Beat Your Cold The Natural Way
The arrival of chilly weather does not simply signify that the holiday season is upon us. As temperatures drop, cold and flu season comes on in full force and can leave you sniffling, sneezing and feeling altogether miserable. While there is no cure for the common cold, products, tips and tricks will certainly alleviate your symptoms and shorten your cold’s duration. If you find yourself under the weather this winter, try these natural cold busting remedies to help you recover.
Echinacea is a flowering plants whose stems, roots and flower are used to make various forms of herbal supplements. Readily available in both liquid tincture and pill form (often times along with Goldenseal) echinacea has serious immune boosting properties. The liquid tincture is thought to be a bit more potent but both liquid and pills are beneficial. Your best bet is to take echinacea daily during cold and flu season to keep your system strong. At the first sign of a cold up your echinacea intake to every few hours to help shorten the duration of your cold.
Easy to find at any health store or Whole Foods, Umcka is a homeopathic remedy that can help shorten the duration of your cold. Made from pelargonium sidoides roots, a medicinal plant unique to South Africa, Umcka is a proven natural cold remedy. Start taking Umcka several times a day as soon as your feel a cold coming on and it will help you get over it much, much faster!
Often described as “no joke”, Pursoma’s Hot Tub Bath will help you sweat out toxins and your cold. Made from organic ginger, hand harvested sea salt and untreated clay, this uber relaxing soak helps stimulate circulation, warm you up and restore your body to health. Try this bath soak right before bedtime and you may just wake up feeling much better.
Greens drinks such as Daily Harvest’s Green Monkey, Green Heat, Sweet Basil, and Easy Being Green are loaded with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to fight off a cold. When you have a cold your appetite tends to take a vacation making it hard to feed your body properly. Green drinks are a quick and easy way to ensure you are filling your body up with all the nutrition and hydration it needs to help you heal.
Apple Cider Vinegar
An old folk remedy, Apple Cider Vinegar can help fight off a cold, or relive one if you are already sick. Although it tastes highly acidic, Apple Cider Vinegar is very alkalizing in the body and an alkaline body is unappealing to germs and disease. Try taking a tablespoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar as soon as you feel a cold coming on and you may just be able to prevent getting sick at all! If it’s too late and you are already sniffly take a tablespoon or two a day to help your body fight off the germs. If it’s too potent for you to drink straight try mixing it with a little warm water and stevia or maple syrup.
Elderberries are very high in Vitamin A and C, loaded with antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties making them a great cold fighting tool. Elderberry Syrup is easy to find at most health food stores or Whole Foods. Take a teaspoon every hour or two as soon as you feel a cold coming on and the duration and severity of your cold should greatly decrease. Elderberry Syrup can also be taken preventatively so go ahead and a have some every day this winter!
Dry, winter air can be rough on a cold, especially if you are very congested. A cool mist humidifier next to your bed is a good idea all winter long, and a great one if you have a cold. A humidifier keeps the air moist and helps lubricate your nasal passages and thin out your mucus so you can breathe easier!
Ginger Lemon Tea
A few cups a day of this Ginger Lemon Tea is not only soothing but very helpful at cold fighting. Each ingredient has it’s own health benefit and when combined they make quite the trifecta. Lemon juice is packed with antioxidant rich Vitamin C which is vital to a strong immune system. Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and is also a detoxification aid. Honey has been known to aid in white blood cell production and some say that consuming honey from local bees can even reduce allergies.
- 4 cups of water
- 1/4 cup peeled ginger sliced thin (about a medium knob of ginger)
- 1/4 lemon juice
- 2 T raw honey (local if possible)
- In a small pot bring the water to a boil
- Add the ginger, lemon juice and honey
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes
- Strain into a tea mug and drink immediately
- The remaining tea can be reheated and strained whenever you desire!