I’ve previously talked about how to prevent colds and viruses at this time of year, but sometimes we also need a few natural remedies to help us when we get a cold, so here are my Top 5 Cold Remedies. This list is by no means definitive, sometimes other remedies are indicated for different people. And sometimes a wet sock treatment or a good old mustard poultice do the trick all by themselves…so no need for any other remedies. But just in case….
These, as always, should be used with a holistic view in-mind. So hydration, diet, stress, emotional well-being, support and exercise all need to be considered. But it’s worth having a few of these on-hand for if and when the colds strike!
1. Sambucol. I first discovered this 5 years ago and have been a fan since. It is made from elderberries extract which are natural anti-oxidants and can be taken by spoon. It is sold in most health food shops, including Holland and Barratt.
2. Manuka Honey. Again, I have been using this on and off for about 5 or 6 years. I swear by it, as it’s anti-viral and bacterial. Take it by spoon (do not put it in hot water, as the heat destroys it) 3 x a day at the onset of a sore throat/cold etc. The higher the UMF factor the better the quality, but just go with what you can afford. It tastes nice so a good one for the kids.
3. Immune Boosting Tea. My university tutor, Auromira, first informed me about this wonderful tea (thanks Auromira!!). Now guys, this isn’t the nicest tasting tea in the world but it does the job brilliantly. I use this just to give me a “boost”, I don’t wait until I get a cold or flu, but it works well at both circumstances.
Half inch fresh ginger
1 onion (red or white)
3-4 garlic cloves (depending on your relationship with garlic, I use more sometimes as garlic is THE best immune booster)
1-2 cups water
Lemon and honey (not manuka, just ordinary honey) to sweeten if desired.
Roughly chop up garlic, ginger and onion and put into a small saucepan with water (just so it covers the ingredients)
Bring to boil and then cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Let it sit for a minute or two.
Strain and then sip the liquid “tea”, add lemon and honey to taste if need be.
Drink as much as possible when under the weather with a cold. Works a treat my friends!
4. Essential Fatty Acids: these are vital for everyday function of every cell in the body, they are also anti-inflammatory and needed for hormone regulation. In the western world we tend to have an unbalance of our fats, consuming too many omega 9 and 6, and becomming deficient in omega 3. So try some omega 3 oil or Udo’s oil (a good ratio of the omega’s) by spoon once or twice a day.
5. Hot water and lemon. As my mum say’s to me “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” or squeeze it into hot water..staying hydrated is essential for a healthy immune system. It also keeps the upper respiratory tract linings moist. Try having a big glass of hot water with a generous amount of fresh lemon squeezed in. Lemon is cleansing and full of vitamin C. This can also be drunk all year round, and is also a great help when trying to reduce your amount of caffeine, but still want the comfort of a hot drink.