The risk of colds in the cold season increases significantly. If the weather is also unstable, and the body is weakened by stress, stress and other “charms” of modern life, the problems will not be long in coming. But the holidays are ahead-I don’t particularly want to get sick! So, it’s time to remember about effective methods and means of preventing colds and flu.
Immunity is the head of everything
A healthy, strong immune system is probably the best way to protect yourself from colds (and not just colds!).
Be sure to include vegetables and fruits in your diet. New Year’s Eve — it’s oranges and tangerines, and they are known to have a lot of vitamin C, which, among other things, helps our immunity. If you are not allergic to citrus fruits, eat more of these sunny fruits — both pleasure and benefit!
Easy Recipes for Immunity
Alternate between different means for immunity throughout the cold season, until the threat of influenza and SARS epidemics passes.
- Lemon-honey drink
Add 1 tsp of honey and lemon juice to a glass of warm boiled water. Stir, drink in the morning on an empty stomach. The course is 1 week, you need to conduct such courses on a monthly basis.
- Citrus drink with honey and nuts
Mix fresh lemon, orange and grapefruit juices. Dilute 0.5 cups of the mixture with boiled water in a ratio of 1:1. Add 2 tsp. honey and finely ground walnut kernels, mix. Take this remedy for 2-3 weeks, 2-3 times a day between meals.
The most “winter” products
Ginger, honey, and rosehip are very “winter” products, our loyal allies in the fight against colds. And drinks with these ingredients also have a pleasant taste, perfectly warm and tone up. The main thing is not to wait until the disease overcomes: if you are cold, drink hot ginger tea with honey, and for prevention in the morning take syrup or a decoction of rosehip.
- Warming ginger tea with cinnamon
Peel and grate a piece of fresh ginger root (to make about 1 tablespoon).a spoonful of ginger mass). Break apart 2 sticks of cinnamon (if there are no sticks, take 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, although this is less effective). Put the ginger and cinnamon in a saucepan, add 4 clove buds, pour 300 ml of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the resulting broth, add honey to taste. This drink is suitable for daily use.
- Rosehip tea with honey
4 art.pour 1 liter of boiling water into a thermos flask, insist for an hour, and strain. Drink during the day, adding honey to taste.
A loyal friend — onions
The remedy is easier and more reliable than you can think of: grate the onion on a grater and inhale the aroma of the resulting gruel for 10-15 minutes. Similarly, you can use garlic. If you perform this procedure every day, especially during flu epidemics, the probability of getting sick will significantly decrease. Yes, it is unpleasant. But it’s also unpleasant to get sick! And if you don’t like this recipe, try other ways to use onions:
- Wine with onions and honey
Chop a small onion (100-150 g), put the resulting gruel in a liter jar, add 100 g of honey, mix. Pour the mixture with any grape wine (0.7-0.8 liters) and infuse for 2 weeks in a dark place at room temperature. Strain, take 3-4 tbsp.spoons a day, regardless of the meal. The drug has antiviral activity and helps to strengthen the immune system.
- Onion and garlic oil for the prevention of flu and colds
Heat 1 cup of vegetable oil in a water bath for half an hour. Cool, add the chopped onion (0.5 small onion) and garlic (4 medium-sized cloves). Stir, insist for 2 hours, strain. The resulting product is used to lubricate the nasal mucosa in the morning and evening during influenza and SARS epidemics.
Garlic also has a wide range of antiviral and bactericidal effects.
Spicy herbs for the prevention of colds and flu
Many summer residents grow spicy-flavored and spicy-aromatic plants on their plots. This means that you almost certainly have the necessary tools to protect yourself from viruses at home! The easiest way is to hang scented bags of dried herbs in the rooms. Change these bags for new ones at least once a month.
In addition, it is useful to regularly drink teas with spicy herbs that have an antiviral, bactericidal, immunostimulating effect. There are many recipes-alternate them, choosing according to your taste and mood.
Prepare a tea mixture of 250 g of black leaf tea and dried crushed vegetable raw materials:
- 2 tablespoons peppermint;
- 2 tablespoons St. John’s wort;
- 1 tablespoon thyme;
- 1 tablespoon valerian root.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Store the mixture in a tightly closed glass jar. Brew as a tea (1 teaspoon per 1 cup of boiling water) and drink with the addition of honey to taste.
Carefully mix the dried crushed vegetable raw materials taken in equal parts:
- Melissa officinalis;
- st. john’s wort;
- the leaves of black currant;
- the leaves of the wild strawberry;
- black currant berries;
- rosehip fruits.
1 tablespoon of the collection brew in a thermos with a glass of boiling water, insist for 1 hour, strain. Drink 3-4 times a day for 1 glass, adding honey to taste. The course is 2-3 weeks, then you should choose another herbal tea.
1 teaspoon of dried crushed sage, thyme or rosemary, pour a glass of boiling water and insist under the lid for 5-10 minutes. Strain, add honey and lemon. Drink this drink daily, alternating herbs.
Viruses are strong, but as you can see, we have something to oppose them. Think about prevention as early as possible and don’t let colds ruin your holidays! Be healthy!