April showers bring May flowers, right? Well, they also bring on cold and flu season…
We all know the feeling. You feel great one day, then you wake up the next morning with a little itch in the back of your throat. “Okay, no big deal…” you think, as it disappears throughout the course of your busy day. The next day, you’re overcome by a sore throat, congestion, sneezing, and a cloudy brain on top of that. All you want to do is lay in bed and sleep it off, but you can’t. Work and every day life gets in the way of that. Instead of stopping by the pharmacy and loading up on tons of different medicines to find some kind of remedy you hope will work (with who knows what else it will do to your body), try out some natural, home remedies for a relaxing fix.
Start off your groggy morning by oil pulling with coconut oil. Oil pulling can reduce the germs in your teeth and mouth as the result of saponification, which can help ease your sore throat. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth (like you would with mouthwash) for 10-20 minutes. These 10-20 minutes will give you some time to relax, also. Once you’re done swishing, spit the coconut oil into the trash. Avoid the sink, as the oil will solidify. You’ll want to spit out the mucus that the oil pulling has cleared out in the process, as well as blow your nose. Sipping on an herbal tea with honey will also help soothe your sore throat and offer respiratory support. The calming effects of drinking an herbal tea will make you feel relaxed and better already.
Next up, you’ll need a nice, steamy shower. Add a few drops of lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, and eucalyptus essential oils to a shallow dish. Set the dish in the shower so the oils are added to the steam of the warm water. Let yourself chill out and wash off all the sickness. The antiviral and antimicrobial properties of the tea tree, lavender, and peppermint oils will help fend off the congestion while the lemongrass oil kills bacteria and boosts your immune system.
Continue your day off on the right track by eating oatmeal or muesli with almond milk and fresh citrus fruit for breakfast to ensure you’re getting plenty of vitamin C and nutrients. You may not want to be eating too heavy, so for lunch and dinner, sip on vegetable or bone broth and add a few crackers. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated, also.
Simply taking care of yourself is the key ingredient to avoiding a nasty cold or, if it’s too late, fighting one off. Your body shows you signs when it’s dealing with too much, and getting sick is one of them. Eating healthy, exercising, plenty of sleep, and an overall well-being will save you in the long run!