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Eight home remedies to prevent swine flu

Are the rising swine flu victims making you anxious? Not sure how you can avoid falling prey to the growing epidemic? First and foremost, there is absolutely no need to panic.

Here are some easy steps you can take to tackle a flu virus of any kind, including swine flu.

It is not necessary to follow all the steps at once. You can pick and choose a combination of remedies that suit you best. However, if you are already suffering from flu, these measures can help only up to an extent.

Have five duly washed leaves of Tulsi (known as Basil in English; medicinal name Ocimum sanctum) every day in the morning. Tulsi has a large number of therapeutic properties. It keeps throat and lungs clear and helps in infections by way of strengthening your immunity.

Those who can take garlic, must have two pods of raw garlic first thing in the morning. To be swallowed daily with lukewarm water. Garlic too strengthens immunity like the earlier measures mentioned.

Those not allergic to milk, must take a glass of hot or lukewarm milk every night with a small measure of haldi (turmeric).

Aloe Vera too is a commonly available plant. Its thick and long, cactus-like leaves have an odorless gel. A teaspoon gel taken with water daily can work wonders for not only your skin and joint pains, but also boost immunity.

Take homeopathic medicines, Pyrogenium 200 and Inflenzium 200 in particular five tablets three times a day, or two-three drops three times a day. While these are not specifically targeted at H1N1 either, these work well as preventive against common flu virus.

Have citrus fruits, particularly Vitamin C rich Amla juice.

Last but not the least, wash your hands frequently every day with soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds; especially before meals, or each time after touching a surface that you suspect could be contaminated with flu virus such as a door handle or a knob/handle, especially if you have returned from a public place or used public transport.