Welp, this is not my second but third time to get sick this winter and when we feel sick there is nothing we want more than to feel better. So, I figured, what better time than now to share some all-natural remedies that I have been using to fight the cold and flu? It’s been almost two years since I stopped taking medications including DayQuil, Tylenol, etc. which are known for being harmful to your liver. Although it may be timelier than just popping a pill, I truly believe in the power of plants and using holistic practices as a way heal your body.
We all know that it’s a good idea to get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water while sick (well always!). Whether you have a cold or the full-blown flu, I highly recommend you try these all-natural remedies to combat your cold and flu! Also, some of these remedies are known to actually boost your immune system so they are very beneficial to you!
Try These All-Natural Remedies to Combat Your Cold and Flu Symptoms
Echinacea: Echinacea is a flowering plant with the popular names of Purple Conehead or Black Eyed Susan. The leaves, roots, and flowers are used to make tea, liquid extracts, and supplements. This tincture is known to effect the immune system by increasing white blood cells. This helps to fight infections and ward off any bacteria.
Essential Oils: Essential oils can treat cold symptoms and even shorten the duration you are sick. I use them a couple of different ways including topically, in the bath, steam inhalation, or as aromatherapy. My favorite oils to use are peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Also, Saje Natural Wellness has two blends, Fortify and Peppermint Halo, that I pretty much bathe in when I am sick.
Ginger + Epson Salt Bath: So this little remedy is a new one I’ve been doing while sick. Ginger baths are ideal ways to sweat out toxins, especially when you don’t have access to a sauna. Ginger is also known as a great decongestant and works to open up the pores releasing toxins. You can use either fresh ginger or ground, but I prefer the powered ginger because it works faster and more effectively. The ginger will make you super hot and you’ll be sweating in no time!
Here is how it works:
-Fill your bath tub with hottest water you are able to stand
-Add 3-4 tbsp ground ginger (or fresh, if you prefer)
-1 cup Epsom salts
-Option to add a few drops of essential oils (I use lavender, peppermint, and rosemary)
-Once the bath is full, submerge yourself into all the way up to your neck. Take it slow because the bath is going to be hot!
Please note: if you have a cold/flu and are already sweating a large amount, a detox bath is not advised. Also if you are feeling weak, if you tend to sweat without much movement, are pregnant or have a liver condition then avoid the bath and consult a doctor.
Veggie or Bone Broth: We all love a good soup when we are feeling like poo! Veggie or bone broth a are great go-to because they clear mucus and open the respiratory system. Also, broths fight against inflammation making them a great cold warrior. I always like to add in some herbs, freshly shaved ginger, and a dash of turmeric to spice things ups a bit and get that extra kick. I recommend making the broth in very large batches when you cook!
Oregano Oil: Studies say that oregano oil can fight infection just as effectively as antibiotics. Oregano oil exhibits strong antibacterial properties and can treat respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, flu, sore throats, and bronchitis. I’ll admit, it does not taste that great but that short suffering is way worth the benefits! I think I may just add this into my daily wellness routine.
These all-natural remedies along with good rest and hydration and you’ll be feeling well in no time! But remember to listen to your body, it may just be time to rest, relax, and appreciate the incredible healing work our bodies are capable of.