Common Flu Home Remedies
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.