Cold & Flu Home Remedies

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Home remedies for helping a cold and flu include chicken soup, teas made with ginger, cayenne, chamomile or common yarrow, a long shower, and getting extra sleep. Consider adding lemon or honey to tea to help with the symptoms of a cold or flu with advice from a practicing herbalist in this free video on alternative medicine.

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Hi, I'm Trina Sims of Green Star Herbs, and today, I'm going to talk about some simple home remedies for cold and flu. Mom was right: Chicken soup is great for a cold or flu. We have a range of nutrition and classically, we add onions and garlic to chicken soup, both of which are really, really helpful. You can make a tea of a number of herbs. Among my favorite teas for cold and flu are a combination of ginger with cayenne, chamomile, calendula, elderflower, the very common yarrow. Yarrow grows worldwide and is quite effective against cold and flu. If you live in a hot, dry climate, you may very well know cenizo. You can also make a good cold and flu tea of cenizo. Thyme is really effective and makes a very pleasant tea to drink. And an interesting herb to add to any of the others is eupatorium or boneset. This is often confused as an herb that is good for bones because of that name. It's actually got its name from the Great Bone Fever, which it was a form of flu that hit this country in the 1800s. It really helps with the deep aches and pains that can come along with the flu. Lemon and honey can be added to any of these teas, and adds a little extra comfort and a little extra help with the...with the problem itself. Another thing to do is get yourself a good, long, hot bath or shower. Be careful about getting dizzy as you get out. Wrap up in a cotton...old cotton t-shirt or a cotton nightgown and a cotton sheet around the back. Go to bed. Stay extra warm. We don't want to fight a fever. A fever actually helps kill off the cold and flu problems. I hope this information has been helpful to you. Thank you.

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