Nothing can magically cure a cold or the flu, so a trip to the doctors won’t always do you any good. Fortunately, there are several cold and flu remedies you can keep in your apartment to help provide relief from the undesirable symptoms that come along with being sick.
Ginger is a powerful root for fighting colds and the flu. Boiling a chunk of ginger root in hot water will help soothe your sore throat and suppress your cough, and it can also help alleviate nausea. Because ginger can be a bit spicy, you can add honey to sweeten your mug of ginger root and hot water.
A humidifier will add moisture to your home which can ease coughing and congestion. Make sure you change the water daily and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the machine.
3. Tissues with aloe or moisturizer
There’s nothing worse than having a raw nose from blowing it so many times with low quality tissue. Do yourself a favor and splurge on the tissues with aloe or moisturizer in them to help prevent a dry and cracked nose.
When even the softest tissues can’t save your nose from becoming dry and chapped, Vaseline can provide much needed moisture and relief. Add a dab to the dry areas around your nose to hydrate it, and provide a protective barrier against dry air and tissues. Vaseline can also be applied to chapped lips.
Honey has antibacterial properties to help soothe sore throats. Research has also suggested that honey can help alleviate coughing. Add honey and lemon to a cup of warm or hot water for a comforting, cold-fighting drink.
6. Chicken soup
Chicken soup is the ultimate cold and flu comfort food. When you’re sick and don’t feel like eating, chicken soup can deliver protein, carbs and vegetables in a way that’s easy to eat and digest. You can either make this from scratch or purchase a can or carton from the store. Opt for a low sodium version to help keep your salt intake down.
7. An extra pillow
When you’re faced with nasal congestion, adding an extra pillow when you’re sleeping will elevate your head and help promote sinus drainage to open up your nasal passages.
8. Over-the-counter medications
Last, but not least, there’s a wide variety of drug store medications you can turn to for every cold and flu symptom under the sun. Day and night options are available to relieve symptoms and also help you get a better night’s sleep to fight your cold or flu virus.
From home remedies to medications there are many options you can try to relieve your cold and flu symptoms. Keep these remedies on hand in your apartment so you’re ready the next time you get sick. And remember, during flu season it’s extra important to keep your apartment as clean as possible so that germs don’t linger around.