More often than not, flu makes its victims look wretched, primarily because of its adverse effects such as sore throats, nasal congestion, headaches, and chills. In most cases, prescribed antiviral drugs may be used to mitigate the symptoms. However, a more cost-effective approach would be the administration of home remedies.

Below are some of the natural cures decoded that can alleviate the symptoms of mild flu;

Drinking Fluids

Flu often results in dehydration, as it causes vomiting and diarrhea.  This lost water can be restored by drinking water and fruit juices. However, caffeinated drinks are a no, since they possess diuretic tendencies. If the patient suffers a sore throat, a mixture of herbal and tea would be of great help.


Nasal congestion and sore throats can be eased through inhaling moist air. In this regard, taking a steamy shower severally may be of significant help. Also, a steam vaporizer may be used to generate the humidified air. Nonetheless, utmost care should be observed to make sure that the air is free of mold and mildew.


When one feels sick, it serves their best interest to be a couch potato. Scientists have proven getting a good rest plays a fundamental role in aiding the body towards recovery. Moreover, eight hours of sleep is important, as sufficient sleep cycles optimize the functioning of the immune system.

Nasal irrigation

This process involves pouring water into one of the nostrils and letting it out through the other. Doctors recommend this procedure to ease stuffiness and running noses. It may also reduce the risk of contracting sinus infections. To perform this remedy a neti pot or a saline squeeze bottle is required, and both are available at most drug outlets. Additionally, the patient can purchase the saline solution or make one themselves by mixing salt with lukewarm distilled water.

Gargling saline water

Rinsing your mouth with salty water gets rid of mucus that accumulates in the throat.

Thanks to advancements in the field of herbal medicine, many mild conditions have their cures decoded. While the procedures mentioned above work in most scenarios, it is advisable to seek the services of a qualified doctor should the condition persist.

By Skyler West

Piper Skyler West: Piper, a sports medicine expert, shares advice on injury prevention, athletic performance, and sports health tips.