Natural Remedies For The Common Cold

Natural Remedies For The Common Cold

I was sick with an upper respiratory infection last week and felt like death. My daughter was sick too AND got her second tooth. It was my first time being sick and having to care for a teething baby… I think it might be God’s way of torturing us. We survived, but I’m never getting sick again.

When the weather changes it’s so much easier to spread germs. You’re more likely to be in a confined space with less outdoor time, plus germs live longer in cooler weather. So wash your hands, cover your mouth, and try these 5 things if you get sick!

Here are a few ways to beat your cold as fast as possible.

  1. Sweat it out.

    Take a steam shower or a really hot shower. Put eucalyptus essential oil on a washcloth and breathe into it. Or you can rub it into your chest with coconut oil while in the shower.

  2. Thieves tea.

    A friend of mine made this tea for me at the peak of my illness. It’s delicious and cleared my sinuses so fast I may owe her my life. It uses thieves essential oil, which is a combination of lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, clove, and rosemary.

    RECIPE:

    3 drops of thieves essential oil

    3 drops of lemon essential oil

    1-2 tablespoons of honey (optional)

    1 cup of hot water

    You can breathe again. You’re welcome.

    Side note: I recently learned you can take thieves essential oil and combine it with aloe vera and water to create your own natural hand sanitizer. Ok, carry on.

  3. Ginger bath.

    Grate 1/4 cup of ginger into a gallon of water and let steep for 15 minutes. Add it to a hot bath and soak. You can add deep breathing or breath of fire (explained below in #4) while in the bath as it can improve circulation and help clear the lungs.

  4. Kundalini yoga.

    Kundalini yoga naturally keeps your lymph flowing and strengthens your immune system.

    -Order up a combo of #3 and #4: Totally submerge yourself in a very hot tub of water. Inhale, exhale, hold the breath out, and pump the navel point 26 times.
    Repeat this for 15 minutes. Then take a lukewarm shower, and wrap
    yourself up in blankets for 1-2 hours.

    -You can try breath of fire to help detoxify and boost your immune system (exception: don’t do breath of fire if you are pregnant or on your period).

    Breathe in and out through the nose and pull your abdomen in during the exhale, and press it out during the inhale. Imagine your belly fills up with air during the inhale and use your abdominal muscles to push the air out during the exhale.

  5. Avoid antibiotics.

    I know it feels terrible to be sick and you may think antibiotics will help you kick your upper respiratory infection faster, but most upper respiratory infections are viruses and don’t respond to antibiotics.

    Rest, eat well, boost your immune system naturally. If you are still sick after 7-10 days, have white spots on the back of your throat, a persistent fever, ear pain or another chronic condition (like asthma or diabetes) see your care provider.


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