Winter have extended way too long here in Connecticut, and keep us indoor even longer. Many also have gotten the worst cold and or flu. Here I have old never failed home remedies to help beat up the nasty cold.
1. Chicken soup..Never fails!
GRANDMA’S SOUP IT HAS BEEN ALWAYS AROUND WHEN WE GET SICK. WHY IT MAY WORK? FOR STARTERS, HOT CHICKEN SOUP RAISES THE TEMPERATURE IN YOUR NOSE AND THROAT, CREATING AN INHOSPITABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR VIRUSES THAT PREFER COOLER, DRIER CLIMES. NEXT, JUST LIKE A HOT, STEAMY SHOWER, HOT, STEAMY SOUP THINS OUT MUCUS SO YOU CAN MORE EASILY BLOW IT OUT. THE SOUP INHIBITS WHITE BLOOD CELLS CALLED NEUTROPHILS THAT ARE RELEASED IN HUGE NUMBERS WHEN YOU HAVE A COLD. IT’S THE CONGREGATION OF THESE WHITE CELLS THAT CAUSES A COLD’S HALLMARK CONGESTION. I LOVE TO ADD IT A KICK WITH SOME CAYENNE, TO ACCELERATE THE HEALING PROCESS. I FIND MYSELF CHICKEN SOUP TO BE THE MOST AMAZING HOME REMEDY, ESPECIALLY IF IS MADE WITH TONES OF LOVE. Are you a Vegetarian? Well don’t have to miss out. vegetable soup is just as effective for slowing neutrophil activity as soups.
2. Plenty Liquids
Cold and flu bugs thrive in dried-out throats and nasal passages, but drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can help keep your mucous membranes moist so they’re better able to trap viruses. Then you can either blow them out your nose or swallow them so they’re destroyed by your stomach acids before they have a chance to make you sick. Not only can this help prevent colds, but it’s just as useful if you’re already sick.
If you have a sore throat, sip your water hot with a bit of honey (to coat your throat) and lemon (to shrink swollen throat tissues and help kill off virus cells), or add honey and lemon to tea, and again, if you dont mind the spices, cayenne works for me.
Liquids: Go for At least eight glasses of water or other fluids each day, and more if you have a fever. Avoid caffeine. Skip sugary juices, choose only unsweetened without added sugar. Get your VitC by eating whole fruits, as oranges and PINEAPPLES.
Garlic contain allicin, a potent antimicrobial that can fend off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Amazing! I wont ask you to chew a clove every 3 to 4 hours, but it reallt works,son instead You can cut the clove into pieces and swallow them like pills. Or simply add them to your chicken soup, along with some onions. But chop garlic first and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes before adding it to the soup. This will allow its therapeutic compounds to form.
Crazy Hint: one way to get children to consume garlic if they won’t eat it raw or in the soup, is to crush two cloves in a garlic press and put one in each of their socks. As they run around, the garlic will be absorbed through their skin. Trust me…try it!
And Finally…Left this for the finale!
4. Spices and spicy condiments
Go Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), cinnamon, coriander, and yummy ginger,this will promote sweating and are often used to help break a fever. You may also be able to unclog your stuffy nose by generously spicing up some dishes with cayenne (I said this before!), horseradish, or (for lovers of sushi) wasabi. Each of these condiments can shrink the blood vessels in your nose and throat to temporarily relieve congestion
Kick the fever: Try this ayurvedic fever reduce works wonders. In a cup (250 mL) of hot water, mix 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) each of powdered coriander and cinnamon with 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) of powdered ginger. Let it steep for 10 minutes, then IN through your mouth, cheers! Feel better!
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