The cold and flu aren’t just unpleasant, they’re also potentially dangerous. This is particularly true for pregnant women, people taking immunosuppressive agents and patients with serious medical conditions (1).
The easiest way to cure the condition is to boost your immune system to allow your body to fight infection naturally.
By eating the right foods, you can actually ease aches, fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, chills, and fatigue.
Natural Cold And Flu Remedy
This simple remedy doesn’t taste that great, but if you give it a try, you’ll find out how quickly it really works. In as little as a day, you’ll feel like yourself again!
To make it even more effective (and easier to swallow), add a whole lemon, grapefruit, and orange as your onion simmers. You can even add a few sprigs of rosemary if you wish.
If you’re in a rush, here’s the bare-bones recipe:
- 1 red onion
- juice of an organic lemon
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 cups of water
- Bring the water to a boil, cut the onion into small pieces and add to the mix.
- Simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat, and let it sit for another 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and add honey.
- Stir well and add lemon juice just before serving.
- Drink three times a day until you’re healed.
The cold is a viral infection, meaning that antibiotics are not effective in treating it (1). Luckily, honey has antiviral properties that can boost your body’s ability to fight it on its own (2,3). It also coats your throat to ease coughing and soothe sore mucous tissue (4).
Lemon is full of vitamin C, which boosts immune response. Plus, it helps clean your liver and kidneys to detoxify your body and promote healing (5). Lemon may even improve symptoms to give you some well-needed rest (6).
Lastly, onions have anti-inflammatory benefits to ease a sore throat, reduce swelling in the sinuses, and improve lung capacity (7). Red onion also acts as an expectorant, meaning to stimulate the expulsion of phlegm and mucous to get pathogens out of your system (8).
To speed up your recovery, drink plenty of fluids, eat citrus foods, keep your body temperature up, and get plenty of rest. You can also try to pour a few drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear and irrigate your sinuses with a saline solution.