Common Flu Home Remedies

There are many home remedies which can provide fast flu relief. Most of these home remedies have been used to treat flu symptoms for generations. Flu symptoms are usually associated with widespread body aches, a fever over 102 degrees, blocked nose, heaviness , cold or running nose. Try these simple remedies at home:

Steam: Fill a small tub with steaming water, and add two teaspoons chopped fresh ginger . Drape a towel over your head and lean over the steam to get maximum benefit. Or you can add one teaspoon of Vicks VapoRub® to the steaming water, then breathe in the steam for several minutes until you get relief. You can also add a few drops of oil of eucalyptus or menthol to the water. Steaming ease congestion, and make breathing easier.

Take a Warm Shower: Getting in a warm shower works as your own personal sauna. The steamy bathroom helps to open your airways and moisten and thin the mucus in your sinuses.

Increase Fluid Intake: Stay well-hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day. You can also take fruit juices.

Use Heat Compress: If your head is throbbing and it's difficult to breathe through your nose, you may find relief by applying warm moist compresses to the cheeks and sinuses.

Nasal Saline Drops: For stuffy nose, make your own nasal drops. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. And put the drops in your nose.

Hot Chicken Soup: If it's hard to swallow , sip some hot chicken soup. Hot chicken soup loaded with pepper, garlic, hot curry powder, or other pungent spice helps to thin mucus in the mouth, throat, and lungs.