Six homemade remedies to ease the flu

Kenya has experienced a long season of drought but the rainy season is finally here. While the rains are a blessing they, however, can sometimes cause distress. During this season, it is so easy to catch a cold.

Here are natural homemade remedies to alleviate the cough and sore throat that are synonymous during this season.

Ginger tea

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Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that help ease a dry cough or sore throat

Salt-water gargle

This may aid in treating a sore throat and wet cough. Scoop a half teaspoon of salt and stir it in a cup of warm water till it dissolves. Let the saline solution cool before using it to gargle.

When gargling, let the solution stay at the back of your mouth for a few minutes before spiting it out.

Use the saline solution several times every day until you get better.

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Honey tea

Mix a spoonful of honey with warm water or herbal tea. Drink it once or two times a day. However, do not give honey to children under the age of 1 year.

Breathe in steam

If a dry throat is what is making you cough, moisture may help. Cover your head in a basin or bucket with hot water. Alternatively, you could breathe in steam from a hot shower.

Fluids

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Drink plenty of luke-warm water to reduce coughs, runny nose, and sneezing

Rest

Your body needs enough rest and energy to fight the virus.

You can also prevent the possibility of catching a cold by frequently washing your hands, staying hydrated and keeping a safe distance from people that have a flu.

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