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Each year, the flu is one of the most common causes of medical concern across the country. Annually, millions of people go to their local hospitals concerned about their symptoms - coughing, runny noses, vomiting, and fever (just to name a few). On the bright side, the flu is easy to treat at home with simple and inexpensive remedies, many of which can be found in your kitchen.  

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Honey

Honey is one of the most powerful remedies for treating the common flu. It's packed full of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help your body to recover from the flu. To enjoy this delicious home remedy, mix a tablespoon of honey with a warm glass of water. Drink the mixture a few times a day. Optionally, you may add a few drops of lemon juice for a healthier kick. Lemon juice is also soothing for the throat and promotes mucus flow. It's important to know that honey shouldn't be given to children under the age of one.

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Lemon

Many people consider lemon to be one of the best ways to treat the flu. Lemon is known for its potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Plus, this citrus fruit is also anti-inflammatory. The resulting combination is a powerful weapon against the common flu as well as its symptoms. To use lemon against the flu, squeeze the juice of half a lemon and mix it with a warm glass of water. Drink the mixture several times a day until symptoms weaken. You may also mix the lemon with some honey to make it more appetizing.

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Ginger

For centuries, ginger has been the go-to remedy for the common flu. Many cultures across the world find this root to be a powerful aid against the flu. Its strong anti-inflammatory characteristics and its warming effects make ginger a reliable ingredient for fighting the flu. Also, ginger also helps to strengthen the immune system, helping to ward off other infectious diseases. To use ginger, you can make tea by mixing grated ginger with boiling water. You can also drink ginger juice diluted with orange juice. If you can stand the strong taste, you may also eat it directly.

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Garlic

Researchers often sing the praises of garlic as a healthful ingredient and super food. It's no surprise that millions of individuals use garlic to treat various ailments. Because of its natural antiviral and antiseptic properties, garlic makes for a great helper in the fight against the common flu. As an added benefit, the immune-boosting components of garlic help to strengthen the body's natural protection against infection. To reap the benefits of garlic, consume a few cloves of minced garlic per day. You can add it to soups, sauces, or other foods. It's a good idea to buy pre-minced garlic as an alternative to chopping it yourself.

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Steam

Steam is a relaxing yet effective treatment for different ailments. The heat from the steam helps to get rid of the toxins in your body, allowing it to heal you from the flu. To get the most out of steam, step into your shower and let the warm steam open the pores of the body as well as help mucus to become runnier. You may also pour boiled water into a large bowl. Then, place your face above the water, and put a large cloth over your head, making sure that the steam doesn't escape. You can breathe in the steam for immediate relief.

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Salt Water Sprays

One of the most popular ways to treat the unpleasant symptoms of the flu is by using salt water sprays. Salt water sprays work by thinning the mucus in the nose and mouth, helping you to feel rejuvenated. These sprays also make it easier to breathe as the nose becomes congested. One of the biggest advantages is that the spray removes virus particles and bacteria from the nose, ensuring a quicker recovery. You can purchase saline sprays at many pharmacies, and they are safe for use.

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Neti Pot

Neti pots are one of the most effective treatments for many flu symptoms. You can readily cure a stuffy nose by using a neti pot. What's even better is that neti pots can be purchased inexpensively at many pharmacies and health food stores. To use this innovative instrument, fill the pot with a saline solution. Then, tilt your head and pour the water into one of the nostrils, allowing it to clear the passages. It's important to use sterile water, preferably distilled. If your symptoms don't go away, consult your doctor.

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Cough Syrup

You may remember this pesky remedy from your childhood. Despite the uncomfortable memories, this is one of the most traditional and effective treatments for flu symptoms. Cough syrup works by calming the throat, reducing the intensity of your cough as well as soothing the throat. To learn which cough syrup is the best for your symptoms, consult your pharmacist or doctor. Before giving cough syrup to a child, it’s best to consult their pediatrician or family doctor.

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Soup

This remedy is one of the yummiest ways to treat the flu. To make your soup even more powerful in its fight against the flu, add cayenne pepper or garlic to the mixture. This will provide for an antioxidant-rich soup that will help fight off infections. Moreover, the warmth of the broth will help calm a sore throat. The spiciness is excellent for thinning the mucus, making your cough a bit more tolerable. Lastly, the immune system boost is great for increasing your body's white blood cell count. Any warm soup can be taken as a remedy for the flu.

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Fluids

When you have a cold or flu, you may not feel like drinking or eating anything. However, it’s important to drink fluids to help push the virus out of your body. Drinking plenty of water will also help you prevent dehydration. While water is always the ideal choice when it comes to hydration, you can also drink black or green tea, ginger ale, or a beverage that contains healthful electrolytes.

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Disclaimer

This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.