Natural Remedies to Help Ease a Cold
We’re no strangers to the trials of the common cold and while it rarely ever leads to anything serious, a particularly bad bout can render us incapacitated for a couple of days. Next to the aches, runny noses and hikes in temperature that we have to deal with, one of the most frustrating things about a cold is the fact that there really isn’t a hard-hitting cure and most over-the-counter treatments only offer temporary relief.
While it’s absolutely crucial to visit a medical professional if your condition deteriorates, we love these natural remedies as they’re a great alternative to conventional medicines and when paired with plenty of fluids and bed rest, can make a world of difference.
Check out some of our favourite cold-busting remedies and remember to visit Foodsterr on Saleduck a to stay on top of the latest promotions and offers on organic health friendly foods as well as some of the ingredients used below!
Also known as golden milk, this soothing, warming beverage is delicious and loaded with health-boosting goodness. The medicinal benefits of turmeric are endless and this fragrant, earthy spice helps boost the immune system and fight off infections thanks to the high levels of circumin it contains. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used as a natural antibiotic and helps to increase protein levels in the body which defends against bacteria and viruses. To prepare turmeric tea, heat up two cups of nut or dairy milk and add in one teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of maple syrup. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the spices are infused into the milk. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup and serve warm.
Our parents had it right when they used to make us drink gallons upon gallons of steaming chicken soup when we were kids and while we were a lot less appreciative of it then, we’ve truly come to value these sentiments as adults. The slow cooking of chicken bones over a stove top draws out the immune-system boosting nutrients within and breaks them down into a form that can be easily absorbed by the body. Also rich in cysteine which is an amino acid that can help break down mucus and thus clearing out the nasal passages, bone broth alleviates blocked noses which as often the biggest source of discomfort, especially when we’re trying to get some much needed sleep. To make your own batch of this nourishing potion, combine the the carcass of one whole chicken, one onion, two carrots, two celery stalks, a bunch of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage,oregano) and a few peppercorns. Throw it all into a crockpot and cover with cold water. Cook on very low heat for 8 to 10 hours. Strain once it’s done and serve warm. It can be refrigerated for up to three days.
Steam inhalation is one of the most popular ways of opening up congested sinuses and offering immediate relief to blocked, stuffy noses. Aside from its respiratory benefits, steam inhalation also functions as a natural expectorant which helps to alleviate coughs and has proven to improve blood circulation, thereby offering relief from headaches and migraines. We love it because it’s simple to do and effective with results that are almost immediate. Simply boil a few cups of water and then decant it into a heatproof bowl taking care to not fill it to the brim and add in a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils. Next, lean over the bowl and create a tent over your head and the bowl using a towel, breathing in slowly and deeply. You want to do this for about 15 minutes or at least until the water cools. As you’ll be working with very hot water, you want to practice caution to avoid accidentally burning yourself while doing this and for this reason, we also wouldn’t encourage using this form of treatment for young children.
Apple cider vinegar gargle
While this may not be the most pleasant tasting (or smelling) solution, apple cider is well-known for its alkalizing properties which helps to kill bacteria and nasty viruses. Dilute a tablespoon in warm water with honey (also known for its microbial properties which helps to kill bacteria and coats dry, scratchy throats) to make it a little bit more palatable and consume while it’s still warm. If you’d prefer to use this as a gargle instead, you can dilute two tablespoons in half a cup of warm water and gargle twice daily, once in the morning and once before bedtime.