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Viral fever is a common illness that affects both adults and children, during monsoons. The sudden climatic change is the main cause behind its occurrence.
Viral fever is mostly triggered by airborne infections and can also be contracted from an infected person.
Viral infections are many, ranging from the common cold to the flu.
The most common symptom of viral infections is a mild or low-grade fever. Sore throat, incessant coughing, a running nose, sneezing, and body aches are some of the common symptoms of viral fever. Sometimes, the fever may also cause diarrhea, vomiting, or an upset stomach.
Mild fever can be managed even at home, by having a well-balanced diet, consuming lots of comfort foods, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking adequate rest.
Apart from these steps, there are so many natural substances that work as the best remedy for viral fever. These can be found in your kitchen, or in your fridge, and form an essential part of your daily cooking.
Here are the amazing benefits of some spices that help you combat viral fever:
Ginger is considered a versatile miracle spice and it has many health benefits. Ginger has effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic properties, which give you relief and reduce the symptoms of viral fever. It is diaphoretic, meaning that it causes perspiration. It can break the fever and reduce cold and flu symptoms. It gives instant relief in nausea, the common discomfort that is felt during viral fever. Ginger soothes your sore throat, eases cramps, and clears your lungs. Aching joints can be relieved using ginger. Some other symptoms like aggravated sinus and congestion can also be treated with ginger.
To prepare honey ginger tea, boil a teaspoon of grated ginger in a cup of water for 2-5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of honey after straining the concoction. Drink this tea 3-4 times a day to get relief.
In children, one of the common symptoms associated with viral fever is found to be irregular bowels. Black pepper and ginger tea is effective solution. While ginger eases the viral symptoms, black pepper helps in flushing out toxins. To the regular ginger tea, add a pinch of black pepper.
To reduce fever, add ginger juice to the juice of black basil leaves, with a spoon of honey, and warm in an iron ladle. Have the juice warm and do not eat or drink anything for at least an hour.
Another method is to heat a spoon of pepper powder with a spoon of turmeric powder and a teaspoon of ginger powder in a cup of water. When it reduces to half, cool it and drink it. Do not have more than a cup, as both the spices produce heat.
Dry ginger also has the properties to reduce the discomfort associated with viral fever. You can consume dry ginger with some honey. You can also add 2 medium-sized pieces of dry ginger to a cup of water and boil the mixture. Another method is to add dry ginger, a spoon of turmeric, and a spoon of black pepper to a cup of water and boil the concoction till it reduces to half. Drink it 4 times a day to relieve the symptoms of viral fever.
Garlic’s antimicrobial properties are useful in curing viral fever. A natural antibiotic, it is also antiviral. If you already have a cold, you would be able to reduce the symptoms and decrease the course by consuming garlic.
Warm a quarter cup of water, add 2-3 crushed garlic pods and have it, or use it in soups, a soothing dish that also helps to lower fever.
Black pepper is a versatile spice, and it has amazing healing and balancing properties. Rich in Vitamin C, black pepper helps to build a strong immune system and prevents diseases. Respiratory ailments are treated with the help of black pepper.
Boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of crushed black pepper and few basil leaves. You must have this tea all through the day to fight viral fever. Black pepper fights cold, cough, and sneezing very effectively.
Essential plant phytonutrients present in coriander seeds are known to trigger the immune system. Loaded with natural volatile oils and antibiotics, they are incredibly effective in curing a viral infection.
You can prepare a concoction or simply steep a few seeds in half a liter of water and drink this water several times a day. Your immune system will be boosted instantly.
Curcumin present in Turmeric has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Its power to strengthen your immune system will prevent you from falling sick due to viral infections.
If you get infected, it will limit the viral cell reproduction, allowing you to recover faster and with fewer symptoms.
Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to warm milk and have it, twice a day.
Kerala Spices is an online shop with a wide range of authentic spices that are good in quality, freshness, and purity. These spices are best for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Avoid some common symptoms of viral infections with these amazing spices.