Coming down with a cold or a bout of flu is never fun. Symptoms such as body aches, nasal congestion, fever, chills, and fatigue can really get a person down and make you feel horrible. Fortunately, they usually do not last long. Moreover, there are many treatment options available to minimize the ailments and discomfort.
Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines, acetaminophen, decongestants, and NSAIDs are generally effective at treating colds and flus and can speed up the recovery process. For people who prefer more natural options, though, there are many home remedies that can offer the same or similar benefits – without the costs.
Keep reading for 13 tried and tested cold and flu home remedies…
When you have a cold, gargling with salt water can decrease the severity of symptoms like nasal congestion and a sore throat. Salt water gargling may even help to prevent upper respiratory infections.
It’s a quick and easy home remedy: Simply add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of water (standard size) and stir. Then, sip, gargle for a few seconds, and spit out. Repeat until the glass is empty.