HOME REMEDIES AND TIPS

COVID-19 has no treatments or prevention vaccines. Below you will find some home remedies for regular cold symptoms - foods, ingredients, and general tips to keep yourself and your family healthy and feeling good.

SORE THROAT

  • Saltwater gargle – soothe/clear sore throat

    1. ¼ to ½ tsp (1.25 to 2.5 mL) salt

    2. 4 to 8 oz (120 to 240 mL) warm water

    3. Mix the salt and water

    4. Gargle saltwater

  • Humidifier – eliminates dry air that could further irritate the throat

  • Hard Candies –soothe a sore throat

  • Hydrate – keeps throat moist (avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate)

  • Honey – soothes sore throat

    1. ½ tbs honey

    2. 1 cup hot water

    3. Mix honey and water

    4. Drink 3 times a day

  • Chamomile tea – one of the oldest known herbal remedies for sore throat

COUGH

  • Honey – provides relief from coughing

  • Lemon – soothes cough

  • Ginger – ease dry/asthmatic cough, has anti-inflammatory properties

    1. 1 lemon, squeezed to juice

    2. 4 tbsp honey

    3. 1 in. peeled, crushed ginger 

    4. Mix together and keep out

      • Whenever somebody needs it, add a ​little bit of the mixture to a small glass of hot water, mix together and drink

  • Hydrate – alleviates cough, runny nose, sneezing (warm/hot beverages alleviate even more symptoms)

  • Steam – improves wet cough

    1. Take hot shower/bath and stay in steam created by hot water for a few mins

    2. Create steam bowl

      • Fill large bowl with hot water

      • Added essential oils or herbs that may further alleviate symptoms (e.g. eucalyptus or rosemary)

      • Lean over bowl and place towel/cloth over head to trap steam

      • Inhale vapors for 5 mins

  • Saltwater gargle – reduces phlegm and mucus in back of throat, lessening need to cough

  • Pineapples – contain bromelain, an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties and may have mucolytic properties, which means it can break down and remove mucus from the body (it is possible to be allergic to this enzyme). The enzyme is most plentiful in the core of the fruit

    1. Eat pineapple

    2. Drink pineapple juice

      • 1 peeled pineapple, cut into medium sized chunks

      • 6 cups of water

      • ¼ to ½ cup sugar

      • Juice from 1 lime or lemon

      • Blend ingredients together in blender

      • Strain juice

BOOST IMMUNITY

  • Citrus fruits – vitamin C increases production of white blood cells which fight infections

    • Grapefruit

    • Oranges

    • Tangerines

    • Lemons

    • Limes

    • Clementines

  • Red Bell Peppers – contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus

  • Broccoli – contains vitamin A, C, and E, plus many antioxidants and fiber

    • Cook it as little as possible, if not at all, to keep its power

  • Garlic – fights infections, lowers blood pressure

  • Ginger – decreases inflammation, decrease nausea

  • Spinach – rich in vitamin C, contains many antioxidants and beta carotene which increases the infection-fighting ability of the immune system

    • Cook as little as possible

      • Light cooking enhances vitamin A

  • Yogurt – specifically yogurts with “live and active cultures” printed on the label (e.g. Greek yogurt); the cultures can stimulate the immune system to help fight diseases, yogurt can also have lots of vitamin D which regulates the immune system, so look for brands fortified with vitamin D

  • Almonds – contains vitamin E

  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory

  • Green tea – packed with antioxidants which can enhance immune function

  • Papaya – contains lots of vitamin C and a digestive enzyme with anti-inflammatory effects, also has potassium, B vitamins, and folate which are good for overall health

  • Kiwi – full of folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C

  • Poultry – high in vitamin B-6 which is vital for many chemical reactions that occur in the body and to formation of new and healthy red blood cells

    • Chicken soup

  • Sunflower seeds – filled with phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin B-6, also packed with vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant

  • Shellfish – packed with zinc which is needed so that immune cells can function properly; careful to not have more than the daily recommended amount of zinc (11 mg for adult men and 8 mg for adult women)

    • Crab

    • Clams

    • Lobster

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