cure the cold and the flu.