5 Natural Cold Remedies to Get You Through the Winter Flu Season
These natural cold remedies will help you combat the common cold!
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You should always consult your doctor when you’re feeling unwell, but there are natural cold remedies you can benefit from when trying to soothe a cold.
From allergies to changes in colder weather, we’re in the midst of the winter flu season, and since being sick is the absolute worst, we are sharing five easy ways to soothe those awful cold symptoms naturally.
Here are 5 natural cold remedies to help you navigate your cold:
1. Gargling salt water will help combat sore throats.
Looking for a way to soothe your throat? Try gargling salt water; simply add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon to a glass of water and gargle the whole glass. According to Mayoclinic.org, this will temporarily relieve any sore or scratchy throat, however, it’s not recommended for young children under the age of 6 as they may have a harder time properly gargling.
2. Try a humidifier to combat dried-out sinuses.
According to John Hopkins Medical, studies show that cold air holds less moisture than warm air. If you’re suffering from a dry nose, whether it be from allergies or something else, this could worsen your nasal passages causing sore throats.
Humidifiers are a great way to release water vapor into the air to release moisture and keep your sinuses clear and far from dryness!
3. Make some chicken noodle soup!
I can’t think of anything more comforting than a bowl of chicken noodle soup, but the benefits go beyond pure enjoyment! According to WebMD and OnHealth.com, studies show that chicken noodle soup is soothing, hydrating, and full of amino acids that will help your congestion.
It’s also anti-inflammatory, which will help with any inflammation your body may be experiencing. Adding some spicy ingredients like ginger, garlic, and turmeric would also be beneficial. Delicious and nutritious! 😋
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4. Indulge in some honey, tea, and apple cider vinegar!
Similar to soup, hot beverages like tea avoid dehydration and help relieve congestion. According to Medical News Today, tea, honey, and lemon equal one of the simplest ways to subside your cold! Teas like chamomile can boost your immune system while fighting infections. If you have a stubborn cough, stick to green tea.
Speaking of tea, try our homemade Starbucks-inspired medicine ball tea recipe.
If you’re looking for an extra boost, Healthline suggests that apple cider vinegar may be what you’re looking for. It’s a natural antibacterial agent that’s filled with vitamins that can even be used to make a homemade cough syrup (1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of natural raw honey). Be sure to run this by your doctor, though, as apple cider vinegar isn’t always compatible with everyone and their symptoms.
Did you know Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory? Combine 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, and the juice of 1 lemon. Microwave for just 20 seconds to melt – it’s yummy and very soothing. I really liked the taste of this one especially if you can’t handle vinegar in the recipe above.
5. Eat foods that contain zinc or take a supplement.
According to Dr. Moday, M.D. of MindBodyGreen.com, zinc is one of the most studied supplements that treat colds. Zinc helps stop viruses from replicating in our body and strengthens our immune system. Tons of food we already love contain zinc, such as lean red meat, oysters, crab, lentils, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds, but zinc pill-form supplements can be taken with food.
EveryDayHealth.com mentions how zinc has tons of other benefits that go beyond the common cold, too, such as childhood growth, clearing up acne, and managing blood pressure. Here’s a helpful list of foods that naturally contain zinc and how much each age group is recommended to indulge in.
We hope you stay as happy, healthy, and positive as possible during this cold season!
Do you have any other ways to relieve cold symptoms naturally? Let us know in the comments!
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