When it comes to flu and other common ailments, we often rely on over-the-counter medications to alleviate the blockage on our nasal passages. Although these are good enough for relieving the problem, some may cause dizziness, nausea, and even headache in some instances. With all the possible side effects that can be quite uncomfortable, why not try old remedies that have been used before?

There are ancient remedies that can help you feel better from your colds fast. As a matter of fact, European home remedies are coming back as more people are turning to alternative remedies to fight off the common cold and other respiratory problems. If you are looking for another way to make your colds, and other ailments disappear, try these forgotten remedies out.

Mustard Plaster

Mustard plaster has been around for centuries and it appears to be coming back today. To make this recipe, you will need 8 tablespoons of flour, a tablespoon of dry mustard, and warm water. Mix all the ingredients until you create a smooth paste that you can easily spread. You will need to spread it on a sack towel before using. Mustard plaster has been found effective in treating flu, fever, cold, arthritis, inflammation, cough, and back pain even. You see, mustard plaster can help improve blood circulation in any affected area. So if you are suffering from colds, placing a mustard plaster on your chest can help clear up your nasal passages.

Prunes

If you are having trouble with your bowel movement because of constipation, prunes are perfect. Prunes, or dried plums, can help keep things moving as they are high in fiber content which is good for your digestion. Fiber can make your bowels softer for easy elimination.

Cranberries

Europeans put stock in the use of cranberries when it comes to treating urinary tract infection. You might think that all you need is to increase your water intake to eliminate this infection, but it appears that cranberry can also fight off the bacteria that are clinging to the cells of your bladder. There is no danger to drinking cranberries and they are actually good for reducing bladder infections. The best part is that you can mix it with other remedies too.

Chicken soup

This timeless remedy for colds is still being used today which is not that surprising as this soup can actually help warm you up, while fighting any inflammation in your body. Grandmothers often recommend this to their grandkids when they are sick and they are really good too.

Licorice

Licorice has been used for centuries as a remedy to freshen one’s breath. It can eliminate bacteria so you won’t have to worry about tooth decay as well as other diseases.

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