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First, I’d like to start by saying I am not a doctor or naturopath, nor do I have any qualifications to make any actual medical recommendations. Don’t take this as medical advice, y’all. If you’re super sick, take your normal medicine.
That being said, I would also like to make it known that I’m no hippie. All of these suggestions were once forced upon me by my well-meaning mother and were initially approached with a very skeptical mind, and very sensitive taste-buds. So, there’s no ‘placebo effect’ happening here, and I promise that none of this will taste super gross. They genuinely worked, and impressed me enough with their results that I’ve decided to stick with them throughout the years.
And now, the natural cold remedies you all came here for:
1. Oregano Oil
Sounds weird and kind of unappealing, I know. But I promise its not so bad. It’s best used as soon as you notice any symptoms to improve your immune system in its time of need – sometimes, that cold won’t even develop at all! I would recommend taking it in capsule form (easily swallow-able), but you can also buy it in liquid form and use 2-3 drops of it in some water and take it like a shot. The only downside to this is that sometimes the oil can get on your throat and that will burn a little, the way an actual shot of alcohol might. The one I use is this Holista Organic Oregano Oil, but you can also find it at your local health store.
2. Bee Pollen
If you do nothing else, do this one. Seriously. It is probably the best kept secret to health in the winter time. Though more of a prevention method than a remedy, taking half a teaspoon of bee pollen with some warm water as soon as you wake up every morning will not only give your immune system a serious boost, but will also raise your energy levels. After taking it for just a few days, you’ll wake up with an unexpected spring in your step in the morning.
3. Ginger Tea with Honey + Lemon
Maybe you’ve heard of this golden trio before. Sure, the taste of ginger might not be everyone’s cup of tea (aha, see what I did there?) but even if it’s not a favourite, its sure to warm up your insides and calm you down for some rest. The added bonus of honey and lemon both improves the flavour and adds more immune-boosting goodness.
4. Neti Pot
Hear me out on this one, because it’s the weirdest. You basically take warm, salty water and pour it in one nostril and out the other. It’s probably the last thing you want to do when your sinuses are congested and the nose-blowing never ends, but that’s what this is for. It clears your nose so you can breathe again. You can buy a Neti Pot and special salt, and it comes with full instructions on how to do this, and there are also videos online. I use this Himalayan Chandra Ceramic Neti Pot, and this Himalayan Institute Eco Neti Salt.
Have you tried any of these? What natural cold remedies do you use? Let me know in the comments below!