COLD & FLU REMEDIES
Natural Methods to Help You Through the Winter
Winter has finally settled in for the long haul and with it comes cold and flu season. If you’re not prepared, the next three or four months may be spent in a pile of used tissues; with flu bugs and viruses running rampant, you have to be ready to fight back!
Of course, the best prescription is prevention, and luckily, there are tons of vegan- friendly ways to boost your immune system so you're ready to take on whatever life throws at you or your little ones.
When all else fails, we have some home remedies to kick that cold once and for all. From apple cider vinegar to elderberry syrup, there are plenty of ways to help your family combat congestion, sore throats and even fevers.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
has long been touted as the Jack- ofall- trades of the kitchen pantry. Not only can it be used in cooking and in your beauty routine, this little gem can save you from winter bugs as well. The vinegar creates an alkaline environment that helps kill harmful bacteria and viruses. Simply mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in four ounces of water and drink it down. It can also be taken straight, but that is not for the faint of heart! For some, it can be hard to swallow, but the benefits are definitely worth it! For the best results, drink it in the morning before eating any food.
is one of the world's oldest methods of healing. Developed over 3,000 years ago, the practice is based on the idea that one's body, mind and
spirit need to be balanced in order for a person to be healthy. Ayurvedic tea, made of spices, dried Tulsi tea and water, has been proven to help bring down the chills associated with colds and fevers. According to Ayurveda, in some cases, the common cold or flu comes from an imbalance of energy in the body. The disconnect results in excessive mucus and the chills. Ayurvedic tea uses warming herbs and spices to combat the mucus and rebuild your gastric strength. You can buy it pre- made or make it yourself.
Ayurvedic Tea Ingredients:
• 1 quart boiling water
• 2 Tbsp ginger, thinly sliced
• 2 tsp fresh turmeric, grated
• 1- ½ tsp coriander seeds
• 1- ½ tsp cumin seeds
• 1- ½ tsp fennel seeds
• 3 tbsp loose Tulsi tea
• Agave syrup, to taste
• Lemon juice, to taste
Steep the tea and spices in boiling water and l et sit for 5 minutes. Strain the spices, add in the lemon juice and agave, and enjoy!
has become quite popular over the past few years as a magical cure- all, and for good reasons! Elderberries are rich in flavonoids, a strong antioxidant, that help to support the immune system and boost the body's immune response. The berries also have anti- inflammatory properties and are thought to contain antiviral agents. In addition to speeding up the recovery time of a cold or flu, elderberry syrup has been shown to ease the symptoms of UTIs and bladder infections. It aids in digestive health and can even be given as a form of relief from seasonal allergies, particularly hayfever. Elderberry syrup is widely available both online and in health food stores, or find some elderberries and make your own! It is important to note that many store- bought brands contain honey, so read labels carefully.
Eldeberry Syrup Ingredients
• 1- ½ cup fresh elderberries
• 4 cup filtered water
• 2 tbsp ginger root, grated
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp cloves, ground
• 1 cup agave syrup
Add the elderberries, water and spices to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and let the mixture reduce by half, this will take about an hour.
Remove from heat and let cool. Carefully mash up the berries and strain the liquid into a bowl.
Stir in the agave until it is well- incorporated.
Pour into a jar and store in the fridge. Use as needed.
EPSOM SALT BATHS
are a great way to draw out toxins and get a hit of magnesium all in one relaxing soak. Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years to soothe aches and pains, relax t he ner vous system, heal minor cuts, and you guessed it, treat colds and congestion. Epsom salt is most easily absorbed through our skin when it has been dissolved in warm water - like in a bath - so take a long soak to reap all of the benefits. The magnesium found in Epsom salt also helps the brain produce serotonin, which is a mood elevator that helps you feel calm and relaxed.
There are so many ways to fight off the cold and flu without over- thecounter medications. With proper nutrition and a little help from holistic herbs and spices, you'll be ready to take on those nasty winter bugs whenever they hit! ◆