The cold/flu season is here and you don't want to catch it, especially since we're still in a pandemic. Here are some tips from El Pasoans on how to stay safe.

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently ravaging the entire country and El Paso has been hit especially hard. With the temperatures dropping we are also in the middle of the flu season, and the symptoms for both are very similar. Right now isn't the best time for people to be heading to their doctor's for the common cold or the flu, so it's best that everyone do what they can to help protect themselves and their families from sickness during this time.

The first thing you can do to protect yourself and those around you is by getting the flu shot. It's quick, easy, and there are plenty of places around town you can go and get your absolutely free. For more information on how to get a free flu shot visit Be Powerflu website. Next, we asked some locals what they like to turn to when they're battling the common cold or the flu and we were given some great advice on what can help you during a bout of sickness. Check out some of their recommendations and see if you ever used any of these tips or tricks.

  • "Colloidal silver spray always does the job."
  • "I got this tea recipe from someone awesome. Oregano, ginger and cinnamon boiled for tea. It really helps. My husband makes a little soup out of garlic, onions, cilantro and boullion."
  • "I throw a couple pieces of chicken in the crock pot with water, salt, garlic, ginger, and bouillon. I use the shredded chicken for whatever dish I am making and save the broth. We drink it out of coffee cups. We just fix a cup and throw it in microwave. . I keep a gallon in my fridge all week. Ginger has tons of benefits so don’t skip that."
  • "I make all organic ingredient elderberry syrup! Perfect to fight against sickness. You can use regularly to build your immunity. Here’s some off the things it benefits along with fighting against the flu. - Helps relieve nasal congestion
    - Anti-Inflammatory
    - Treats respiratory illnesses such as cold and flu
    - High in vitamin A, B, C and potassium
    - Enhances your immunity
    - Allergy fighter
    Message me for more info! I have the option of raw honey or a vegan option blue agave nectar!"
  • "For belly aches, canned peaches in syrup.
    We are Italian and when we get sick we always have pastina which are little bead shaped pasta that you boil in chicken broth and serve with parmesan and lots of black pepper and parsley."
  • "Stay hydrated!!! my teenager and toddler both tested positive for the flu and I would take them a warm bath with epsom salt for 20 minutes to soak and gave them lots of fluids and soups"
  • "Get lots of rest but force yourself to eat. You can’t fight the bug without any fuel. Drink pedilyte, vitamin c pills, Delsym, saline nasal spray, saline and aloe gel for around your nose, steam in the bathroom and drink apple juice. Try to limit your milk intake since it causes phlegm."
  • "Raw honey (I put mine in green tea daily), fresh garlic, fresh ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, fresh onion, fresh horseradish, and lots of cinnamon."
  • "Peel about 6 cloves garlic throw it into a pint jar with raw honey let it sit for a couple of days then you can take it like cough syrup."
  • "Detox bath as soon as symptoms start.... Hot water, fresh grated ginger, and Epsom salt stay in bath as long as you can once your out wrap yourself in a blanket and sweat it out..."

Read more tips and trips to battle the flu on the Foodies of El Paso Facebook Post.

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