There are many home remedies for the cold and flu that can help you cure flu fast. Flu recovery time varies from person to person but in most cases, people start feeling better in a week. Let us study some ways to cure cold and flu fast overnight.
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We have already covered some flu preventive tips and remedies which include taking the seasonal flu shot. This will reduce the duration of the virus and can also help you get rid of flu overnight. If you have not taken the shot this year, take anti viral medicine such as Tamiflu®. It will help you get rid of flu in 24 hours, in most cases. Talk to your doctor for a prescription.
2. Apple cider vinegar
If you wish to get rid of flu without medicine, drink apple cider vinegar. Use only the raw, organic variety. Drink it three to four times a day when suffering from flu. You can mix it up with warm water and honey or some orange juice to make the taste palatable. The anti-inflammatory properties of vinegar can help fight pain and inflammation and reduce duration of the cold and cough.
3. Hydrogen peroxide nasal spray
Many people are unable to sleep when they have the flu. This is due to the post-nasal drip that leads to a painful cough. Fill up an empty nasal spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and aim it at the back of the throat. The extra boost of oxygen from this remedy kills the germs and reduces the duration of the fever.
4. Take rest
Plenty of sleep and rest is the best remedy to reduce flu recovery time. Sleep as much as you can. It is best not to go to work or school as you could transmit the disease.
5. Drink plenty of fluids
Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking large amounts of fluids. Water is best but you can also drink hot herbal teas. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these dehydrate the body and can increase the recovery time. Drink plenty of lemon juice which is rich in Vitamin C that helps shorten the duration of fever, cough and cold.
6. Anti-inflammatory herbs
Herbal remedies are quite powerful and can cure a cold fast overnight. Take ginger pills and grated ginger root in the form of a tea. You can also take turmeric pills and turmeric powder with warm milk to prevent coughs from worsening. Add garlic to hot broth and soups as it is a natural antibiotic. Also take Cayenne pepper which is anti-inflammatory and reduces duration of coughs and colds.
7. Essential oils and Aromatherapy
Essential oils are very beneficial for a variety of flu symptoms and can help shorten the duration of colds:
- Peppermint oil- Massage a mixture of castor oil and peppermint oil on swollen lymph nodes and also inhale it using a steamer. You can also diffuse the oil in your bedroom.
- Eucalyptus oil– Apply this oil diluted to the temples and nostrils. Also inhale the steam by adding few drops of the oil to boiling water. You can also diffuse the oil in your bedroom.
8. Coconut oil
This superfood is anti-viral so you can fight the flu quickly with it. Take organic, extra virgin coconut oil orally. Also do oil puling by swishing it vigorously around the oral cavity. Use the oil for massaging the body to stop pain and inflammation.
9. Epsom salts
Add a cup of Epsom salts to a tub of bath water. Soak in the bath water for half an hour. This remedy will provide you with electrolytes through the skin to stop pain and also help you sleep better.
10. Get some sun
Nothing like some Vitamin D from sunshine to prevent body ache that accompanies the flu. Get plenty of sunshine and also take Vitamin D3 supplements if needed.
Use these 10 easy ways to feel better and get rid of flu and fever in 24 hours.