I make sure I take extra supplements: Vitamin C, B Complex, a probiotic and Zinc. I drink Echinacea Tea. I avoid sugar, fatty foods and dairy. We have all heard how Vitamin C is so good for you! If you don’t want to take a supplement, drink some orange juice. Eating a kiwi, which has more Vitamin C than oranges, is another idea! B Complex is awesome when you are stressed, whether that be mentally, physically or emotionally. The probiotic is key. It provides helpful bacteria to your body to help fight illness. Zinc helps to maintain healthy mucous membranes, sinuses and lungs. It can upset your stomach, so take it with a meal. Echinacea is great keeping your immune system healthy. Sugar and fatty food feeds bad bacteria and makes them grow more. Let me add this about sugar. Sugar is not only cane sugar, but also anything your body sees as sugar: carbohydrates, which is also, potatoes, rice, fruit, pasta etc. Of course, fruit and potatoes are good for you. Just remember, it’s nature’s candy. Read that as nature’s candy, but clearly better than just plain ole candy! Dairy products stimulate mucous production in our bodies. When we get a cold, our bodies are already producing too much trying to rid itself of the bad bacteria.
If it’s winter, avoid cold foods (salads etc.). Cold foods reduce our body temperature. This is awesome during the summer months when we are so hot. Our bodies need warm foods to help keep us healthy during the colder months. They help keep us warm and less susceptible to viruses. That’s why soups and warm sandwiches are so huge! Keep in mind that eating seasonally is excellent. Winter produce helps provide us with the nutrients we need during these cold months. Citrus fruits, root vegetables, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts.
I also rub some lotion on the soles of my feet each night with Rosemary oil, Cinnamon Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Clove Oil and Lemon Oil. You can use my recipe from last week if you like. Omit the lavender and add these instead. Rosemary Oil has antibacterial and antiviral qualities. Cinnamon Oil is antibacterial as well. Eucalyptus Oil is great for coughs, runny noses, fevers. Clove Oil is great for relieving colds. Lemon Oil is antiseptic. Think of all those household cleaners that contain lemon. It’s there for a reason. There is a blend of these essential oils out there called Thieves, if that is easier for you to find!
The Neti pot is also a useful tool to clear out your sinuses. I put a drop of tea tree oil in that to help kill any potential infection. If chest congestion is your arch nemesis, use a humidifier and put tea tree oil in that. Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial, antiviral, kills fungi and yeast. It is all around the best essential oil to have in your house.
Then, I make this. Again, this is filled with nature’s remedies to help bring you back to normal. Coconut Oil boosts your immune system. Local Raw Honey provides B Complex vitamins as well as small amounts of local allergens from your community which helps makes your immune system, as well as minimizing your seasonal allergies in the future. Apple Cider Vinegar is great for sinuses, allergies and general immune care. Garlic is how the hotter countries fight off bacteria. That is why all those countries, traditionally, have spicy foods. They learned that the addition of garlic and hot peppers heated the body and caused you to expel any unwanted pathogens through sweat or a runny nose. Oregano is awesome. It is a complete autoimmune stimulant. Again, a hotter country addition to their diets. Turmeric is a forgotten spice. It is antiseptic with numerous other qualities that can aid your daily life.
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw local honey
- 1/4 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano oil
- Mix thoroughly together.
- Store in an air tight container.
Yields: 1/2 cup
Instructions: Take 2 teaspoonfuls every couple of hours.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nutritionist.*
If any mucous turns green, you have an infection and should see a doctor. If you develop a fever over 101, see your doctor. If your symptoms do not improve within 5 days, remember colds can linger for 14 days, and you have an autoimmune problem, are older than 65, younger than 12 or pregnant, you should see a doctor.