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Home Remedies for Common Illnesses

By Genevieve Cunningham

Everyone gets sick from time to time. We all deal with viruses and colds and all sorts of infections and illnesses. Sometimes these illnesses get the best of us and we spend what feels like a lifetime in the doctor’s office. Luckily, not every sickness requires a trip to the clinic or even a medication. Many minor illnesses can be treated in the comfort of your own home. Take a look at these natural remedies for these common illnesses that can have you back to feeling your best in no time.

Sore Throat

A sore throat can be caused by many different things. If yours is the result of a bacterial infection such as strep throat, then you might need medication. If it’s a simple virus or congestion, then you can just open your cabinet. Though it tastes disgusting, taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can coat the throat and minimize pain. It will burn at first, but will then become numb. You can also try hot water with a dash of lemon juice and a little bit of honey. This is a tastier way to cure a sore throat, and it can be sipped all day long for ongoing comfort.

Congested Sinuses

Sometimes even a trip to the doctor can’t relieve sinus congestion. One cure can be found on your stovetop or even in your shower. Steam, whether it’s from a kettle on the stove or a steamy shower, can open your sinuses and help you breathe. Other people also opt for spicy foods. Cayenne, chili peppers, and jalapeno not only burn your mouth, but open your sinus cavities and get them running.You might need a tissue while you eat, but afterward, you’ll be able to breathe easy.

For Fighting Illness

A good way to help the body fight off all illnesses more easily is to boost the immune system.  Try to take some immune boosting vitamins every day. Add a simple Vitamin C supplement to your daily routine and your immune system will be better able to fight the foreign invaders (germs) before they take over and cause you to feel poorly.

While a doctor’s visit has its place, it’s not always necessary. If you want to fight off some common illnesses without the trouble of an appointment, try any of these natural remedies. You’ll be back up and running and feeling better than ever without ever leaving your house.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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