Natural flu remedies to get your family through the season

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Natural Flu Remedies
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When you get sick with the flu, all you can think about is how to get rid of it. However, running out into the cold to purchase medication is a daunting task when you’re feeling under the weather. Fortunately, you can find many of these natural flu remedies right in your cupboard.

Tea With Honey

This simple concoction of common household items is a tasty natural flu remedy. Soothe your sore throat and suppress coughing by adding around 2 teaspoons of honey to warm black tea (known for treating a sore throat and chills). To make sure you preserve its natural healing properties, use raw, unfiltered honey.

Ginger

Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help aid congestion, nausea, and fevers. It can be prepared fresh, dried, powdered, juiced, or as an oil.

Garlic

By eating at least 1 clove of garlic per meal, you can reap all its natural healing benefits. Studies have shown that eating garlic can prevent and shorten the duration of the flu. The best ways to consume garlic are to crush it, slice it, or take it in an oil or supplement form. You should avoid heating it as this can eliminate its natural healing properties.

Elderberry

You can find elderberry at many health food stores in the form of juice, syrup or capsules. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it can help speed the recovery times of colds, the flu, and sinus infections. Studies have shown that it can shorten the duration of a flu by an average of 4 days.

Epsom Salt Detox Bath

Taking an Epsom salt detox bath can help increase your white blood cell count, increase circulation, ease muscle aches, and help your body recover from illnesses, according to epsomsaltcouncil.org. Epsom salt is an inexpensive, naturally-occurring mineral you can find at most supermarkets or pharmacies. For optimal results, add at least 4 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes.

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