Home Remedies for the Common Cold
We've all heard the basics - lots of fluids and plenty of rest. I'll be the first to admit that usually, this doesn't seem like enough. Fortunately, there are plenty of home remedies that help speed up the healing process. Below are 10 of my tried and true methods.
1) Humidifier. I swear by my humidifier when I'm sick! At first, I tried it on a whim not knowing if it would even do anything. When I woke up the next day able to breathe significantly better, I knew my instincts had been correct. There's a reason for this, though! Congestion occurs when the nasal passages are dehydrated, and the humidifier helps to get them back on track. I try to keep mine as close to my face as possible, so I keep it on my nightstand. The one pictured below is the one I have. You can also drop essential oils into it, and it has 7 different LED lights to choose from!
2) Epsom Salt Bath. Until recently, I always thought these were recommended only because they felt good! Turns out, there are actually some pretty cool benefits. According to Dr. Theresa Ramsay, Epsom salt acts as a catalyst for a process called vasodilation, which increases the white blood cell count and in turn fights the illness quicker. You can find Epsom salt at any local pharmacy or grocery store, but if you're like me and prefer to online shop I've dropped a link below (my favorite is Eucalyptus!)
3) Elderberry. I don't know where I've been, but this is just something I learned about this year. If you're like me, you didn't know about this amazing vitamin that is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. You can throw it into your everyday vitamin rotation, or you can wait until you're feeling symptoms and kick up the dosage.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey. I'm not going to lie to you - this one isn't pleasant. You'll need a glass of warm water, 1 tablespoon of ACV and some honey (I use quite a bit to help with the taste). Mix the three and drink 2-3 times a day. The ACV rebalances the PH levels in your body, essentially making it an unsuitable environment for infections and viruses. Honey not only soothes a sore throat, but it also has antiviral properties.
5) Ginger. Another not-so-pleasant remedy if you're going to ingest it straight up. However, I recommend using it in a soup recipe. Not only will it aid in the flavor, you'll also benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties.
6) PhoneSoap 3. We wash our hands regularly - and especially when we're sick - to fight off germs and infection. Since we take our smartphones with us everywhere, it's important to give them the same treatment. PhoneSoap's UVC technology is clinically proven to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria.
7) Oscillococcinum. I don't even know how to pronounce this. All I know is that it works and that's good enough for me! This homeopathic medicine temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms like body aches and headaches, fever, chills, and fatigue.
8) Essential Oils. I used to work for one of the largest essential oil distributors in the US. Because of this, I was constantly able to experiment with the hundreds of essential oils available to me to see what worked and what didn't. A few of my favorites were peppermint, frankincense, and eucalyptus. There are so many ways to use essential oils, but I usually will drop a few drops of eucalyptus into my humidifier and then topically apply peppermint and frankincense. The best place to apply essential oils is - believe it or not - the bottoms of your feet. That's where the largest pores on your body are!
9) Black Pepper. Another strange concoction! You'll need 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and a glass of lukewarm water. Mix the two together and drink! Black pepper helps to "stem the flow of mucus" and offers relief from throat pain and coughs.
10) Stay Warm! This one is pretty simple and easy. Layer on the socks and jackets and blankets! According to WebMD, staying warm will help your body "direct its energy toward the immune battle."
Do you have any awesome home remedies? Share with us below!