Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Protect Yourself From Seasonal Maladies

Even after the prevention plan, if in any case you get infected with common maladies, here are the best kept remedies to treat and protect your health.

Soothe a sore throat

• To treat a sore throat, gargle. In 250ml glass of warm water mix in a teaspoon of salt and gargle. The salt will soothe the pain. You can also squeeze lemon juice in a glass of warm water and gargle to ward off cold as it creates an acidic environment hostile to bacteria and viruses.
• Sip chicken soup to combat a cold. It offers more than comfort for colds and flu as it stops certain white blood cells – neutrophils – from congregating and causing inflammation, which in turn triggers the body to produce copious amounts of mucus.
• Garlic also appears to stimulate the release of natural killer cells, part of the human immune system’s arsenal of germ-fighters. Chew garlic every morning to fight infection. Its active compounds are allicin and allin, shown in test-tube studies to kill germs outright.

Clear out congestion

• Grate and eat fresh root ginger or horseradish as much as half a tablespoon. To avoid the risk of a sore tummy, have it after meal.
• Drink a cup of ginger tea. Make it with a ginger tea bag or with ½ teaspoon of grated root ginger. Ginger helps to block the production of substances that cause bronchial congestion and stuffiness and it contains compounds called gingerols, which are natural cough suppressants.
• Soak your feet in a mustard footbath. Add 1 tablespoon of mustard powder per litre of hot water in a large bowl – a washing-up bowl is ideal. The mustard draws blood to your feet, which helps to relieve congestion.
• Apply mustard poultice. Grind 3 tablespoons of mustard seeds to a powder and add this to a cup of flour or fine oatmeal and stir in enough water to make a paste. Now smooth a layer of petroleum jelly over your chest to protect the skin, then slap on this paste. The pungent aroma helps to unblock stuffy sinuses, and the heat improves blood circulation and eases congestion. Don’t leave the poultice on for more than 15 minutes, as it may burn your skin.

Bring on the flu fighters

At the first sign of flu, take 20 to 30 drops of elderberry tincture three or four times a day for three days. Elderberry has been used for centuries to fight viruses. In addition, naturopaths also recommend Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy to reduce the severity of flu symptoms. It is sold online and in some pharmacies and health-food shops. Be sure to use it within 12 to 48 hours of the first appearance of your symptoms. It comes in vials: take one vial every 6 hours. Moreover, you can try N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a form of the amino acid cysteine that helps to thin and loosen mucus and reduce flu symptoms. Take one 600 mg dose three times daily.

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