How to Fight Colds Naturally
To fight colds naturally, you must get prepared before the season starts.
Have you resorted to over-the-counter drugs only because they were readily available in your medicine cabinet?
Do you buy what you were raised on in the moment of need instead of taking the time to prepare using plant extracts?
Do you know what herbs or foods to infuse into your diet to help defend against airborne pathogens?
Don't go through another winter season without the amazing power of nature.
Please note: the information below is not intended as medical advice and should not be interpreted as such. Carefully research for yourself and determine the best option for you and your family.
Bundle Up In the Cold Air
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), our yang meridians converge at the back of our neck, making us susceptible to illness when exposed to cold air. Make sure you bundle up well when it's cold outside. Most importantly, wear a scarf to protect your neck and those delicate yang meridians.
Ginger to the Rescue
Ginger boasts high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other trace minerals. Ginger is also antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and antiparasitic. Raw, fresh ginger is available in most grocery stores in the fresh produce section. A few thin slices of fresh ginger in a cup with boiling water, covered and steeped for 15-20 minutes is a great way to get your daily dose of ginger. Add a spoonful of honey and a squeeze of lemon for a tasty treat that may also help with digestive issues.
Use a Quality, Organic Skincare
Your skin provides protection from your surroundings and is your first defense against the elements. Prevent dry, cracked skin that can expose your system to microbes by using a quality, organic skincare line like Nefertem. A simple tallow soap and moisturizer can provide the necessary fats and vitamins to keep your skin hydrated and strong. We tend to forget how much we ingest through our skin - feed it right.
Oregano Essential Oil to Your Feet
Stock up on some Oregano essential oil, known for its antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties. When you feel a cold coming on, rub some oregano oil on the bottom of your feet (then wash your hands to prevent getting it in your eye by mistake...ouch!)
The bottom of the foot houses many reflexology points that can positively affect the organs and immune system. This is just one reason why application to the foot can be so beneficial for the entire body.
Garlic, Garlic and More Garlic
Garlic is an amazing herb. It has been used for thousands of years to fight infection and prevent colds. Garlic is antibacterial, antifungal and a potent antioxidant. In fact, the plant compound allicin, which helps to give garlic that undeniable odor, is one of the most powerful antioxidants we can consume.
Unfortunately for everyone around you, garlic is most effective when taken raw. Peel one fresh clove of garlic, have a glass of water handy and toss that thing into your mouth. Chew and swallow as fast as humanly possible to avoid the burn. Do this at the first sign of a cold for the best results.
An Elixir From Mother Earth
While nasty as all ever, the following recipe contains ingredients that are as powerful at attacking pathogens as they are on your taste buds.
In a clean, glass jar, combine 1 cup of honey with 1/2 onion sliced thin (any onion will do) and 6 garlic cloves peeled and crushed. Stir, then cover and allow to steep at room temperature for 8 hours. Then, add the fresh-squeezed juice from one whole lemon; stir well. Then, strain the liquid into a new clean glass jar, cover with a lid and store in the refrigerator. Taking a Tbsp of this elixir once a day has helped my family prevent many colds and flues. Use within 6 weeks.
Let Nature Run Its Course
Sometimes our bodies just need to be sick to develop immunity and that's ok too. If the cold or flu you have been exposed to has "taken a hold" of you, let it run its course naturally. Support your body with lots of clear fluids, herbal tea, vitamin c-rich foods and plenty of rest.
Hopefully the above recommendations are getting your mind churning. Prepare your home with the ingredients, do more research on what herbs and foods are best for colds and flues and get ready to fight colds naturally this season!