Down with the flu? Here are 10 home remedies you can try
The influenza (flu) virus has been wreaking havoc in Jamaica, driving patients to hospitals in droves. But not all of us can afford to go to a doctor.
Thankfully, Jamaicans are innovative people and have come up with various home remedies to counter the sickness.
Loop News will list some of these remedies. You can try one of them if, or the next time, you are down with the flu.
Coffee and rum - Steaming hot coffee laced with white rum is said to be a tried and proven method of expelling flu-like symptoms for decades.
Garlic - Loaded with antibiotics, garlic, whether consumed raw or as tea, reportedly will almost always repel the flu. Garlic has been the main component used in antibiotics and is said to be a certain method of combating the illness.
Lemon grass (Fever grass) - A cup of fever grass tea can work wonders in hitting out the flu virus.
Eucalyptus Oil - The oil made from the bark of the eucalyptus tree is believed to be very effective in repelling the flu. It is not very tasty but works wonders, according to many Jamaicans who say, 'what is bitter to the mouth is sweet to the belly'.
Rum and lime - White rum and lime juice is also believed to be a very effective method of repelling the flu. Don’t add too much water, just consume the rum and lime straight. The concoction might get you a little woozy but sleep it off and feel better when you awaken.
Vitamin C - oranges, lemons, lime and any form of vitamin C is another sure fire method of hitting back at the flu.
Pepper - The heat that flows from the scotch bonnet and bird pepper breaks down mucus and is very effective to get stuffy nasal passages free, enabling better breathing.
Thyme Tea - The thyme is filled with vitamin C and is a great remedy to counter the bad feelings that accompany the flu virus.
Soup/ broth - Soup is also another way to counter the symptoms of the flu. Taken hot, it opens the pores and allows one to sweat off the illness.
Honey - Drinking a cup of hot tea with honey is said to soothe sore throats and alleviate coughs.