Cold And Flu Natural Remedies

Maintaining and having a healthy body does not mean that you never get a cold.

The fever, cough and mucus are actually the way that your body fights off pathogens. For example, your body will produce more mucus in order to move more white blood cells to a specific area. However, we can all support our body through that process by giving it a natural boost.

We should always have a few items in our “medications” drawer all-year round. You really shouldn’t be waiting until you get sick to then start purchasing all of the products you need. I’m always making sure I’m fully stocked so if I ever catch a cold or any of my family members does, we can start working on it straightaway. Better safe than sorry right?


1. Fast

If you wake up with the symptoms commonly associated with colds such as a blocked nose, cough or sore throat, it might be a good idea to avoid eating.

Remember, around 20% of our energy goes towards digestion; this means that your body will shift the energy towards the immune system while you are fasting.

However, make sure you’re keeping your body hydrated. Sip on herbal tea during the day and if you’re hungry at dinner, stick to an easily digested meal (i.e. vegetable soup).

2. Hot bath

When you catch a fever, one of your body’s natural responses is to produce heat to kill off a virus. This is why having a hot 30-minute bath is a great idea as it increases your body temperature and therefore aids in killing the virus.

3. Manuka honey

Manuka honey has been used as a medicine for many years in Ayurveda. Not only is it a powerful anti-bacterial but it also has strong anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

4. Vitamin C, D and Zinc

Now is the time to increase your nutritional intake from these three. It has been shown in numerous studies that when it comes to boosting the immune system, vitamin C, D and zinc are second to none.

5. Oregano oil

Oregano oil is one of the most powerful herbs out there. It contains some very potent healing compounds such as carvacrol, thymol and terpinene, making it an excellent product to fight off viruses and bacteria.

6. Elderberry

This herb has been proven numerous times to reduce the length and severity of the flu virus. It is a potent anti-virus and has been shown to block key viral proteins responsible for the entry of viruses into the cells.

I recommend implementing a few of these during the days that you feel run down for the best results. Ideally, continue taking them for an extra couple of days (even if you feel better) to make sure you fully recover. Start stocking up on these now!

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