5 grandmother’s recipes to fight the virus
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5 grandmother’s recipes to fight the virus

Between the dropping temperatures, the ambient humidity and the natural defenses which relax during the holidays, it is better to remain cautious in the face of viruses. While it is possible and recommended to be vaccinated against the flu and Covid-19, there is a very common illness in fall/winter: nasopharyngitis, more commonly called the common cold.

In general, this illness lasts a maximum of 7 to 10 days. There is currently no real treatment for the common cold, but its symptoms can be relieved with painkillers. If medications are ineffective, many praise the effectiveness of certain grandmother’s remedies. What if you tried these 5 tips to regain fluid breathing and your voice?

Wash your nose with salt water

Do you have a blocked nose? If you regularly read our papers, you know that it is better to avoid vasoconstrictors when you have a cold, these tablets and sprays which contain pseudoephedrine. A molecule that will shrink the diameter of blood vessels and therefore decongest the nose, but also increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack… So what to do? Simply arm yourself with water and salt to clean your nose. How? You start by blowing your nose as much as possible. Then you have three options:

  • Invest in a seawater spray (Respimer, Physiomer, sold in pharmacies) and give yourself a few pulses in each nostril.
  • Physiological serum: you empty the contents of a dose into each nostril.
  • Ecological option: buy a small bulb at the pharmacy, which you fill with water. You add a teaspoon of salt and tilt your head to the right, gradually empty its contents from the left nostril to the right, then do the opposite. The goal is not to have the liquid flow down your throat, but for it to come out through the other nostril.

Washing your nose is therefore neither reserved for babies, nor useless, when you have a cold and even for prevention! In fact, the passage of salt water will help remove dirt, but also have an anti-inflammatory effect. It is recommended to do this several times a day, especially before going to bed to avoid having difficulty breathing at night or snoring.

Inhale essential oils

You have certainly already heard this tip for colds: inhaling essential oils. You sit over a pan or bowl of boiling water into which you have slipped a few drops of essential oils. You will then have to breathe deeply under a towel for 10 minutes to fully inhale the fragrant heat. In fact, the steam rehydrates your dry mucous membranes.

What oil to use? Radiated eucalyptus or peppermint if the operation aims to unblock your nose. Rather ravintsara essential oil if you suffer from an infection or flu syndrome. And above all, be sure to take off your glasses, close your eyes and stay far enough away from hot water to avoid any burns. You can also, if you fear a domestic accident, equip yourself with an inhaler. And you can repeat this little ceremony 2 to 3 times a day, as long as you are taken. Please note, however, that essential oils are contraindicated in children under 7 years old, pregnant women, people with asthma and epilepsy.

Sleeping with an onion cut in half next to or under your bed

This grandmother’s remedy for coughs and blocked noses may surprise you! Some say that an onion cut in half, which you slide under your bed or place on your nightstand, can help you find more fluid breathing. For what? Onion is known for its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. But it has another advantage: it purifies the ambient air.

So sure, you’re not going to wake up to the smell of roses, but maybe you’ll be able to smell the strong scent of this plant again! Another technique: cut onion rings, which you place in a jar half filled with honey and taste a teaspoon of this amazing mixture until your cough stops. Why not give it a try if colds are disrupting your winter?

Drink thyme herbal teas

If you spend your life blowing your nose, drinking plenty of water will help you fight dehydration. And for a change and to motivate yourself, why not switch to herbal teas? Especially since by adding thyme, the juice of a lemon (preferably organic) and a little honey, you have the perfect mixture to help your immune system fight against viruses. Be careful, however, not to drink too much herbal tea after dinner, at the risk of getting up a lot at night to eliminate it, when you especially need full, long and restful nights to regain your strength.

Make yourself a hot toddy

Another version, more muscular, grog, another pro-immunity drink, ideal for regaining your voice! Here are two grog recipes.

  • The first, sweet, delicious… and alcoholic. You mix a bowl of hot milk with a few drops of rum, a spoonful of honey and the juice of half a lemon. Be careful though, if you’re already taking painkillers, adding alcohol can put your liver into overdrive and disrupt your sleep.
  • If you want to avoid this pitfall, I recently discovered a much more robust recipe, very popular with singers: garlic, turmeric, ginger, thyme, lemon. Start by infusing your thyme leaves, then add the ginger and mixed garlic, the turmeric powder and finally the lemon juice. To adapt according to your tastes, you can also add rosemary, remove the garlic if you are afraid of vomiting everything, but this cocktail is nicknamed the “homemade bomb against infections”, quite simply!

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