We always try to find ways that will prevent ailments and protect us from seasonal diseases such as the flu or the common cold. Although prescribed medications and antibiotics are the usual treatment, it’s much better to use natural remedies that are more effective and safer to use.

Lemon juice is one such remedy that has antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties. It’s rich in bioflavonoids, pectin, limonene, citric acid, magnesium, calcium, and various vitamins, making it a strong weapon against numerous diseases. The lemon also aids weight loss and stimulates digestion.

Here are nine simple ways to treat the flu and common cold using a few natural ingredients. The recipes should provide even better results than antibiotics.

  1. Sore throat

Make a mix of lemon juice (from one lemon), some salt and black pepper. Gargle the solution every day to relieve the pain. You can use apple cider vinegar as a substitute for the mixture.

  1. To open up a blocked nose

Mix equal amounts of black pepper, cinnamon, cumin and cardamom seeds. Grind the mixture to a powder and inhale it to open the nose ducts and unclog the blocked nose.

  1. Gallstones

An effective remedy for gallstones is a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. This mixture also works against sore throat, canker sores and tonsillitis.

  1. Sore throat, canker sores, tonsillitis

To treat these issues, mix some lemon juice and water and swish it in your mouth. In cases of tonsillitis, add salt to the lemon juice and gargle the solution.

  1. Weight loss

Add two tablespoons of lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey and ¼ of a teaspoon of ground black pepper in a glass of water and drink the mixture on a daily basis to lose weight faster.

  1. Nausea

In order to relieve nausea, mix some black pepper in a glass of water and add some lemon juice, then drink the mixture.

  1. Asthma attacks

Boil 8-10 grains of pepper, 10-15 basil leaves and 2 clove buds in some water. Boil the mixture for 15 minutes, then strain it and add 2 tablespoons of honey. Optionally, you can also add milk.

  1. Toothache

Smear a mix of ground black pepper and clove oil on the painful area to successfully relieve toothache.

  1. Fever, flu, chills

Add some lemon juice in your hot cup of tea with honey in order to fight these conditions. A mixture of lemon juice, salt and pepper will help you relieve coughs, and you can stop nose bleeds by applying a cotton ball soaked in lemon juice in the nostril.