Getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids are the basics of combating colds and flues. Your immune system also requires a good amount of Vitamin C is also a good idea. You can know all of the basics of staying healthy but when you get sick all you want is to get some relief from your symptoms. This is why so many people spend so much money on over the counter drugs. These medications can sooth cold and flu symptoms fairly quickly. But what they can also do is simply stretch out your symptoms-too much medication can actually lengthen your illness! Instead of simply letting your symptoms linger in favor of giving you a few minutes of easy breathing, natural health cures help you breathe and kick that flu to the curb.

Believe it or not, onions are great for your health! One of the most famous cold and flu remedies is a syrupy substance made of onions and honey. The mixture consists of onion slices covered (steeped) in honey for a long period of time (usually overnight). Mix the onions and honey thoroughly and then leave it alone overnight. Take a spoonful of the mixture every few hours for the next few days and you should see your cold clear up pretty quickly. Adding some onions to your food every meal is another good idea-they blend in to the taste of just about everything.

There is a right way and a wrong way to clear your sinus passages. If you don’t blow your nose correctly, your illness can linger for weeks and a relapse is likely. To blow your nose correctly blow gently through one nostril while closing the other nostril and then switch. Be gentle! You could damage the sensitive tissues inside your nose. You might accidentally cause earaches. Blowing your nose probably seems gross but doing it correctly is beneficial and eventually you get over the “ick” factor. If you only sniff the sinus discharge back into your nose you will only succeed in keeping yourself sick. Don’t forget about washing your hands to get rid of the germs!

Echinacea has been a popular natural health item for more than a decade now. The trick to ensuring the success of Echinacea it’s important that you take the supplement as soon as you begin to feel sick. One or two supplements of Echinacea, when taken early on, could have the power to completely stop the cold from affecting you. Don’t worry if you’re in the middle of your cold, you can still take some Echinacea-it will help your cold heal faster and can give you some relief from your symptoms. If you’re sick you should take around 1200mgs per day to get well. It’s as easy as taking 400mgs three times a day (trying to do more than that could be harmful).

Using natural health to build up your immune system is one of the best ways to prevent illness from taking hold. More importantly, knowing how to correctly treat the symptoms you do have can go a long way to helping you combat illness and to keep yourself from accidentally making yourself sicker. Use some common sense and, instead of taking a lot of drugs, use natural methods to treat your cold or flu.