Simple home remedies for this flu and cold season

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Delicious tea really hits the spot.

Ugh, its really cold outside and that means itchy throats and stuffy noses. However, with the right information, you can stop the sickness in its tracks.

If your nose is beginning to get stuffy, it can lead to a build-up of bacteria. According to Jacqueline Banks, a certified holistic health counselor, a great way to clear your nasal passage is by rinsing it with filtered water. This gets rid of bacteria and extra mucus, while also preventing some swelling.

When bacteria do manage to fight their way through the immune system, a couple cloves of garlic should help fight them off. The chemicals inside this herb have antibacterial properties, and they work best when taken raw. To do this, dice two cloves, mix the pieces with water, and down it all in one gulp if possible.

A great way to get rid of the garlic taste is with tea. If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep, heat up some chamomile tea to calm your nerves. Not looking to hit the sack just yet? Opt for homemade cinnamon tea. With a teaspoon of honey, this steaming mug can reduce coughing and congestion.

Don’t forget that the best medicine for a cold is water and sleep!

Featured image courtesy of Donovan Govan on Wikimedia. Image of tea courtesy of Amasou Umasou on Flickr.