Natural Cold Remedies That Actually Work
If you are following me on my instagram (if you are not, you should) you probably know I have been sick. It began as “allergies” and now it has morphed into this nasty dry cough. I am all in for preventing getting sick, but this time it hit me and it hit me hard. Here are some natural cold remedies that have worked for me. Please note, I am not a doctor and everything I share on this blog is based on my own experience, this doesn’t mean you have to do the same.
My least favorite of the bunch, there is something about oregano oil that I highly dislike but it is so effective in helping you fight any virus. Traditional healers since ancient times have used oregano extract as a natural remedy to treat respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, flu, sore throats, and bronchitis. Based on notable research studies, the volatile oils in oregano (thymol and carvacrol) have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties*. Oregano oil is a powerful substance, so it is best to start with the smallest possible dose to see how your body reacts. You can slowly increase the amount you take once you see how your body responds. Please make sure you don’t take more than the recommended amount listed on the package. Also keep in mind that recommended doses can vary between manufacturers. I add a couple of drops to my warm water, lemon and honey. I also like to rub few drops of oregano oil to the bottom of my feet and put my socks on. I feel like it absorbs into my body and it helps to get rid of any virus I may have. find oregano oil here
Ginger root is another favorite of mine for a cough, colds, and sore throat. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat coughs and is also for colds accompanied by a runny nose with a clear nasal discharge, headache, neck and shoulder aches, and a white tongue coating. In Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, ginger is also used for coughing and colds.
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a herb that has a long history of use as a remedy for colds, sinus infections, and the flu. Along with being a supportive agent against the flu, elderberry is well-known in its fight against the cold, particularly related to its vitamin A and C content. You can find elderberry syrup here.
Garlic, yes you heard me garlic! Garlic is one of the more popular home cures for colds. Many cultures have a home remedy for the cold using garlic, whether it’s chicken soup with lots of garlic, a drink made with raw crushed garlic, or if it just involves eating raw garlic, yuck!. The cold-fighting compound in garlic is thought to be allicin, which has demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin is what gives garlic its distinctive hot flavor. To maximize the amount of allicin, fresh garlic should be chopped or crushed, and it should be raw. It’s also available in pill form. I like to crush the garlic and add some honey. It tastes so gross, but it does help a lot when you feel congested.
I hope this information is helpful and don’t forget to rest while you are sick and eat foods that are easily to digest to help your body recover quickly. If you have any other natural remedies that you would like to share with me please drop them down below.
until next time,
Disclaimer: Please note I am not a medical professional, licensed nutritionist, or registered dietician. This blog is a reflection of my own personal beliefs and opinions, based on research I’ve come across in the food and fitness industry. While I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I am not a doctor. Please always consult with your primary physician first before changing your diet, or adding any of my recommended remedies.
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