Natural Remedies For Cold and Flu Symptoms
It’s easy to forget how catastrophic being sick is until the day comes when you’re laid up in bed with nothing but reruns of ‘Friends’ and a box of tissues keeping you company. Besides the obvious indicators of oncoming sickness, the guilt we carry from bailing on work or other responsibilities will only exacerbate those symptoms. Next time you start to feel that tickle in the back of your throat, think twice before grabbing some over-the-counter panacea. There’s several natural remedies that work to alleviate symptoms quickly and effectively without any sketchy ingredients. Using holistic recipes will allow your body to become naturally stronger and more capable of fighting off future illnesses.
Eucalyptus Salve – Coughing and chest congestion got you down? Craft your own version of Vicks Vapor Rub by combining grapeseed oil and beeswax in a double boiler. Add in the remaining ingredients once the beeswax has fully dissolved and transfer to sterile containers.
½ Cup Grapeseed Oil
10 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
2 Tbsp Beeswax
1 Tsp Vitamin E
Charcoal Juice – Depending on the sensitivity of your taste buds, you make want to take this nutrient-packed juice as a shot. It sure packs a punch and will quickly ease sore throats while pulling other harmful toxins out of the body. Simply combine the following and .. Bottoms up!
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tsp Activated Charcoal
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Orange Juice
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
½ Tsp Turmeric
½ Tsp Cinnamon
Cold and Flu Syrup – This DIY concoction tastes delicious and will surely ease your symptoms while giving your body the boost it needs during cold and flu season. Combine the following, minus the honey and lemon, with 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Let simmer until about half the liquid is gone and strain. Add in the lemon and honey and stir until well blended. Take 2 tablespoons morning and night while symptoms persist. Feel free to take some liberties with the recipe and add in Tumeric, Elderberries, or anything else that floats your boat.
1/4 cup Marshmallow Root
1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 cup Honey
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Ginger Root
Yoga to Ease Congestion – Even when the last thing you feel like doing is any physical activity, yoga can be a useful tool for hurrying a cold along. Postures that open the chest are wonderful for releasing congestive pressure, while inversions help clear the sinuses. Below are a few positions that could offer relief during sickness and some tips for how to safely enter and exit them.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose) – Begin on your knees with toes tucked and spine straight. Let your your palms find the small of your back with fingers facing up. On an exhale begin to slowly lean back into your hands. If this feels like enough, stay! Otherwise, bring your hands to your heels or ankles one at a time while keeping your hips forward. If it’s comfortable for the neck, let the head relax back, otherwise keep the neck neutral. When you’re ready to exit the posture, slowly come up one vertebra at a time and allow to head to rise last. Take a moment to rest in child’s pose to counter the back bend.
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) – Start by lying on your belly with arms out to your sides and your forehead resting on the mat. Bend at the knees and grab ahold of the outside edges of the feet or ankles, using a yoga strap if necessary. On an inhale press both feet into the hands to lift your chest off the mat. Relax any unnecessary struggle in the chest and allow yourself to open across the shoulder girdle. After a few deep breaths, slowly release back down to your belly and move the bent legs in a windshield wiper motion.
Sirsasana (Headstand Pose) – If this posture isn’t part of your practice yet, try resting on your back with both legs up the wall instead. There’s a variety of options for creating a stable base for headstand, so find what works best for you. One method for entry is to begin seated on your heels and interlace your fingers, leaving a little extra space between the pinkies. Lean forward and place your forearms on the mat, keeping your elbows tight. Find that little flat area on the top of your head and place it on the mat right behind your clasped hands. Allow your hands to support the back of your head as you hinge forward and begin to straighten your legs. From here you could pike up with legs straight, or bend the knees into your chest before straightening. Hold for as long as you’re comfortable and remember to keep breathing. When you’re ready to come down you can bend the knees and slowly lower, pike the feet to the mat, or bring one leg down at a time. Take it back to child’s pose while you adjust to being right side up again.