Cold and flu season is back once more, and many of us have already started suffering from the symptoms of the common cold. When the seasons change from summer to winter, our bodies become more susceptible to disease and viruses such as the common cold and influenza (flu), which swoop in and take advantage. If you want to stay healthy and sniffle-free this winter, there are a few things that you can try.
Today, I’m specifically taking a look at natural ingredients and cold remedies that will help you get over and prevent a cold without reaching for paracetamol or cannabis edibles for help. These are the top remedies you need to know, in order to ready yourself for the cold and flu season.
1. Gargle with salt water
Salt water, or saline solution, is the best remedy for cleaning out your throat and getting rid of tough mucus. When you suffer with a sore throat, it’s because your cells are bursting in your throat and your body is fighting back. To aid your troops in their war against the virus, gargle some salt water to help clean out cell debris and mucus, as well as draw virus cells out of your throat. Do this as soon as you start feeling sick, twice a day until you are better!
Honey not only tastes amazing, but it has some effective properties for fighting illness. Due to the dense texture of honey, it is wonderful for coating the throat and keeping it soothed. Swallowing either a tablespoon of honey or a honey and lemon mixture will coat the throat and suffocate virus cells to prevent them from spreading. Taking this a few times a day will aid in your recovery and will make a huge difference to you.
3. Ginger Shot
Ginger is a spice that is often used in medicine due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is effective in reducing swelling both inside and outside of the body and can make a world of difference to you when suffering with a cold. N0t only will the strong flavour of ginger be something that you can taste, but it will help to reduce throat swelling and congestion, thus allowing you to breathe more easily. Take ginger minced up in water as a shot for a powerful boost to your immune system. This is also a good preventative measure, as well!
4. Elderberry syrup
Elderberry is one of those fruits that is often forgotten and taken for granted, but it is a great berry to enjoy for all occasions. Elderberry has lots of vitamins and antioxidants to help your body fight back against colds, and it has proven to shorten the length of a cold or the flu. Take elderberry syrup every day until you are feeling better once more.
Have you ever noticed that when you feel down in the dumps, you crave garlic? The reason for this is that garlic is an incredible pick-me-up and it is packed with antioxidants as well as vitamin C. It also has powerful antibacterial properties and can be taken in meals to bring out a delicious flavour, as well as help you to fight your cold.
With the cold and flu season returning just around the corner, it’s high time that you knew the natural way to give it the boot! These 5 natural remedies for beating the cold and flu season are sure to come in handy in the coming months, and will keep you healthy and functioning at 100%.
What are some natural ways that you help prevent colds and flus in advance? How about ways in which you naturally treat it once they’ve set it? Let us know in the comments below.