The flu season is upon us and if you haven’t had your yearly flu shot as yet here are four natural remedies to combat the cold and flu:
1. Ginger Shots
“Ginger is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory superfoods and immune boosters out there.” A shot of ginger can help you with nausea and open up those airways. You can just stir in some ginger powder to lukewarm water along with some fresh lemon juice.
2. Coconut Oil
We’ve all been enjoying the health and beauty benefits of coconut. From cleansing balms to bulletproof coffee is there anything that the supreme coconut can’t do? Well, it also makes for a great antiviral and can help soothe a sore throat and cease an irritable cough. Have a couple of tablespoons with your breakfast or dinner to keep that itchy throat away.
3. DIY Vapor Rub
Natural beauty pioneer Indie Lee created this DIY cold remedy “Many of the vapor rubs on the market today have petroleum as an ingredient, which should be avoided because although it’s good for locking in moisture, this unnatural ingredient forms a seal over the skin so pores can’t eliminate dirt and toxins,” says Lee to Well and Good. Here’s her vapour rub recipe:
1/2 cup of coconut oil
2 Tbsp of beeswax pastilles
20 drops of tea tree oil
15 drops of eucalyptus oil
10 drops of peppermint oil
10 drops of lemon essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of niaouli essential oil
1. Melt the beeswax pastilles in a double boiler.
2. Once the beeswax has melted, add in the coconut oil, and essential oils, and stir until the mixture becomes clear.
3. Pour mixture into a 4 oz. glass jar.
4. Let the mixture cool completely (1–2 hours) before applying.
4. Trusty Vitamin C
Vitamin C has many health benefits and is known to keep away the common cold. Add limes, oranges, grapefruits, leafy greens to your diet for a good source of vitamin C. Every morning try to squeeze in a fresh lemon to your hot tea along with some honey.
Source: Well and Good