Traditional and Home-made Remedies for COVID-19
Though most home remedies have unproven effects on the course of diseases in general and Covid-19 in particular, the following are some of the traditional remedies that have been tried and have proven beneficial in one way or another.
Used as a spice for meals and for medicinal purposes
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant
It also helps remove toxins from the respiratory tract.
Has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties
For a long time, it has been used as a spice in most households and when frequently mixed with ginger, and lemon, the resultant mixture is used for common cold.
It reduced airway inflammation.
A good source of vitamin c which helps immune cells to work properly.
Most treatment regimens for Covid-19 include vitamin C.
Lemon is a good source of naturally occurring vitamin C.
Its use in treatment regimens for Covid-19 has seen this fruit become scarce and hence increase in price to exorbitant levels.
Works well for a cough
Attenuates acute inflammation through encouraging immune responses.
Honey has limited virucidal ( ability to kill viruses) effects against viruses like herpes.
A spice with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties.
It has limited anti-viral properties.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, it has been suggested in the use against Covid-19.
- Chicken soup
Chicken soup doesn’t only make the stomach feel better, it may also clear nasal congestion and ease cold symptoms!
Chicken contains tryptophan which helps the body produce serotonin which can enhance the mood.
- Green tea
Powerful anti-oxidants protect your cells from damage and helps fight diseases.
This is a low carbohydrate high protein diet.
Ketone bodies inhibit infammasome activation in response to viral infections and could thus prevent hyper inflammatory reaction associated with the cytokine storm in severe critical Covid-19.
- Hot bath
This helps blood flow easier and can relieve symptoms of cold and flu
Patients with mild symptoms of Covid-19 are encouraged to recuperate at home and using some or all the home remedies known is okay. But should your symptoms worsen, it is best to seek treatment and care in the hospitals.
Also, even though most of these home remedies are good, none of them is proven to directly have an effect against Covid-19.