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Cold & Flu Survival Kit
5 Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu
These are 5 favourite natural remedies to support and strengthen your body’s immune system health. A cold of flu is a signal to rest and repair, giving the body what it needs to be well. Drugs can suppress symptoms and compromise the body’s own natural healing capacity.
Always handy to have some remedies on hand ready should you or loved ones have a sore throat or sneezy snuffle. Treatment sooner rather than later is always most effective.
1 Herbal Cold & Flu Mix
A herbal tonic can be a very effective way to treat cold and flu symptoms. You can take this as soon as you feel any cold / flu symptoms coming on or as a preventative i.e. if you’ve been around people coughing and sneezing, have kids coming home from school sick!
Try a Herbal Tincture Mix of the following:
- golden seal – tiny amount only
Many health stores have a herbal dispensary and you can probably also ask them to make up something or buy a mix that is similar. Follow dose directions.
Take a day or two before flying and during the flight (in a small bottle so you can take it o the plane) and afterwards depending on where you’re traveling.
2 Hot Drinks of Lemon, Garlic, Ginger and raw Honey
Cut up some of the lemon skin as the pith holds the rich vitamin C goodies
Garlic clove, crushed or chopped
About 1cm of finely grated ginger
A generous dessert spoon of raw honey
You can drink lots of this, help to sweat it out and support your body healing – soothing for mind too.
3 Herbal Teas for Soothing Sore Throats
Add a teaspoon of honey to taste if needed. Gargle and drink 3 x day or as required.
Both thyme and sage have antiseptic properties and if taken soon enough when a sore throat appears can be enough to abate it progressing to a cold or flu.
- Fresh Thyme and Sage tea – make with a few sprigs of fresh herb, sweeten with honey if you wish. Thyme and sage have antiseptic properties and both are fantastic for soothing and healing sore throats
- Ginger tea offers soothing and warming relief as well as helping to lower a fever by encouraging a good sweat
- Liquorice is demulcent – soothing and settling for coughs, comforting and generally energy giving
- Peppermint is cleansing and cooling – great for fevers
Check out SoulFoodTeas Liquorice, Fennel & Peppermint pure organic herbal tea blend to nourish and nurture yourself back to health.
4 Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a real gem; it surrounds a virus – such as flu – and prevents the virus spreading in the body. A teaspoon of apple cider in warm water, with or without honey. Gargle and drink. Apple cider vinegar can also be taken with the herbal tincture – it will taste pretty strong so just down it in one!
If you can buy Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar to ensure the best quality and therapeutic benefits.
Old fashioned steam inhalations take steam and the antiseptic qualities of essential oils deep into the respiratory tract. Very helpful to cleanse any residual infection lingering form colds and coughs.
- a bowl of hot boiled water
- a towel
- add about three drops each of Eucalyptus and Peppermint or Olbas oil (available from health store)
- put the towel over your head – so it’s you and the bowl
- close your eyes and inhale deeply – go slowly if it’s super hot.
- a box of tissues handy for coming up to blow your nose
If using with small children make sure the water is not so hot and that they close their eyes.
Your body will also appreciate . . .
Green & Orange fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Choose lots of dark green leafy greens, orange fruits and vegetables such as pumpkin and carrots. Nutrient rich and cleansing, a light diet rich in fruits and vegetables will help support your body’s natural healing capacity to get well.
Vitamin C supports cell strength making the body more resilient and resistant to invasion from infection. Munching on fresh parsley will give you more than enough vitamin C!
Vitamin A supports mucous membrane health supporting it’s resilience to invasion.
Rest and Relaxation
Ah that is so not possible I hear you say. . . I have a thousand and one things to do. . Sure, I understand. However, you give the body a much harder job to do if you don’t rest. The immune system is busy in action so rest up! Rest and be warm in bed for a day or two. It’s often interesting the insights that appear at such times; a good opportunity to ‘pause rest and be’.
If you need to work then give yourself some quality deep rest and relaxation time when you can. Try resting in Shavasana or plug into the SoulFoodYoga Yoga Nidra download and restore energy.
A few drops of Lavender of Olbas oil on the pillow – watch out for children’s eyes so put Olbas oil on the corner of the pillow especially for children – for a restful sleep and breathe easy.