Colds are the worst! From not being able to breathe to just feeling run-down, colds definitely take a toll on your body. I hear so many people running to the drug store to grab cold medicine off the shelf (EW), when in the long run you’re just filling your body with more sh!t. My friends all know me as the holistic queen, so here are some of my favorite remedies to help ease your cold.
1. OD on Fresh Garlic
I know, this one kind of sucks and your boyfriend may not want to be around you for this. Garlic is a super powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, antibiotic and decongestant properties. While scientists are still unsure exactly what in garlic helps fight a bug fast, allicin is the powerful antibacterial component of garlic. Allicin is only present in raw garlic shortly after it has been crushed. You can legit just chew on raw pieces of garlic or add raw pieces to wellness drinks, salads, potatoes, etc. Just make sure its raw!
2. Echinacea Tincture in Everything
Echinacea has been used for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian Tribes. It contains powerful substances like polysaccharides and flavonoids, which help to boost the immune system. You can buy Echinacea tinctures everywhere, including amazon! I put a few drops in a shot glass with water and pretend like it's my college days.
3. Manuka Honey Allll Day
You all know I love Manuka honey. Manuka is known for its special antibacterial effects and it has legit become a lifesaver for me. It also has soothing anti-inflammatory properties so you can say goodbye to your sore throat! I'll put it in my tea or take a spoonful if my throat is really bothering me.
4. Sweat- Steam Room
Nothing makes me feel better than sweating out a cold out. I wouldn't recommend sweating it out in a workout because you're body needs all the rest it can get when you're sick, so I recommend going to a steam room or creating your own! Honestly, just sticking your head over a bowl of hot water with a towel draped over creates a full on steam room experience so you can get rid of those toxins fast.
5. Congested chest- white vinegar soaked on clean towel and compress
If your chest is congested, my tried and true vinegar compress will help you in no time (thanks mom). Simply soak a clean towel in white vinegar and use that as a compress on your chest. It might be smelly, but trust me- 20 minutes on and off will really help release the tension.
6. Elderberry Extract
Elderberry has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for colds, flu, and sinus infections. It is super anti-viral and may help relieve congestion in your membrane. One study found that it could shorten the duration of flu symptoms after a person gets sick by about 3 days. I love this syrup or gummies for the daytime and this for nighttime to help me fall asleep.
7. Probiotics & Zinc
A day doesn't go by without me taking my probiotics- I swear! By keeping my gut in check, my immune system is one less thing I have to worry about. I highly suggest taking regularly, especially when you’re sick! They help boost the good gut bacteria which fights off all the nasties. Zinc has also been shown to help shorten the duration of a cold by blocking the virus from replicating.
8. Stay Hydrated
Flush it all out!! I am constantly downing liquids when I'm sick. Water helps regulate your body, rehydrate your cells, and loosen mucus. Of course water is my top priority, but I also make wellness tonics loaded with turmeric, ginger, lemon, ACV, and cayenne. Tea is also great! I love making a cup of chamomile with fresh lemon, Manuka honey and crushed raspberries.
This might be the most important of them all. Sleep allows your body to reset and gear up to fight the cold. Good sleep habits can even help prevent a cold in the first place. Sleep is SO underrated! It truly boosts your immune system like nothing else can.