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5 Natural Home Remedies to Treat the Flu

Winter is literally around the corner and although we seriously love that we can take out our coats and boots, there's a downside to having to be out and about in cold, wet, weather - flu.

We've all been here before and with so many remedies around, we end up going a little overboard with over the counter meds, however, that isn't necessary. Here are some natural products you can use to curb the flu.

Symptoms include: Body ache, fever, sore/dry throat, hayfever and headaches.

5 things you can try at home:

  •  Raw garlic - known for its natural ability to heal the body, crushed garlic with a bit of water (and honey) for taste will ease symptoms.
  • Lemon juice & ginger - soothe your sore throat by squeezing lemon and adding ginger to warm or cold water.
  • Apple cider vinegar - definitely a little tougher to swallow but also works well for a sore and dry throat.
  • Chamomile - many people don't know that besides having a calming effect, chamomile has anti-oxidants that help relieve the pain and fever. Buy a box of tea and add honey and lemon for taste.
  • Face steam - this remedy is one of the oldest and really opens up the airways. Use boiling water in a small bucket or basin -  thyme, rosemary and a little menthol to the water. Cover your head and face with a towel and inhale the steam for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Chicken soup is the age-old remedy for flu and can be made with home ingredients such as onions and peppers.

We highly advise that you also consult a doctor if symptoms persist as this may be an indication of infection.

Have more home remedies? which ones do you often use?

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