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Fight the flu with these 8 home remedies

The worst of this winter is yet to come, yet some of us are already coughing and sneezing, and spreading the flu virus in the process. Luckily for us, traditional home remedies are highly effective. It's time you took your grandma's advice.

With winters arriving, the flu virus is spreading rapidly. It is not surprising that the medical term for flu, comes from the Italian phrase ‘influenza del freddo’ — the influence of the cold. With the growing use of modern medicine, most people rely on antibiotics. However, simple homes remedies can also help. Categorised as complementary and alternative medicine therapies (CAM) to treat the common cold, some of these are traditional antidotes. Others include nutritional and herbal supplements. Few have also been supported by scientific evidence. Here are eight of those. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Kahdha A herbal mix of spices including cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, ginger, desi ghee and basil. (Source: www.chakali.blogspot.in)

Honey Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and prebiotic properties. Its other benefits include anti-tumour, anti-mutagenic and anti-viral properties. Manuka honey, a special honey that comes from New Zealand, has been used in upper respiratory infections including chronic sinusitis, rhinitis and allergic symptoms. Homey can be used with spices such as nutmeg, black pepper, ginger and cloves. Honey and lemon can also provide relief from fly symptoms. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Turmeric and Ghee in milk Turmeric has the ability to modulate the immune system and is known to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal activity. (Source: www.vidyacleanse.com)

Fenugreek Seed decoction Fenugreek helps those with asthma and sinus problems. Fenugreek decoction is known to ease soar throat and laryngitis. It can be combined with honey and lemon. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Garlic Garlic has been long known for its therapeutic benefits. It is loaded with nearly 100 active chemical compounds including several potent antioxidants. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Tulsi tea Tulsi is known to reduce stress, enhance endurance, increase oxygen utilisation, boost the immune system, slow ageing and reduce inflammation. It fights bacterial, viral and fungal infections. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

(Source: Thinkstock Images) Barley water to treat fever One of the earliest cultivated grains ‘barley’, commonly known as ‘jau’ is believed to have a healing effect on the body. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Amla It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which boosts immunity and restores vitality. (Source: Thinkstock Images)