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Home Remedies for Common Illnesses
Here are some home remedies for common illnesses that you can try the next time you’re feeling under the weather:
1. For a cold or flu: make a ginger, honey and lemon infusion
Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for colds and flu. It’s thought to work by helping to break down congestion and soothe a sore throat. Honey is a natural cough suppressant, while lemon can help to boost your immune system.
To make this infusion, combine a teaspoon of grated ginger, a tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon in a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes, then drink it slowly.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to soothe a sore throat is to gargle with salt water. The salt helps to reduce inflammation and irritation.
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds to a minute. Do this several times a day, as needed.
3. For a stuffy nose: try a steam inhalation
If you have a cold or flu and your nose is feeling congested, try a steam inhalation. The steam can help to break down the mucus and make it easier to breathe.
Pour boiling water into a bowl, then lean over it, draping a towel over your head to trap the steam. breathed in the steam for a few minutes.
Chamomile tea is thought to be a natural remedy for an upset stomach. Chamomile is a member of the daisy family and has been used medicinally for centuries. It’s thought to work by relaxing the smooth muscle in the gut, which can help to reduce cramping and discomfort.
To make chamomile tea, steep a teaspoon of dried chamomile in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Once it’s cool enough to drink, add honey to taste. Drink a cup of this tea several times a day until your symptoms start to improve.
If you have a headache, try applying a cold compress to your forehead for relief. The cold can help to constrict the blood vessels and reduce inflammation.
Soak a clean cloth in cold water, then wring it out and apply it to your forehead. Leave it in place for 10 minutes, then Repeat as needed.
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for common illnesses that you can try the next time you’re feeling
under the weather. Of course, if your symptoms are severe or don’t
improve after a few days, it’s always best to see a doctor.