During the autumn and winter season we are way more likely to struggle with all kinds of respiratory infections. Persistent cough, runny nose, temperature or overall fatigue are just some of the ailments we face that time of year.
Sadly, we can get infected literally everywhere, which makes it a good idea to systematically boost our immunity. But what if it’s already too late and we’re struggling with seasonal Cold?
What for cough?
We need to keep in mind that mucus buildup in lungs makes a great environment for bacterias to thrive, which is why we need to act as fast as possible in order to get rid of the cough. In most cases, cough starts during the first days of infection and manifests itself through dry coughing that gets more serious at night.
Then after three days it takes dry form, which contributes to coughing up the mucus accumulating in bronchi. In most cases it lasts up to 10 days. How to deal with it?
- beet syrup – it helps and makes it easier to cough up by detaching the mucus accumulated in the respiratory tract. Just grate two medium-sized beets on the coarse side of the grater, then mix it with four tablespoons of honey and three garlic cloves. We leave the mixture to sit for twenty-four hours and drain it off.
- onion syrup – it cleans the airways and helps during Cold or flu. Just chop three onions finely, add five tablespoons of honey, leave it to sit for twenty-four hours and drain it off. Take one tablespoon three to four times a day.
Garlic is one of the strongest natural antibiotics. The medical properties of garlic mostly come from its active ingredient allicin.
To help your immune system, you can chop 2-3 garlic cloves. After 15 minutes, mix it with a tablespoon of natural honey. Eat it daily. If you catch a Cold or flu, make a syrup. You will need 5 chopped garlic heads, lemon juice squeezed out of 1 lemon, 2 chopped chili peppers, a tablespoon of grated ginger and apple vinegar.
Place the ingredients in layers in a sterilized 0.5 l. jar, first garlic, then chili and ginger. Soak it all in lemon juice and apple vinegar. Close the lid and leave it in a dark place. After a few days, the mixture will be ready. Drink 1 tablespoon a day to boost your immunity or 2-3 tablespoons when suffering from an infection until the symptoms go away.
Perfect inhalations for runny nose
An often unappreciated way to battle upper airway infections are inhalations. Meanwhile, they are very easy to prepare. Depending on the ailment, it is recommended to inhale the steam from the following dried herbs: sage, thyme, chamomile or lime.
Their action can also be enhanced by adding iodine and bromine salts or essential oils. The array of benefits of inhalations is very broad: they are neutral to the stomach, they moisturize the nasopharyngal mucosa and expand blood vessels, which promotes better blood supply to the mucous membrane.