Today for every infection, disease and pain, there are varieties of medicines available. We go from expensive modern medicine to highly effective radiation therapies to find cure and ease for the epidemic or plague and the inflicting pain.
Even most people think of common seasonal symptoms like Cold and Flu as a mild annoyance, that comes around each winter, but it can be troublesome when it keeps you home for long, affecting your job.
So our grannies often come up with natural remedy for flu, bad throat and common cold.
What is Natural Remedy?
Natural remedies are mixture or combination of natural ingredients obtained from plants, herbs, spices or any product of nature. Even in some cultures, plants and herbs have been used for the purpose of healing called ‘traditional medicines’. Other than this, natural remedies are often prepared with the basic things present in our home for daily use or easily available at market.
Natural remedy is not only for fever or pain. For every problem, homemade natural solution is available, whether it is for some acne, whitening or beauty treatments; and natural organic products is still the best.
With growing industry of cosmetic and medicinal drugs, it has become harder for us to differentiate between real and fake products. Many are unaware that they are even using unnatural products. Often companies misuse the brand name with substandard products. We do not get the required results due to the harmful chemicals present in it like; lead, arsenic, mercury and cyanide.
Why do People still Use Chemical-Based Products?
Natural products cost more than chemicals, and they often require more time for our expected results. That is why many people are still using chemical-based products for faster effect and it is cheaper. Then why consider using natural products since it is more expensive and takes longer?
We see chemical-based products promise multiple advantages for you, especially for your skin and guarantee quick results, making us believe ‘over-night’ changes. In a short time, we feel attracted and contented, but with the continuous and long term use, the alarming results began to appear, which is only possible with harsh chemicals.
We have to get the treatment for the reaction and side effects caused by them, so the quick results back fires and even costs more. We have to face more harm than good.
We seek treatment for skin patches, skin dryness, skin sagging, blemishes, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts, allergies, etc.
Different kinds of chemicals and synthetic ingredients are used in chemical products which make them effective but most probably it will result into skin allergies.
Why Choose Natural Remedy instead of ‘Over the Counter Medicine’?
Today allopathic medicines are prescribed by modern doctors which often have some sort of side effects. This includes insomnia, vomiting, fatigue, dry mouth, depression, and some times fainting. The unpleasant taste is often annoying, which makes us feel sicker.
On the contrary, natural products keep us safe from chemical reactions and undesired results. No toxic ingredients are found in natural products. It can be used long term with real desired results. Natural ingredients are used such as natural oils, plants (like seaweed, green tea), fruit extracts and fruit acids. Also it ensures the soothing effect with guaranteed result, although longer.
Long term use of natural remedy is safe for the body, compare to chemical-based products and over the counter medicine, in which, toxins will build up in the body over time.
What is the Financial Impact of Cold and Flu?
In the 2015-2016 flu seasons in U.S, an estimated 24.5 million were stricken with the flu, resulting in 11 million medical visits, 308,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths.
An estimated annual $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults, which is quite alarming.
It works better, if we replace common drugstore medicines with natural remedies. The over the counter drugs which we use as a painkiller, sleeping pills, and allergy medicines could cause liver and kidney damage, if used too often.
We do not really need to rely every time on allopathic; rather we should trust, make effort to use natural herbs and natural remedies easily available at home, to give us some health boost.
Does Natural Remedy Work?
Before there were home remedies, common ailments spread easily, including infection and body aches.
If the natural remedies did not work, it would never have been so popular for centuries. The chemical–free treatment with herbs and spices have long term benefits with no damage to any part of body. Every plant and herb has its effective property. When these herbs and plants are used with appropriate combinations, they give the cure for the desired disease.
With the changing season, flu and cold is the most common problem. Flu symptoms often let us feel dizzy and irritated the whole day. We need to rest in bed with symptoms of chill, fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, body aches, nasal congestion and fever.
Here are some Natural remedies for cold, with herbs, spices and plants. These are effective, easy to prepare and used as well.
Natural remedies for Cold
Properties: Ginger is a root with multiple health benefits and medicinal properties. It’s inexpensive and been in use since centuries. Other than herbal use, it’s an important ingredient in food. Scientists also agree with its curative properties.
Use: Ginger can be used in any form whether it’s dried, in powder or juice form. It is used to treat soreness, digestion, morning sickness, flu and common cold.
Preparation: Prepare this easy home remedy for cold to boost up your immunity. Chop about one and half an inch ginger and put it in tea strainer. Place the strainer in a cup and pour fresh boiling water into the cup. Let the tea settle for five minutes.
Squeeze the ginger with a spoon to get more juice in the cup. Remove the tea strainer and add honey for tremendous flavor. Feel the warm sip. Enjoy two to three cups daily until you feel better.
Properties: Honey, which I would say, is a universally used food for medicine, dessert, treatment and as a healthy treat. It contains many antioxidants, nutrients, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins too.
Use: Popular since centuries, it’s still considered the most healthy food. It is beneficial to heal wounds, kill unwanted bacteria and solve digestive problems. It’s most craved in desserts for sweetening and melting flavour and a basic ingredient for many cooking recipes.
Many beauty products contain honey too.
Preparation: Honey is a sooth giver to our sore throat with its warm liquid and sweetening taste with a pleasing smell. What you need to do is add a spoon full of honey with lemon drops and enjoy the warm drink, easing the cold, cough and warming up your body.
Properties: Ceylon cinnamon is best and one of many varieties of cinnamon with a light color, different shape, and taste with multiple benefits. It has anti-oxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Use: Cinnamon is used to add flavour to food and taste to herbal tea. It is considered best for treating diabetes, for fighting cancer and to control blood pressure. Both the sticks and powder can be used.
Preparation: Add ¼ teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder, 1 teaspoon of raw honey and few drops of lemon as per your choice into 1 cup of lightly boiled water and stir well.
Enjoy every sip of this magic drink to bring peace to your mind and body to treat cold and flu.
Properties: Turmeric is the most beneficial spice which contains bioactive compounds with medicinal properties. Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric with strong anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory effects.
Use: It is used in cooking as a spice. It is best taken with milk to heal wounds, lessen pains and give peace to the body by curing. Turmeric is also used as a natural remedy for the whitening of a face.
Preparation: If you are feeling caught up by the chilling weather, try this remedy to cure your flu and cough. Put ginger, turmeric and water in a saucepan and boil it. Cover it and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Then add lemon, honey and cinnamon for flavour and effective properties. Drink it to get relief from cold.
Home remedies for cold:
- Flaxseeds are effective to relieve cold and cough. For this, you need to boil flaxseeds until it gets thick. After straining add honey and lemon drops to add flavor and soothing effect.
- Gargling is another solution to bring some relief to the bad throat. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle with it to sooth your ticklish throat.
- Broth in winter is best to be safe from catching cold and fever, ending in flu. A soup can be made with a variety of vegetables and chicken to warm up your body.
- Staying hydrated is good for a stuffed nose and soothes the throat as well. It is natural you crave for warm liquids such as chicken stock, vegetable soup, teas, and broth until you feel your best.
- Steaming helps to soothe your nose, making a way to breathe clearly and softening the nose tissues. Pour freshly boiled water in the pot and inhale in the steam by covering your head with a towel to stop the steam from slipping out.
Herbal remedies for cold:
Herbs are plants commonly used as remedies for centuries. The herbal remedies are well known due to its exotic scent, soothing flavour and healing properties. It is often used in herbal teas which are made with a combination of different herbs and spices called Herbal Infusion. Herbs are boiled in hot water to extract oils and active ingredients.
Hibiscus Tea: Hibiscus Tea is a healthy drink with antiviral properties. It is made from Hibiscus plant to help combat viruses like flu. It is also effective in reducing high blood pressure.
Echinacea Plant: Echinacea Tea is the well-known remedy for fighting common cold and flu. It is said to help boost the immune system to eliminate infections.
Black Elderberry: The berries of elderberry plant are used as a remedy for colds, fevers, aches, pains and also supports the body. It is known for its antioxidant properties. The berries are full of vitamins and minerals but its leaves, stem and seeds are toxic.
Nettle Leaf: Nettle leaf is the best herb for multiple purposes. It is full of nutrients, keeps the body hydrated and removes toxins. It is also effective in treating sneezing and runny nose.
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– Flu and cough
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– Oral health (gum)
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