Schools all around the country are now taking the necessary steps to protect children from what is now called the worst flu season in a long time. In some counties, schools have shut down to prevent any other children from catching influenza and have opened nearby locations to administer free flu shots. If your child is not in one of these schools and is starting to show flu-like symptoms, the school district wants you to keep them home for at least 24 hours, and they stress the importance of seeing a doctor. While staying home with your children you may want to try a few home remedies to help with any discomfort they may be experiencing. Below are 10 at home remedies to help your babies from catching the flu or spreading it to other siblings in your household.
1.) Washing your hands frequently remains the best way to prevent spreading or contracting the common flu. Homemade hand soap can be made at home by mixing one-quarter part castile soap with three-quarter parts water and five drops of peppermint essential oil.
2.) Drink certain teas high in antioxidants such as black and green tea, can help reduce free radical toxins in the body to decrease the frequency of symptoms. Mullein tea is also an excellent choice because it helps subdue chronic coughing. To make, steep mullein leaves in boiling water for ten minutes. Drain the leaves and sip on the boiled water.
3.) Homemade Chicken Noodle soup made with organic ingredients will be a warm comforting meal that is easy on the stomach. It will also be high in antioxidants, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. Everything needed to help heal any common symptoms.
4.) Black pepper contains an active ingredient known as capsaicin, black pepper is needed for the absorption of the potent anti-inflammatory spice turmeric, by adding pepper to food, gargling with water or even smelling the pepper throughout the day may help with thinning mucus and providing relief to congestion.
5.) Onions are prebiotic, which is the fuel that probiotics or “good” bacteria in the gut need to thrive. Prebiotics encourage the growth and development of a healthy microbiome, which is where approximately seventy percent of the immune system lives. When the gut is healthy, the immune system is better equipped to handle anything.
6.) Dissolve one-half teaspoon baking soda in a glass of cool water and drink six times per day. Baking soda has been used to treat the common cold for centuries by balancing the pH levels in the blood. The idea is that the common flu acidifies the body while baking soda pushes the blood’s pH level in the opposite direction, returning it to an alkaline status.
7.) Raw honey is especially useful for soothing a sore throat. It contains antibacterial properties to wipe out germs and enzymes to keep energy levels up
8.) Ginger is perfect for settling upset stomachs associated with nausea or diarrhea. Drink ginger tea with honey and lemon or prepare a paste made with ginger and cloves. Ginger supplements are an easy way to benefit from the healing powers of ginger without the fuss.
9.) Garlic can be eaten raw or added to stir-fries. To help improve the flavor of eating fresh garlic, mix together one crushed garlic clove with two teaspoons lemon juice, some raw honey, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. It has been shown to boost the immune system, open up respiratory passages, and flush toxins from the body.
10.) And last but not least, lemon. Lemon has antibacterial properties that make it excellent at killing germs. It is also a potent blood purifier and is high in vitamin C, which is needed to combat free radicals and restore the immune system.