Flu: Symptoms, remedies and cures

At the first sign of a sniffle, turn to these remedies, which can unstuff your head, boost your immune system and speed your illness on its way.

Initial treatments for flu

  • Drink plenty of water–8 or more 250ml glasses a day–to keep mucous membranes moist and relieve symptoms.

Natural flu remedies

  • A rub made with essential oils will help soothe the aches and pains that often come with a cold or flu. Mix 20 drops of eucalyptus and 5 of peppermint with 125ml sweet almond oil in a small, capped bottle and shake vigorously. Massage a small amount to the chest and back.

How to treat a stiff neck

  • Tiger Balm may help ease congestion and relax a stiff neck. Massage it into the chest and back and take care not to get it anywhere near your eyes, as it has as strong burning sensation.

The best flu cure: Prevention

  • Making love keeps you well. To keep colds and flu at bay, make love at least once a week. One study found that men and women who were sexually active at least that often had higher levels of immune-system molecules, called immunoglobulin A, which play an important role in shielding the mucous membranes from invaders, than people who weren't.

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