We all know how unpleasant a respiratory infection can be. Moreover, they are contagious and involve the nose, sinuses, throat, and larynx.
They tend to spread easily from one person to another and are usually caused by bacteria or fungi.
Among symptoms we can count a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, postnasal drip, a cough, watery eyes, a sore throat, muscle aches, and even mild fever.
While respiratory infections can be prevented, once you have it you must take care of yourself. The best methods are home made remedies.
1. Steam Inhalation
Even though this is an easy method, it is tremendously effective and can reduce the symptoms of an infection such as nasal congestion, sneezing or a runny nose by a lot. It works as a natural expectorant that clears the nasal congestion and it helps lubricate the irritated respiratory tract.
However, this procedure is not recommended for small children, pregnant women and those who suffer from high blood pressure.
2. Salt Water
Salt water alleviates nose irritation and throat while also helping the mucus, making it easier and more comfortable to expel. Furthermore, it will help clear the nasal passages of irritants. Disolve ¼ teaspoon of salt into a cup of room temperature water and put the solution into one nostril at a time with your head tilted back. Gently inhale the solution, then blow your nose to flush it out. You can also disolve 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of room temperature water and gargle with it 2 or 3 times a day.
Ginger is a great natural remedy for both treating and preventing respiratory infections due to the fact that it has antiviral compounds that help fight the cause, and not just the symptoms. The herb contains antimicrobial, diaphoretic, expectorant and anti-inframmatory properties.
Simply chew small pieces of raw ginger sprinkled with salt a few times a day.