Updated 20 November 2019
Arab News

Flu fighters

As the weather cools, you could find yourself fighting a nasty cold. We’ve rounded up some Arab home remedies to see you through flu season — but always check with your doctor first if you are pregnant or suffer from a medical condition.

  • Tisane

    Whether suffering from a cold, cramps, or indigestion, tisane is a North African herbal remedy made out of loose lemon verbena leaves that is effective in treating a multitude of ailments.

  • Anise

    Anise oil contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which are thought to help with cough and flu cases.

  • Garlic

    Garlic may help fight off a common cold because it has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Flu sufferers can eat raw garlic, cook it in their meals or take a supplement.

  • Honey

    Honey has antimicrobial properties, which may allow it to fight some bacteria and viruses. A hot drink of honey, lemon and ginger is a popular flu-fighter across the Arab World.

  • Turmeric

    Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin that is thought to decrease inflammation in the body. Add a pinch to your honey, lemon and ginger drink for a tasty remedy.

  • Cinnamon

    Cinnamon and cloves contain potent antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties — both are great for making a hot, soothing drink.