Some things to make you feel better — We’ve had the flu hanging around our house for a couple weeks. Yucky stuff. I like to use natural remedies to make people feel better whenever I can. I know there’s no substitute for real medicines when those are needed, but natural remedies are great ways to feel better and know that they’re healthy and that they aren’t going to put more drugs in your body. These remedies are particularly great for people with sore throats. Heck, even healthy people might enjoy these.
You can also take a look at this past post on natural cures for all kinds of ailments.
So, these are my four favorite ways to feel a bit better when the flu might have a hold of you or someone you love. Three of these remedies start with a good mug. Mine holds about 10-12 ounces of liquid.
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- half of a lemon
- 1 teaspoon mild honey
- dash cayenne
- Squeeze half a lemon into a mug. Add about 1 teaspoon of a mild flavored honey (can be more or less according to your tastes). Add a dash of cayenne pepper. Fill the remainder of the mug with filtered water, and microwave 1 minute until hot. Sip on this hot drink to open sinuses and make your throat feel better.
Makes one serving
I like white miso for its sweet flavor, but any miso will work. Also, if you don’t have green onions, tofu, or seaweed, you can still make the miso soup, it just won’t have the same flavor. But, it will still make your throat feel much better.
Simmer 1/2 teaspoon chopped green onion, 1/2 teaspoon wakame or seaweed, and several small pieces of tofu in 1 cup of water or vegetable broth. Dissolve 2 teaspoons miso in a small amount of water in a separate dish. Remove the broth from the heat, and add the miso to the broth. Do not boil miso. Sip the miso soup from a mug or a cup.
Gargle with warm salt water
Fill a mug with water and add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat in the microwave about 50 seconds. Gargle. Personally, I like to do this in a hot shower to get both the benefits of the gargling and the hot shower. And, I find gargling to be intrinsically messy, so gargling in the shower means I don’t have to clean up.
And the final thing I’d like to remind you of: ice cream heals all kinds of ailments and just makes you feel tons better! Well, it really does feel good on a sore throat.
Stay healthy and if you do get the flu, I hope you feel better soon!