7 Natural ways to treat and cure viral respiratory issues (cold and flu)
Going through viral respiratory issues suck, because you have to deal with malaise, fever, stuffy nose, sore throat and sometimes a constant cough that seems to hang on forever. Doctors do not prescribe antibiotics to viral respiratory issues, unless they suspect its been caused by a bacterium. But,do not panic, as there are natural ways to treat and cure viral cold and flu.
The best natural ways that will treat and cure viral respiratory issues ( cold and flu), must pertain to their ability to kill viruses and control the undesirable symptoms aforementioned, from worsening. So, here are the 5 natural ways to treat and cure viral respiratory issues.
1) Peppermint tea or oil
Peppermint plant is a powerhouse is terms of healing, because its tea has been reported to be antiviral and antipyretic (reduces fever) abilities. But, not only that, the oil of peppermint has been proven to be anti-congestive, antispasmodic (meaning it helps relax the smooth muscles of respiratory tract), and expectorant.
How to consume it?
You can buy peppermint oil and follow the instructions or simply make a cup of peppermint tea for yourself, add some local honey and you will reap all the benefits this plant can offer.
2) Golden milk
One of golden milk’s special ingredient is Turmeric, which is well known to help with the flu because of its antiviral and anti - inflammatory properties. This spice has also been proven to have anti-cancer activities.
How to make it?
1 cup of non-dairy milk
½ inch fresh turmeric
½ inch ginger, 1 cinnamon stick
¼ tea spoon black ground pepper
1 tablespoon of manuka honey.
Mix all ingredients and bring to boil. Then reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy it luke warm. It lasts for 5 days if kept in the fridge!
3) Ginger, lemon and manuka honey tea
Ginger and lemon are other powerhouse ingredients that can treat and cure viral respiratory issues! This is because, while ginger has been reported to be a potent natural way for pain relief, and it’s anti inflammatory capabilities help treat asthma sufferers, Lemon has been reported to have antiviral, antibacterial, hepatoprotective and antioxidant activities.
Manuka honey in its own right is also a potent home remedy, because of its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities
How to make it?
1 inch fresh ginger root (no need to peel it)
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Grate ginger into a teapot. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the ginger and let it steep for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the lemon juice and the honey in a large mug. Strain the ginger tea into the mug!
4) Colloidal silver nasal spray
Another natural approach to treat and cure viral respiratory issues, is by using colloidal silver spray! Colloidal silver spray has been reported to be antiviral and antibacterial and to have many more healing activities. Just have a colloidal silver nasal spray in your medicine cupboard, and as soon as symptoms start appearing follow the instructions given by the manufacturer.
Using a nebulizer is a great way to loosen mucus that would otherwise stay in your upper respiratory system, and cause a more serious infection.
6) Nasal wash
That might be a bit of an unpleasant approach, but its less unpleasant than a blocked nose and not being able to breath.
You can buy prepared sachets and an appropriate bottle to dilute the mixture and wash your nose or you can make your own nasal wash mixture and wash away all the snots.
How to make it?
Saltwater Wash, as suggested by webmed
Add 1 cup (240 mL) distilled water to a clean container. If you use tap water, boil it first to sterilize it, and then let it cool until it is lukewarm.
Add 0.5 tsp (2.5 g) salt to the water.
Add 0.5 tsp (2.5 g) baking soda.
Use a medical syringe to wash your nose with this solution!
Click here to know how you wash small children’s nose, using the nasal wash method
7) garlic oil
Garlic is another fantastic ingredient that should be part of our daily diet, because it is a natural antibiotic with many amazing healing capabilities, such as: heart protection, aid in the recovery of stroke survivors, and even help with heavy metal detoxing.
How to make it?
My favorite garlic oil recipe includes:
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
Warm the oil slightly in a pan on the stove (not hot, just enough that it’s warm to the touch.)
Put the oil and garlic in the container together and put on the lid. For best results, let the oil and garlic infuse overnight for use the next day. If you needing a quick remedy, you can use some of the oil in 2-3 hours.
When ready to use, use your finger to rub the oil around the outside of the ear, throat or on the infected area, and this will greatly help to treat and cure viral respiratory issues.
If you wish to use any of these methods to treat your child instead of yourself, but are unsure. Then, consult a holistic doctor or a herbalist if you want more directions on how to use herbs to help children, for example. However, if you are an adult the treatments above will not only shorten viral respiratory issues, but will also help you go through viral infections without feeling it’s the end of the world!