Home remedies to fight the flu

THE sudden arrival of cold and low temperatures has been accompanied by a flu outbreak in many regions of Spain. According to experts, the epidemic level is still no higher than in previous years, but predict that in the coming weeks it will increase.

Here, we look at some home remedies believed to ease flu symptoms:

Drink plenty of fluids.

Drinking enough (eight to 12 glasses of water or tea) is fundamental to relieve flu symptoms, which usually lead to dehydration. 

Gargling with salt or baking soda.

Mix the ingredients with warm water and gargle several times a day to help relieve sore throats.

Honey and lemon.

Either taken separately or mixed together with warm water, honey and lemon can relieve symptoms and soothe sore throats.

Teas or infusions of garlic and onion.

Both plants are good allies to combat influenza. If the taste is too strong, sweeten with honey but not with sugar as it inhibits their natural healing qualities.

Ginger tea.

Ginger has analgesic and antibacterial healing properties.

Medics say the best way to avoid getting ill is to have the flu vaccination, eat a well balanced diet and avoid large crowds of people.

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