1. At the first sign of a sore throat or a stuffy nose try lean your head over steamed tea, chamomile tea is the best and cover your head with a towel to create a tent for the steam; this is going to clear your nasal passages.
2. Gargle with a warm salty water solution (I add one tablespoon of salt into an 8 ounce of warm water) and try not to drink anything for at least a half an hour; spit the water out, do not swallow it; the salty water helps to draw out the phlegm and relieves the painful inflammation. You have to repeat this procedure during the day if the symptoms persist.
3. Drink a lot of liquids to keep your body hydrated – herbal homemade tea (Pau D’Arco, is one of the best) made with lots of honey, lemon and ginger (ginger has a boosting effect on your immune system, and has effective anti-inflammatory effect on the body). Stay away from sugary drinks (coke, Pepsi, blue, green, yellow and red drinks).
4. Eat spicy foods (if you can handle it), it helps to cause releasing of the endogenous opioid, reducing the discomfort you have.
5. Garlic is another aid to fight infection; garlic has allicin, a substance that can kill bacteria that causes Streptococcus. Have a slice of toast with garlic and a cup of tea with lost of lemon and honey. It is one of the best remedies! 🙂
6. Chew on whole cloves. Cloves contain eugenol a natural pain-killer and acts as an anti-bacterial. Cloves help to heal digestive problems due to antispasmodic effect, heal headaches, earache. Cloves were used in ancient times to ease the pain in the mouth in case of a toothaches due to antibacterial and antispasmodic effects and relieving the pain in the throat. Cloves contains eugenol oil and were used by dentists in the past as an anesthetic.
7. Take several baths/showers – cold and hot. Use a towel soaked in hot water to scrub your body for a maximum effect twice a day from two-minute to twenty minutes depending on the amount of time you have. Begin with the hands and fingers and work your way up the arms and shoulders, neck and face, then down the chest, upper back, abdomen, lower back, buttocks, legs, feet and toes Scrub until the skin becomes slightly pink or until each part becomes warm. During this time the towel needs to be warm all the time.
8. Run a humidifier in your room at night to help prevent your throat for getting too dry.
9. Get plenty of rest; resting your body will help the healing process.
10. Cultivate a Positive Mindset!