It’s that time of year. Unfortunately, cold season doesn’t play fair. Your cold comes on suddenly, usually without any sort of warning. One minute you feel like running through a field of tulips and butterflies and the next minute you feel like you have fallen through a pot hole on your way to so-called tulip field. You probably don’t have time to be sick. After all, you probably didn’t block off any sick days on your calendar. The cold season doesn’t wait for us so prepare yourself to fight back with these wonderful natural remedies.
Gargling with warm, salty water is a wonderful way to soothe a sore throat. The salt water works by flushing the bacteria that is living in your throat while also relieving inflammation and loosening thick mucus (which most of us are accustomed to when sick).
Seriousy. Isn’t resting so overrated? Not really. Resting while you have a cold is one of the best things you can do for your body. Your body needs to focus its energy on getting you better, not getting you out of bed and to work. So just take a sick day. Trust us: the world won’t end if you miss a day or two of work. Not to mention, your counterparts probably won’t want to be around you once they hear you cough or sniff or sneeze. Colds can hit you like a ton of bricks, especially when you felt fine hours earlier. Trust your body and allow it to work its magic in peace.
This liquid gold is one of the best cough suppressants I’ve ever used. It instantly soothes a tingly throat and its benefits can last for hours. A few spoonfuls before work will usually last all day long. Unlike traditional cough suppressants, you don’t have to worry about consuming any unknown substances. As an added bonus, honey doesn’t taste like fake cherries or mysterious grapes. If the idea of swallowing spoonfuls of raw honey is just gag-worthy, try mixing a few spoonfuls into your favorite tea. The benefits may not be as great, but you may feel some relief. I’d recommend using 100% raw honey to be sure you aren’t consuming any added ingredients.*
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is like a cure-all in our home. Gargling with ACV and water soothes your sore throat since the germs can’t survive in such an acidic environment. Be careful to not gargle too much, however, since the acid in the ACV can wear down your tooth enamel. Drinking a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water is a great way to clear up any nasal congestion. The amino acids in the acv will also give you a boost of energy in case your cold has you feeling sluggish.
Garlic and onions have become a staple in our home. We use them regularly in our home cooking and in our cold remedies since they work wonders on the common cold. We can always tell when someones caught a cold by the distinctive garlic broth smell that radiates throughout the house. The allicin in garlic is thought to be the compound that fights the cold, the same ingredient that gives garlic its distinctive “garlicky” flavor. Add crushed, raw garlic and onions to boiling water and boil until onions are clear. Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper and drink up! The flavor takes some getting used to but the duration of your cold will be shortened dramatically!
Keeping your body hydrated while you are sick is crucial. Fever, diarrhea and vomiting deplete the water in our precious bodies. Dehydration can have negative impacts on both our mental and physical capabilities, which is why it is important to stay hydrated. Since you may not be eating as much, your body isn’t able to collect as much water from your food, further depleting your hydration levels. As soon as you notice you are not feeling well, keep your eye on your water intake. Be sure you are getting down as much water as you can (around 2 L a day) for optimal benefits.
Before you stock up on your Nyquil and Dayquil this cold season, take a gander at zinc gluconate, also known as Cold Eeze. This throat lozenge uses zinc gluconate to release zinc ions into the body to shorten your cold. How does it work? The zinc gluconate in the lozenge prevents the cold virus from binding and replicating, hence shortening your cold. The lozenges don’t taste the best, but they work and are free from any artificial colors or preservatives. When taken at the onset of your cold, zinc gluconate may reduce the duration of your cold by a few days.
A homemade ginger tea works wonders relieving congestion and a sore throat, while supporting your immune system. To make a wonderful ginger tea at home, start by bringing a pot of water to a boil and adding a few slices of fresh ginger, lemon and cinnamon. Allow the mix to simmer on low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add in raw honey.
*Remember to never give honey to a child younger than age 1.
**These tips are simply guidelines, not to be used in place of your doctor’s recommendations.
Peace, Love & Coconuts!