Fighting off a cold or flu does not have to mean spending lots of money at the store. You probably already own everything you need to stay well! Many people think that all they need to get better is to go to the store, buy some medication and hooray! You’re healed! So much time is wasted trying to decide between all of the over the counter medicines that are available when you could start healing immediately by choosing one of the many natural remedies already sitting in your cabinets.
Water is essential. Everybody knows they need between six and eight glasses of water each day but you can use water as more than something to quench your thirst. If you suffer from headaches, increase your water intake-you’ll feel better faster than you would if you popped a couple of pills. Many headaches start because of dehydration. Instead of waiting a long time for the drugs to take effect, drinking a glass of water will help you feel better in just a few minutes. You can use water for more than keeping yourself properly hydrated. Hot baths, for example, are great for helping people break fevers (just remember to keep a cold compress on your head so you don’t get dangerously overheated). The heat will relax your muscles and help you to start sweating. Your body uses sweat to keep its temperature even and to bring down fevers when they happen.
Garlic is a great and healthy addition to your diet. The best way to make sure it has a chance to do its job; you want to take about 500 mgs of garlic three times a day while you’re sick. One clove of garlic has about 500mgs in it. The easiest way to get the garlic you need to get better is to either take a supplement or to cook a clove of garlic into your food three times a day. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to keep garlic on hand-it doesn’t cost a lot of money (natural garlic is cheaper than the supplemental tablets). A note about garlic: the 500mgs a day 3 times a day remedy should not go beyond five days. You should consult your doctor if you are still very sick after five days.
Steam is very helpful. Why spend a bunch of money on decongestants when long showers and baths are just as effective? You will have an easier time breathing when you use steam to help open up your sinus passages. The water used to produce the steam will be hot which will help your muscles relax and help you get the rest you need to heal. You can also get the helpful steam from large containers of steaming water-just lean over the opening of the container with a towel over your head. You place a towel over your head because the sides of the towel will help direct the steam toward your face instead of simply out into the air (it also helps the water retain its heat). Ridding your sinuses of discharge is made a lot easier by the breathing in of steam.
You can find quite a few natural health cures to help you get over your sickness. Instead of dropping a bunch of money on over the counter drugs, check out the remedies you already have on hand! Natural health remedies often work faster than chemicals. Why not give it a try-your body will thank you for it!