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Natural Home Remedies for Cold and Flu

Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) typically peak in late fall through early spring. Home remedies have long been used to treat and prevent these common ailments, and symptoms usually wane after three to five days.

Home remedies range from vaporizers, neti pots, poultices, diet and dressing warmly. Adding garlic, also known as “Russian penicillin,” to the diet can be beneficial due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Warm liquids and soups can help prevent dehydration and soothe irritated throats.

The neti pot, a small vessel with long narrow spout, has long been used in India to rinse the nasal passages with warm salt water. This can be a safe and helpful way to wash viruses, allergens and mucus out of the nose, especially in cases of dry, irritated nasal passages or during an upper respiratory illness.


Dr. Nelsa Ciapponi, owner of Optimal Health Medicine, located at 11220 Elm Lane, Ste. 200, in Charlotte, is board certified in both family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. For appointments and more information, call 704-540-3737 or visit

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