The flu is going around and nobody wants to be stuck at home with the chills, congested, nauseous, or weak. The best way to avoid getting the flu is to stay ahead of the game. We mean that it is important to take preventative measures, for example, eating more fruits and vegetables with immune boosting properties and natural vitamin C.
Not everybody can avoid the flu, however, and that is when natural healing can come to the rescue. The body can actually recover more quickly when you use ingredients that it can easily process. Rather than loading up on chemically rich flu medications, try overcoming the flu with the following natural remedies.
Containing antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, garlic is an immune-boosting superstar. It is very easy to add garlic to your diet, and you should do just that to help reduce cold or flu symptoms. Garlic’s properties are most potent when you consume it raw. Rather than chewing on a raw garlic clove, blend it with other fruits and vegetables to make a healing smoothie.
Up Your Vitamin C Intake
An adult can safely consume up to 2,000 mg of vitamin C every day. You may not need this much, but it is beneficial to eat fruits and vegetables that contain tons of vitamin C. Interestingly enough, there are produce items that contain more vitamin C than oranges. Speaking of oranges, don’t consume orange juice (unless it is freshly squeezed) when you are sick. The excess sugar does not accelerate the healing process. You should consume kale, grapefruit, kiwis, cauliflower, chili peppers, broccoli, guavas, and peas.
Oregano oil contains cleansing elements, which can speed up the healing process. Note that you shouldn’t consume more than four drops of oregano oil at once. If you don’t want to ingest the oil, you can apply it to the bottoms of your feet with a little coconut oil. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the bottoms of the feet are directly linked to the major organs. Massaging it into the feet may help these organs absorb the healing properties, while detoxing waste in the process.
Whether you have a sore throat or need some help soothing your stomach, ginger should be a go-to remedy. Ginger has been used to help get rid of nausea, which commonly comes with the flu, for years. Try to get fresh ginger root as opposed to using ginger powder.
Detox Bath Recipe
If you have the flu, you may find this bath to help you overcome your symptoms. It works to draw out toxins and supply your body with a variety of nutrients in the process.
- 5 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
- ½ cup sea salt
- Fill you bathtub with water as hot as you can comfortably handle. Pour all of the ingredients in the water and stir to dissolve.
- Soak in this bath for about 40 minutes. Make sure to drink water during your bath because you will be sweating a lot.
- Once you get out of the bath, dry off, get dressed, and wrap yourself in a warm blanket. It’s important to keep sweating out the flu.
- Don’t do this more than once a day.