GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) There’s no cure for colds or the flu. Medication can help, but a lot of people are looking into more natural ways to stay well. We scoured the internet to find some of the most effective way to battle those nasty winter germs.
WebMd says breathing in steam can break up nasal congestion. You can plug in a room humidifier or sit in the bathroom with a hot shower running.
A saltwater gargle can help moisten a scratchy throat, according to WebMD. Saltwater in the form of saline drops in the nose can also thin out mucus and help you get rid of it.
Ginseng is commonly taken to boost energy and stamina, but research shows it’s also effective on the common cold. Health.com says taking ginseng every day can reduce the severity and duration of your cold and maybe even prevent it.
Heathline says honey in hot water or tea with lemon can ease a sore throat and help with coughs.
It’s not an old wives tale. Healthline says a hot bowl of chicken soup can actually help the body fight infections. Broth in the soup, especially a low sodium variety, also keeps you hydrated.
Research on zinc is conflicting, according to Prevention, but taking it at the very start of a cold may shorten the length of your illness.
If you’re feeling sick, it’s best to consult your doctor. To avoid getting sick, the old stand-bys of washing your hands, getting plenty of rest, and drinking a lot of fluids are always a best bet.