The Mr. and I have just returned from our long-awaited second honeymoon at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We had a week-long adventure splashing in puddles at Animal Kingdom, doing yoga in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and barely escaping Hurricane Matthew.
We had a lovely trip, but I came back with an unwanted souvenir–a dreadful cold.
I thought I would take a minute to share with you some of my natural remedies that I use (in addition to Dayquil) to help me get back on my feet.
Natural Cold and Flu Remedies
Drinking lots of water and getting lots of sleep is the first and foremost cure for illness. Any illness will be helped with these. So prop your feet up and get cozy with a gallon of water and your favorite old movie. Get rest now so you can get healthy faster.
Not only does drinking tea soothe your throat and help you get more liquids, herbal teas have extra healing power. Chamomile and peppermint teas are both very soothing during illness for stress and stomach cure. I opt for ginger tea made from ginger root, which is antibacterial, antiviral, an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. I add a spoonful of manuka honey to this for added immunity boost.
We’ve all heard the powerful curing properties of mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup, but some of it’s actually true! Warm liquids soothe a sore throat and open up nasal passages. Homemade soup provides a great source of protein and minerals that you might miss out on when you don’t feel up to solid foods! Check out Wellness Mama’s recipe for healthy Bone Broth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While it’s close to the most vile substance on earth, Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV) is a powerful germ-buster. You can man-up and take a tablespoon of ACV in a shot glass or mix it with glass of water and sip through a straw. ACV will help settle an upset stomach and also can help kick a sore throat.
- Vitamin C — Boosts the immune system and helps lower severity of colds.
- Vitamin D — Boosts the immune system through hormone support.
Start and end the day with a steam–whether a warm shower or a warm towel over your face. This opens up the sinuses and loosens congestion. Make sure to bundle up after your shower and keep your head warm. If you don’t dry your hair with a hair dryer, wrap it up in a hat to keep heat from escaping. Make sure you wear socks as well. Heat escapes out of the head and feet the most easily.
What do you do during cold and flu season to keep healthy? Share your tips below and I’ll try them out!