Let's face it, winter colds and flu are expensive - medical and pharmacy bills and all those flu extras that work their way into the shopping basket. With today's astounding array of over-the-counter remedies, we often forget that sometimes the simplest ways to make us feel better can be found at home. Keep winter ills at bay with these timely tips.
No sachet required
Instead of spending $12 to $14 on cold-and-flu sachets, this homemade version will work just as well. All you need is some generic paracetamol, honey and a lemon. Take the paracetamol as directed for your headache, then make a soothing drink for your sore throat by squeezing the lemon juice into a mug and adding a tablespoon of honey. Fill with hot water and stir well. It's just as good as an over-the-counter remedy, but much cheaper.
Onion cough syrup
Cough syrup can be very expensive. Have a go at making this one - it will knock your socks off! Slice an onion onto a saucer. Cover the onion with brown sugar, and place another saucer on top to cover it. Leave for an hour for the onion juice to collect. Take one teaspoon of this liquid before bed and hey presto - no more cough, and no more sleepless nights.
Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a large bowl of steaming hot water and place in the room well out of harm's way. The vapours will fill the room. You can also put a drop or two on your pillowcase to help you sleep easier.
Many people take garlic capsules to stave off colds, but you can save a fortune and stay healthy by eating fresh garlic instead. Based on around $20 for a jar of 30 garlic tablets, replacing the capsules with one clove of garlic a day can save you over $200 a year - and it's just as effective.
A jar of generic chest rub is a handy standby. It's brilliant on headaches and migraines when rubbed gently into the temples (keeping away from the eyes). To quieten coughs, massage into the soles of the feet and cover with socks. Perfect for kids who hate taking medicine.
We also enjoy a good soup when we're feeling ill so check out some of our yummy soup recipes!
Carrot, Cumin and Ginger Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chickpea and Sweet Potato Soup
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