How I Cure My Flu in One Day Using Natural Remedies

Updated on January 6, 2018
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Januaris is a writer with a great passion for the health niche. He loves to write about home and natural remedies for health conditions.

The Prevalence of the Flu

Before I discovered a natural treatment process that cured my flu fast, I used to really suffer. I used to go through most of its symptoms, including sore throat and body aches, for more than a week.

In brief, the flu, or influenza, is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory system, especially the throat and nose. According to my own experience, the virus is worse than similar infections like the common cold and whooping cough.

The viral illness is quite infectious, and according to WHO, it affects millions of people every day worldwide. In the U.S., at least one billion cases of the virus are reported every year.

The Flu Victim
The Flu Victim | Source

Flu Symptoms

So, how do you know that you have the flu? Well, if you have the following symptoms, you are highly likely to have been infected with the disease.

  • Sore throat and/or cough
  • Body aches, including headaches
  • Fever (over 100˚F)
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

I used to go for antiviral medications or antibiotics when I was struck by the flu, but what I didn’t know is that this infection can't be cured easily with medication. So, how did I start curing my flu fast without medicine? Well, here are the home remedies that I use to heal my flu naturally within one day.

My Method for Treating the Flu Fast, in Brief

  1. Decongesting my nasal passages with a nasal spray or saline solution.
  2. Gargling my throat with a warm, saline solution.
  3. Using a mentholated cream under my nose.
  4. Using cold packs to treat the fever caused by the infection.
  5. Drinking hot liquids.
  6. Eating foods that fight the infection.
  7. Taking a warm shower.
  8. Staying warm and relaxed to heal from the illness.

1. Decongesting Nasal Passages

The flu causes swelling and congestion in the nasal ways, and I usually ease these symptoms by applying nasal sprays on my nostrils. Some good nasal sprays that I use include Neo-Synephrine and Afrin. Most of the time I make my own saline spray. I do this by mixing a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter teaspoon of table salt in a quarter liter of warm water.

When it comes to applying the saline solution, I use a suitable syringe to spray the nasal liquid two times in each of my nostrils. The nasal spray cleans nostrils off virus and bacteria particles.

A Nasal Spray
A Nasal Spray | Source

2. Gargling

To make this gargling solution, I dissolve a teaspoonful of salt in warm water. Sometimes, I use pepper, sage, vinegar, honey, or lemon in place of salt. When it comes to using it, I gargle a number of times throughout the day.

Gargling moistens the throat and relieves soreness. According to my own experience, it is better to gargle after decongesting to wash away any pathogens remaining in the throat area.

3. Mentholated Cream Under My Nose

First, mentholated creams are readily available, and personally, I get them from my nearest drugstore. Second, when it comes to using the cream, I just apply a small amount of it under my nose.

These creams clear out the breathing passages and prevent irritation inside the nostrils. Apart from mentholated creams, other creams that work best for me are those containing lemon.

4. Cold Packs for Fever

Like the mentholated cream, I get the cold packs from my nearest drugstore. When it comes to using them, I just place them on my forehead and around the sinuses. Sometimes, I use a damp cloth instead as it provides the same relieving effect as the cold packs. Cold packs reduce the body temperature and help fight fever which accompanies the infection.

A Cold Pack
A Cold Pack | Source

5. Drinking Hot Liquids

When I experience the first symptoms of the flu, I start drinking liquids to remain well hydrated throughout the healing period. I prefer them hot because they relieve my nasal passages from congestion.

I take at least 8 glasses of water as recommended by doctors, and I try to avoid liquids that cause dehydration such as alcoholic beverages. One drink that has been working best for me is herbal tea with honey.

6. Proper Nutrition

According to nutritionists and dietitians, some foods contain important elements and compounds that battle the flu. When I'm sick, I eat blueberries which work like aspirin to reduce fever and body aches. Other foods that help cure the flu fast include bananas, peppers, carrots, rice, mustard, and onions.

7. Warm Showers

A warm shower moisturizes the nasal passages and airways. It also helps thin out and loosen mucus, allowing you to blow it out with much ease. This opens the nostrils further.

I usually take the shower with the bathroom door closed to avoid cold air which can alleviate symptoms such as chills and fever.

8. Staying Warm and Relaxed

Since the immune system works better when the body is in a resting mode, I usually avoid the chores and get enough rest during the recovery day. It is advisable to wear heavy clothes to remain warm over the remaining hours of the day. When you go to bed, it is important to keep monitoring yourself and taking any necessary measures to ensure that you heal from the infection fully.

Bonus Tips to Heal From the Flu

  • Having a humidifier in your room to boost breathing.
  • Blowing your nose when it gets congested.
  • Sleeping at an angle that helps relieve your congested nasal ways.
  • Using a heavy, warm blanket to fight chills.
  • Avoiding flying as much as possible.

Conclusion

Using these natural remedies for the flu, you can really avoid the annoying symptoms of this infectious disease and heal in a very short time. If you usually fight the sickness for weeks, I advise you to adopt these natural home remedies and tips to shorten your recovery period.

Have you ever used any of these remedies to cure your flu?

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If yes, did they reduce your recovery period?

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