Natural Cold Remedies

I may not have the key to the streets, but I do have the key to some natural cold remedies! “MAM’s got the key to the sneeze!”…ok, that was pretty bad!

It seems like every single Fall, I’m seated next to someone in my office who brings their kid’s cold in for show and tell! Inevitably, I catch some form of a cold each year; however, over time, I have learned 5 quick at home remedies, and 4 prevention tactics for dealing with a cold. This is the good kind of show and tell! ;) 

Personally, I know a cold is coming when I start sneezing. I will sneeze here and there on occasion, but when I sneeze consecutively for no apparent reason…I know that a cold is brewin’! First thing is first: REST! Cancel your plans, and catch some Z’s if you can. If sleeping is not in the cards, try a calming meditation. Begin to take in as many fluids as your body will tolerate. I try to remove sugar, alcohol, and caffeine when I’m not feeling well. Proactively pausing dairy, citrus, peanut, banana and grain consumption can help reduce the onset of congestion. I don’t enjoy giving a “no-no list,” but sometimes holding off on certain foods/stimulants can naturally assist your body in getting back to its healthy state.

If the ‘itus’ has already hit, here are 5 at home remedies to get you back to living your best life!

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1.     Sore Throat

Make a quick syrup with ingredients from your pantry: Mix together 1/4 TSP of Cayenne Pepper, 1 TSP of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 TBS Water,  and 1 TBS Honey. You can either drink it straight like a shot, or pour it into some tea. 

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2.     Cold

Garlic! Garlic is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Can help kick most illnesses to the curb. SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS - try 1-2 cloves of finely minced raw garlic with a small glass of water - drink quickly

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3.     Immune Boost

Yet another use for coconut oil - melt it into tea or put it in a soup to gently soothe a sore throat. This eases coughing and boosts immunity. 

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4.     Energy Boost

Try skipping the coffee and go for a green juice. The veggies will help to oxygenate the blood creating mental and physical energy. Blend together cucumber, celery stalks, kale, spinach, parsley, 1/4 of a lemon's juice, 1” of raw ginger. Blend and throw it back! 

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5.     Stuffy Nose

Folks use raw ginger to clear a stuffy nose and chest. Boil 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root in 2 cups of water. Strain the ginger and sweeten the water with honey and lemon. Drink a cup every few hours.

Once you have kicked your cold…keep another at bay! Below are 4 cold prevention methods that I use year-round: 

1.     Take Probiotics, Multi-vitamins, Fish Oil, and Vitamin D — those are my top supplement suggestions!

2.     Use Thieves Oil - this oil is fantastic for immune support. It helps support lung function, sinus function alleviates aches and pains, cleans and disinfects the home, as well as purifies the air and eliminates odors! 

3.     Eat LOTS of greens! My Dad used to always tell us to “eat your greens or your butt will sag” when we were little. It makes me laugh now when I think about it, but eating your greens has so many benefits - good derriere included?

4.     Wash your hands - heck! Wash your body! Keeping clean reduces outside germs on the skin. 

Meghan Ann Martin