The cycle of runny nose, body aches and endless coughing is everyone’s worst winter nightmare. It’s even more frustrating to run and fill your body with pills and medication and just wait for them to magically cure you. The matter of whether or not to take medicine has been a debate for quite some time, and many modes of alternative medicine have been on the rise. Whether you believe in medicine, take medicine, or don’t, we can all agree that our beautiful mother nature has provided us all with plenty of gifts to help us fight our colds and get back to normal.
Ginger is the mother of all natural remedies. Add a few slices of raw ginger to boiling water and you’ll start feeling it soothes your throat and cough. Research has found that just as little of one gram of ginger added to your diet, can help defend the body from feelings of nausea that are very common in people suffering from influenza.
The most common household staple. Honey has soothing, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help ease the itching of a sore throat as well as speed up the healing. You can have one spoon straight up or mix it in your tea or milk. A study conducted to explore the effect of honey on the severity of cough symptoms, showed that there was a major improvement in the participants who were given honey at bedtime to help with the cough. Remember to have your spoonful of honey every day when fighting off a cold or sore throat.
Mixing half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water can help soothe sore throats and kill the bacteria in it. Mix this solution and gargle it every few hours to help keep your throat soothed, free from bacteria and ease nasal congestion. In a research conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, they found that gargling saltwater is effective in preventing upper respiratory tract infections among healthy people.
Chamomile tea is one of the oldest medicinal herb used for sore throats as it has a natural soothing effect. It’s used due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. One study of the many benefits of chamomile showed that it can help with the healing of the common flu, sore throats and inflammation.
Garlic has antimicrobial properties that help fight the common flu and can also aid in preventing colds in the first place. A study conducted on the use of adding a garlic supplement to your diet to help reduce the symptoms of colds, found that people who took garlic every day for three months, compared to a placebo group, endured fewer colds.
Oranges, Limes, Grapefruits and Leafy greens. Vitamin C is present in so many of our foods and has even more benefits to our body. Adding lemon to hot water or tea can help reduce phlegm when you’re dealing with a cold. Add a spoon of honey to your lemon mix or orange juice and you have yourself a super drink to help fight any cold.
Chicken soup has crossed the test of time and culture as every mom’s favorite flu-remedy! Sipping on warm liquids can be very soothing to the throat and could help ease congestion. Chicken soup, in specific, has many essential nutrients and vitamins that help fight off a cold. It’s also good for restoring energy levels that are usually low during colds. For optimum results, make your own chicken soup at home using fresh, organic ingredients, and be sure to add lots of vegetables!