Treating The Cold And Flu With Natural Remedies

Treating The Cold And Flu With Natural Remedies

Everyone has experienced it – a nasty case of the flu or even a cold that makes it hard to get things done. There’s no medication that can cure either of these problems because they’re caused by viruses. But there are many natural remedies that can help to shorten your illness give you relief from symptoms.

Neti Pot. One of the best ways you can clear congestion and keep your sinuses open is to clean your system with a neti pot. This is a small pot that you fill with warm saltwater. You’ll tilt your head to the side, insert the neti pot spout into your nostril, and then pour the water.

You’ll find that the water fills your sinuses and then runs out of the other nostril. After you’ve cleaned one side, you can then clean the other. Your nose will be much easier to blow and you can get some of the congestion out. You can do this any time to ease allergy and sinus problems.

Oil of Oregano. Oil of oregano is a good supplement to use for a short time while you’re recovering from the flu or a cold. It can relieve aches and pains as well as inflammation. You’ll want to take this as soon as you notice that you’re experiencing symptoms.

Oil of oregano comes in capsules that are easy to take. You’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper dosage. It’s not recommended that you take this long-term. It’s best used during an actual case of cold or flu.

Zinc. Zinc is a very good remedy if you have a cold or the flu. This can help to shorten the length of your illness. Unfortunately, many of the commercial zinc lozenges you find at the supermarket are full of additives as well.

Your best bet is to look for a high quality lozenge made from natural ingredients. Also look for the highest possible percentage of zinc. Follow the directions to make sure you don’t take too much. You’ll find this can shorten the length of your illness by as much as half.

Essential Oils. Eucalyptus as well as rosemary and peppermint essential oils can help you to get relief from congestion. Heat a small mug of water and add two drops of one these oils. Then place your nose over the mug and inhale.

These particular herbs can help you to breathe better. But you shouldn’t take them directly by mouth or use much in your steam preparation. You’ll love being able to breathe a bit better.

Elderberry. Elderberry has been shown by research to help relieve cold and flu symptoms effectively. You can purchase the extract and take it as directed. This will improve your symptoms and also shorten the infection.


How To Increase Your Energy Naturally

How To Increase Your Energy Naturally

Different ways that we can quickly boost our energy levels and be supermen (and women) scream at us from every nook and cranny – pharmacies, supermarkets, media and any other method that might catch our attention.

The energy market is huge – so many companies are capitalizing on the trend. Simply pop a pill or drink a drink and work or dance into the night. The problem is, that from these artificial highs, we have to eventually come down – and sometimes, it’s not a pretty sight.

These vitamins, herbs and supplements in the form of pills or drinks come in pretty packages with lightning bolts and photos of six-pack abs and arm muscles on the labels to indicate how powerful you’ll be when you try this product.

Products that promise quick energy boosts may increase your energy levels temporarily, but there are choices that you can make in your daily lifestyle that can provide enhancement to your everyday energy levels on a permanent basis.

The following are a few ways to naturally boost your energy:

Give up foods with chemicals and those that are processed or artificial.

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

Cleanse your digestive system, including the colon. A slow-moving colon can cause health problems and fatigue.

Reduce stress in your life by paring down your lifestyle to a manageable level.

Eat several small meals per day.

Streamline your life. Get rid of clutter and other things in your life that do nothing for you.

Get enough sleep – but not too much. Too much sleep leaves you feeling lethargic.

Drink juice – especially carrot and apple juice for energy.

Check your thyroid level. A low thyroid reading could cause fatigue and depression.

Exercise. If you can’t exercise, practice deep breathing routines to get your blood flowing and your brain more active.

 Surround yourself with motivating and happy people.

If a long commute to work is making you tired, talk to your boss about working from home.

We all tend to suffer from energy slumps at some time or other, but if you follow the simple tips above you’ll soon feel more energetic during the times you need it most. Remember to keep your body hydrated, especially during exercise and stressful times.

The first symptom of dehydration is fatigue. Your body just isn’t getting what it needs to function properly when you don’t get enough water. You can also limit your intake of caffeine and substitute herbal teas and drinks instead. There are a wide variety of flavorful and healthy herbal teas that can give you the lift you need without the down feeling you get from caffeinated drinks.