Feel good, Soothing Recipes For Cold and Flu Season

Getting sick during these uncertain times, specially cold and flu season, feels almost forbidden. But that shouldn’t be the case. The truth is that people are going to come down with all kinds of viruses, especially during flu season. There’s no way around it.

To avoid germs, exhaustion, fluctuation in temperature, sick people around us, mishandled food, and more seems like an impossible mission. So, it’s only best to be prepared.

Fret not! We have unos remedios that can beat the cold or flu funk out of you in no time. 

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SOPITA

Need we say more? Many people from the Latinx community believe this is the answer to their speedy recovery. For some reason, a hot bowl of soup feels like heaven after a day spent sweating out a fever. Since the Hispanic community has plenty of soups to choose from, we won’t limit you. However, many say that good ol’ chicken soup is the best remedial soup because of chickens’ nutritional properties. However, a vegan sancocho (regular sancocho without any meat) is said to have worked its magic on the sick as well. Our only recommendation is to consume water-based soup rather than cream-based soup for a quicker recovery.

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TECITO

Tea has been helping people feel better since the beginning of time. Or, so we’d like to think. Nevertheless, just because tea seems like the obvious choice to combat the flu or cold doesn’t mean they all help your cause. It is important to note that not all tea has medicinal benefits. But, the following do:

Ginger Tea:

  • Boil water
  • Add a tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger into the water.
  • Let it steep for 10 minutes.
  • Add a tablespoon of honey and enjoy as much as you’d like

Honey and Lemon Tea:

  • Boil water
  • Add one tablespoon of honey into the boiling water and stir
  • Squeeze one lemon into the mixture
  • Drink immediately
  • Do this 2-3 times a day for best results

Garlic Tea:

  • Boil three garlic cloves in water for 5 minutes
  • Add the juice of half a lemon
  • Stir in one tablespoon of honey
  • Drink while hot
  • Do this once a day for 2-3 weeks
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LIMONCITO Y SAL

One of the most popular cold and flu remedies is the limón y sal gárgaras. You know when you’re so sick that you can’t even swallow properly? That point of your sickness is the worse because even drinking a glass of water feels like death. But, there’s something you can do to alleviate your throat. All you need is lemon, salt, and water. Once you mix these things together, you must gargle the soothing liquid for 30 seconds at a time. It’s okay if you swallow some of the mixture, but try not to. You’ll find that the moments after gargling the heavenly concoction will be some of your best. Repeat this as much as you want until it doesn’t hurt to swallow.

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CAMITA

We can understand that everyday obligations may get in the way of your rest, but that’s not really healthy. Usually, there comes a point when you’re nursing a cold or the flu, where your body won’t stand for any more overexertion. It’s at this moment when you must understand that resting is what will help you get better. So, take it easy, lay in your bed, and try to relax. Your health will always be more important than anything else. Besides, working while sick is neither ideal for you or those around you. A quick tip: if you have a high fever, wet your socks a bit and wear them. Your fever should decrease within the next half hour. Repeat every time your socks dry out. 

Though these remedios have worked for many Hispanic households for ages, you all must get medical advice first. Remember, it’s best to be safe than sorry.

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