Home remedies for winter colds and flu

 | By and Jenny McFarlane  |  Add comment

Suffering from a bout of the dreaded lurgy? Get yourself better pronto with these easy home remedies for kicking colds into touch…

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If you're struggling with an annual cold, boost your body's immune system with these at-home remedies and feel better in no time...

1. Drink more fluids


Plough through as much water and fruit juice as you can get your mucus covered hands on.

It will help to break up congestion, prevent dehydration and keep your throat moist.

Avoid caffeine and coke, instead guzzle herbal teas, sports drinks, water or ginger ale.

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2. Hot chicken soup


Scientists have found that hot chicken soup is actually good for beating off a cold. It's one of the most beneficial fluids you can have when you're ill as it helps thin mucus, provides easily absorbed nutrients, and helps your body fight the virus.

3. Get steamy


Fill a bowl with boiling water, hold your head over it and cover yourself with a towel to create your own little head sauna.

Breathing the steam in through your nose will help ease congestion (it's also lovely and soothing when you're feeling poorly).

4. Echinacea


Herbal remedies always divide opinion. And whilst we recommend taking a trip to the pharmacy for some hard hitting cold drugs, there is evidence supporting Echinacea's immune boosting powers.

Echinacea is believed to stimulate the overall activity of cells responsible for fighting off any infection.

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If in doubt, a nice cup of tea will work wonders



5. Honey and Lemon tea


This will loosen your nasal passages, soothe your throat and help your body to battle on.

Throw in some chunks of fresh ginger if you really mean business.

6. Vitamin C


It won't necessarily stop you getting a cold, but if you've already been struck down – it is suggested that Vitamin C will help boost your immune system and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

7. Steal your partner's pillow


Sleeping with an extra pillow under your head will help relieve congestion and make it easier for you to get a good night's rest. And you're ill, so he'll have to let you.

8. Grab a blanket and get some sleep


Staying warm and rested means your body's resources can be redirected to help the fight going on against those nasty viral invaders.

Feel better soon.

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