The term flu is used to refer a common viral infection, influenza, which affects the nose, throat, lungs, including the complete upper respiratory system. The common symptoms are high temperature, headache, chills and sweats, runny nose, and a complete loss of appetite. Some people have symptoms like backaches, fatigue, and feeling of being washed out, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting in young children. There is no cause for worry as there are simple home remedies for flu which can lessen the symptoms of flu and help in early recovery.
Use elderberry syrup
Elderberry in any form for example, as juice, tea or syrup is a potent home remedy that can help to knock out the symptoms of flu. Elderberry juice can be mixed with lemon juice and honey, or it can be brewed as a tea and taken to purify the lungs and skin. It also can generate perspiration to reduce fever. It has calming properties and acts as a detoxifier to reduce congestion caused in respiratory organs.
Homemade chicken soup
Homemade chicken soup takes care of the symptoms of flu, and it is also one of the age old home remedies for flu. Rest is also the most simple and effective home remedy because it helps the body to relax and the immune system to ward off the virus. The intake of fruits which are rich in vitamin C like oranges, mango, papaya, guava, etc. helps to boost the immune system and provides relief from the symptoms of flu.
Chew few cloves of ginger root
A dry cough which is a symptom of flu tires the body and prevents the patients from getting enough sleep. Therefore, to prevent a cough it is better to chew few cloves of ginger root or take a mixture of the age -old home remedy that is a mixture of ginger and honey. To prevent a cough, honey can also be mixed with a cup of hot water and taken. Garlic, the kitchen queen, when taken initially, lessens the severity of the symptoms of flu.
Take some water
Flu is always accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, etc., so the body suffers from dehydration. So the herbal remedy to counter dehydration is to have a good intake of liquids. The patients should have plenty of water, fruit juices, warm soups, herbal teas, electrolytic beverages, etc. to keep the body well hydrated. An important thing that the patient should avoid is caffeinated drinks and also alcohol. Keeping indoors humidified is another effective home remedy because the moist air helps to prevent the spread of flu and also relieve nasal congestion.