Back to school followed by a drop in temperature forces so many people back in to close quarters… and that typically means a spike in germs and illness, right?! ick! I’m going to show you my favorite, all natural, and simply the best cold home remedies…. EVER!
The Best Cold Home Remedies
Ginger Honey Lemon Tea
Honey is one of nature’s best antibiotics. I steep organic tea in boiling water for 5 minutes, add a tablespoon of locally sourced raw honey, and a slice of organic lemon. This is gentle on upset tummies, yet packed full of powerful antioxidants and vitamins that will help get you back on track fast.
Honey & Turmeric
I always have a mason jar of locally sourced raw honey mixed with organic turmeric in my apothecary cabinet. At the onset of any weird symptoms, I take a heaping tablespoon of that mixture, let it dissolve in my mouth, and swallow. Again, honey is a great antibiotic and turmeric is the best at reducing inflammation and pain.
Honey & Garlic
Honey and garlic are both high in antioxidants. When combined, they become a powerhouse of immune boosters- just what you need to fight off and keep away germs.
Elderberry Syrup & Gummies
The best place to find information about elderberry syrup and gummies is in my FREE Elderberry Educational Mini Guide Download! Check that out here!
Zinc is another beneficial mineral to add to your diet during this time of year. It helps your immune system fight off bacteria and viruses.
Packed full of vitamin C, fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, nectarines, peaches, and strawberries are an ideal addition to your diet during this time of year.
Also packed FULL of vitamin C is the herb thyme. Add it to your hot tea for an added kick.
When I am sick, I look for more natural ways to feel better. One tool I like to use is a Netti Pot. If you’ve never used one before, I really recommend it. You dissolve sea salt in slightly warmed water, add it to the Netti pot, then carefully (while leaning over a sink) pour the salt water into one nostril and let it drain out the other nostril. I know it sounds weird, but it works so well for breaking up head colds and congestion.
Pineapples contain a lot of the enzyme mixture known as bromelain; and bromelain is fantastic at lessening inflammation. Often, when we are sick, we have a lot of inflammation in our sinuses, throats, airways, etc. Eating pineapple (and therefore eating bromelain) can alleviate the inflammation and the side effects of it.
Marshmallow Leaf & Root Powder
According to Healthline, Marshmallow leaf and root are used to treat the pain and inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. You can find marshmallow leaf and/or root powder online.
Drink, drink, drink… right? Water is key! But if you aren’t feeling well… teas and juices will do, too. Just try not to drink anything too sugary… sugary drinks can dehydrate you which would lead to even more complications.
Like Daniel Tiger says… rest is best. Listen to your body… take the time off and rest. Let your body heal itself. Lay on the couch. Watch RHONJ. and just heal.
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