Although there are no “cures” for the flu, there are some natural remedies against influence that seem to “short-circuit” the virus and minimize or even eliminate its symptoms.
For the most part, they all work if they are used immediately when the flu appears, that is, in the first hours as soon as we feel that we may be about to fall ill.
Hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide)
There is evidence that the flu virus actually enters the body through the ear canals. Many naturists recommend putting a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear, allowing a few hours between each application, as soon as symptoms appear.
This eliminates the virus before it has time to multiply and spread throughout the body.
Colloidal silver is a natural potent and antiviral antibiotic. It seems to deactivate the enzyme that harmful bacteria and viruses need to survive in the human body, eliminating them relatively quickly, especially when used as soon as symptoms appear.
Elderberry is a potent antioxidant and has been used to fight diseases for centuries. Recent studies indicate that it has potent antiviral properties and that it strengthens the immune system. Some people use elderberry extract to significantly shorten the duration of the flu.
Sounding often and in the right way
When you have a cold, it is important to blow often instead of slurping inward. But if we sound too strongly, the pressure can produce an earache. The best way to blow your nose is to press to finger on one nostril and blow gently to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing.
Go to bed
Resting when you fall ill with a cold or flu helps the body direct energy to where the immune system fights.
The loss of sleep affects our immune system
Gargles can moisten an irritated throat and provide temporary relief.
Try to teaspoon of salt dissolved in hot water, four times a day. To reduce tingling in the throat, try gargling with an astringent (such as tea, which contains tannins) to tighten the membranes.
Or prepare to thick, slimy gargle made with honey. Let macerate tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water; Mix with a spoonful of honey.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before gargling. Honey should not be given to children under one year of age.
Drinking hot liquids
Hot fluids relief nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe annoying swelling of the membranes that line the nose and throat.
Take a steam shower
The steam showers humidify the nasal passages and are relaxing. In case of being dizzy with the flu, we can start the steam shower while we sit in a chair next to it and bathe with a sponge.
Use a nose balm
A small application of menthol balm under the nose can clear the airways and help soothe the irritation of the skin at the base of the nose. Both menthol, eucalyptus and camphor have ingredients that help soothe pain.
Apply heat or cold bags on congested breasts
Either of the two temperatures can help us feel better. We can buy reusable heat and cold bags in stores or make them ourselves. Heat a damp cloth for 55 seconds in the microwave (test the temperature beforehand to see what is suitable for us); or use a bag of frozen peas as a cold bag.
Sleep with an extra pillow under the head
This will help with the drainage of the nasal passages. If the angle is too annoying, try putting the pillows between the mattress and the mattress to create a more gradual slope.
It is important to remember that some serious diseases can be confused with the symptoms of a cold or flu, and that any infection can occur in something more serious, so if we notice severe symptoms or worsen as the days go by, we should go to the doctor.