Why do we need cold remedies? Nothing is more miserable than a cold! Wellll, maybe a few things. But a common cold can knock you flat on your back, and if not, it can make you a walking miserable mess.
I have found that the very best defence against a cold, or any sickness really, is to boost the immune system - not just during cold season but as an every day strategy.
How do we boost our immune system?
Can simple remedies help? Here are some logical and amazingly simple ideas.
Cold Remedy #1.
Watch what we eat. Okay, be logical here. Of course, our first line of defence is to be selective about what we eat. Healthy eating should always be our goal.
Cold Remedy #2.
Exercise is Essential. Our bodies are meant to move. When we sit at a desk or in front of a TV all day our cells are deprived of the oxygen that they need to produce the white blood cells that are needed to fight disease. We need exercise. We need to be sure that we daily do something fun.
Cold Remedy #3.
Don't forget sleep. Our bodies needs seven to eight hours of sleep to be fully recharged. If it isn't possible to get that much sleep get as much as you can. Being deprived of sleep not only makes us feel miserable but it also breaks down our immune systems. It is then that colds are going to get us. Natural sleep remedies are often very effective.
Cold Remedy #4.
Don't eat list. When we do catch a cold - or when it catches us! what we don't eat is equally as important as what we do eat.
Some of the things you should eat are:
Add 3 1/2 cups of water. Bring it barely to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 15 minutes. When it cools just a bit strain it through a strainer - I like to use cheese cloth, too, cause then I can pick it up and squeeze out all the goodness.
Then add lemon juice from half a lemon.
Add to this honey - as much as you like.
Drink a cup now and drink more later. It is delicious.
I have used ginger tincture when traveling but you can find ginger root in any grocery store, so I like to make it fresh.
Cold Remedy #5.
Eat Garlic. It is antiviral, antibiotic,and antiseptic and has been used forever to maintain and restore health and to lower cholesterol. Some people like to eat it raw - but be warned that it is hard on your stomach and can cause you to vomit. You may have to work up a tolerance.
Here are some fun ways to eat garlic that are easier on the stomach and modify the taste:
Cold Remedy #6.
Echinacea. Take small doses frequently of tea or tincture at the first sign of a cold or the flu. It needs to be administered upon the first feelings of sickness.
Important: The effectiveness of Echinacea is lessened with continuous use. Use it in cycles - 5 days on, 2 days off, and it will work better.
There are lots more herbal remedies for colds. I have favorite syrups, tinctures and lozenges for sore throats. Also cough home remedies that are great. We even have a page on ear aches. Join me for more natural remedies.
"Thanks Dude. This really helped my cold and swollen glands." - Dave
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