Cold and flu remedies can come from nature if we use wisdom and the education passed down to us from generations who survived and thrived before drug stores were invented. Let’s look at a few natural remedies that are simple to purchase and administer.
As you know, I am not a doctor or a health professional. I am simply a thrifty mama trying to find my natural way through this world. Natural remedies are not suitable for everyone. Everyone should consult their health care provider, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, on prescription medication, or have a pre-existing condition that would contraindicate self-medicating.
Echinacea is a flowering plant in the daisy family that is used to increase immune response. People have used all parts of the plant including stems, roots, leaves and flowers to make teas and extracts. Try it in your own homemade cold and cough syrup.
Raw, Local Honey
Honey is loaded with powerful antioxidants in addition to vitamins and enzymes. Raw honey has the added benefits of maintaining the unadulterated antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of honey. Eating local honey daily can prepare your body to effectively fight off seasonal allergies. This long list of characteristics of honey make it wonderful for treating colds, flus, sore throats, allergies, and many other bodily ailments.
Elderberry extract has been shown to stimulate the immune system and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Flu symptoms in clinical studies have diminished in two days when using elderberry extract to treat symptoms.
Garlic carries with it antioxidant properties that can not only prevent colds but shorten their lifespan if used to treat active cold symptoms. These benefits can be seen from eating garlic or taking garlic oil supplements.
Don’t underestimate the power of good rest. Allowing your body’s immune system to fight illness by getting plenty of rest is a number one prescription from doctors and natural practitioners alike. Don’t divert that valuable energy for work or play. Reserve your resources with rest.
Vitamin C may not shorten your cold. And daily supplements will only shorten your cold by a small fraction. However, maintaining your Vitamin C levels can allow your immune system to function optimally. Getting Vitamin C from your food is a much more efficient way for your body to process and use this valuable tool against colds and flus. Try Blueberry Beet Juice or Ginger Sweet Potato juice for delicious ways to eat for your health!