A List of Natural Remedies For A Cold and the Flu

Soon after Christmas, I got a cold. I was so rundown from the holidays that I collapsed into bed one night and could barely move the next morning. Apparently traveling, late nights and a poor diet don’t mix. Despite recently writing an article about how to boost your immune system during cold and flu season, I didn’t follow my own advice. As a result, I was more vulnerable to a respiratory virus that had been floating around. At the first sign of a sniffle though, I started taking some natural remedies for a cold. They worked fast.

My cold only lasted three days, which is incredible. Colds usually last me at least two weeks but this time I really took care of myself. I didn’t bother doing the dishes or cleaning up toys for the hundredth time. I just sat around (which is seriously hard for me to do!!). Aside from resting, I put my crunchiness into full blast and started doing everything I possibly could to get better.

Here are the natural remedies for a cold I’ve found to be most effective and fast-acting.

Warm Lemon Water with Honey and Cayenne Pepper
The warm water really eases a sore throat. The lemon has a ton of Vitamin C, the honey’s antibacterial properties help fight the virus and the cayenne pepper aids blood circulation, so it’s a really effective way to detox your system!

Chest Rub
Some wellness bloggers get a little nuts with their homemade vapor rubs. You don’t need things like beeswax or shea butter. I use two tablespoons of coconut oil and five drops of peppermint essential oil. Since peppermint is pretty strong increase gradually if you want to use more. You can also use rosemary or eucalyptus oil. Store in the fridge or a cooler, dry part of your house so the coconut doesn’t liquify because it will be easier to apply if it’s solid.

Garlic on Your Feet
Not for the faint of heart, I know. I just learned about this one! Mix some mashed garlic cloves and coconut oil and smear it all over the bottom of your feet. Slip on some socks and go to sleep.

Oil of Oregano
You can’t beat this natural remedy. It doesn’t taste so great in liquid form but trust me when I say it’s worth sucking it up and gulping down the recommended dosage. If you find it in pill form, buy about a thousand bottles.

Lotion Under Your Nose.
This won’t really help cut your cold-time in half but it helps the raw skin you get under your nose when you have a cold. I combine avocado oil and some lavender essential oil and apply it around my nostrils to ease chapped skin.

Also, Avoid Dairy and Bananas!
They are both serious phlegm producers.

Luckily, I had all of this on hand so I started using them right away. If you don’t already have them, go get them now. And if you have any other natural remedies for a cold or the flu, please share them with me!

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