Monday, November 23, 2015

10 ways to shorten a cold naturally

Cold season is here and that means that a good bunch of us are going to be sick really soon! If you're anything like me you hate that 'medicine head' feeling that OTC cold remedies give you. I hate it so much I generally just tough it out and wait for the whole thing to pass. I have found several natural options that help me to feel better faster though....and none of them give me that 'wide awake ready to fall asleep' feeling that cold meds do! Give my top 10 natural options a try!


how to get rid of a cold naturally

Raw honey: excellent for fighting infection, honey is a powerhouse when it comes to getting rid of a cold quickly. Raw honey is awesome, and local is even better! (but use what you can get!) Add to teas to soothe a sore throat. I have a friend that swears that eating a tablespoon of honey works just as well as cough syrup for calming a cough. I've tried it and it worked for me too. It coats your throat as it goes down so it also helps with soreness.

Chammomile tea: Relaxing, calming, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, muscle relaxant & antispasmodic. Add some fresh ginger and honey for a soothing tea.

Lemon water: lemon is packed with Vitamin C which your body needs to heal itself and water helps to remove the toxins from your system. Drink hot or cold, whichever you prefer.

Tumeric: anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Helps with headaches, heartburn, pain & infection. I take it in capsule form but you can also buy it in the spice isle. If you're really lucky you can find it fresh!   

Ginger: Has a warming effect causing you to sweat out toxins. The faster you can get rid of the toxins, the better! I also talked about Ginger here and how it used for: upset stomachs, reducing pain and muscle aches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and it inhibits certain bacteria and virus's. 

Garlic: It is a natural antibiotic, an anti fungal and also antibacterial. Lots of people recommend mincing garlic, mixing it in water and chug it down. Still other say to cut the cloves into smaller pieces and swallow whole like a pill (I'm unsure of that one! Seriously...be careful!!!) I buy odorless garlic supplements in capsule form or simply make some type of yummy soup with fresh garlic! 

Tea tree oil: Steam with tea tree oil to help open up congested sinuses. Just boil water in a small pan on the stove. Once boiling, add a few drops of tea tree oil and remove from heat. Lean over it with a towel over your head to hold in the vapors and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. If it feels too hot on your face, let it cool a minute and try again. This will probably cause a slight burning sensation inside your nose when you do it (it always stings to me) but you'll feel less stuffed afterwards. It's said to help sinus infections also.

Eat healthy: I know, I know....the last thing you want when you don't feel good is a salad! I feel you on this one. BUT, if you can manage too add some fresh fruits and veggies to your diet it will definitely help your body to recover faster!

Epsom salt soak: Fill a bath with warm water and add a generous handful of epsom salts to the water and soak away some of the misery! Epsom salts helps detox the body and improve circulation & decrease inflammation.

DIY shower vapor disks

Shower bombs: These awesome bombs made with eucalyptus and tea tree oils  dissolve in the steam of the shower and help you to breathe easier. Simply set one of these on the bottom of your shower stall and let the hot water release the vapors. (careful not to step on them, they're slippery!)
1/2 cup of Baking Soda
1 cup of cornstarch
Small container of Vicks 1.76oz (don't use generic Vicks it's too waxy and won't melt. I know, I tried it)
10 drops tea trea oil
10 drops eucalyptus EO
Mini muffin tin and liners

Combine corn starch and Vicks in a bowl using a plastic spoon.
Add in your baking soda and mix well.
Add both EOs and mix well. The mixture should stick together fairly well. If not, add water a few drops at a time till it starts to stick together.
Scoop the mixture into your muffin liners in a mini muffin tin. Fill each about halfway full.
Tap down with back of spoon to smooth tops.
Warm oven to 200 and turn off. Set trays inside for about an hour.
Take out of oven once dry and store in closed container.

Lastly, I'm going to add an old wives tale. The story goes that way back in the day when someone became ill an onion was cut in half and left on their bedside table overnight. During the night the onion attracted the bacteria and by morning it was black and shriveled and the person was better. Does it work? I've heard yes and I've heard no.....but I find things like this quite fascinating and just couldn't resist adding it in here!

Hopefully these will help shorten your next cold or flu!

~L

I am not a doctor or any other type of health care professional nor do I claim to be. I am not trained in any medical field, I am simply passing on information that has worked for me. If you think you have an illness please do some research and educate yourself before trying any at home cure.

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