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7 Best Natural Cold Remedies

7 Best Natural Cold Remedies

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We love the power of raw, natural foods and the ability to transform our health on a plant-based diet. That's why we turn to natural remedies to prevent and treat a cold.

7 Amazing Natural Cold Remedies

Stay hydrated

If you are fighting a fever, one of the best ways to squash it is by staying hydrated. Make sure to drink extra amounts of water, herbal teas, and fresh juice when you're feeling under the weather to avoid dehydration. If you're feeling congested, try drinking warm water mixed with fresh lemon juice and honey. 

Peppermint essential oil 

Peppermint is an incredibly versatile essential oil that is known to treat nausea, relieve heartburn, and lower a fever. Try steeping peppermint leaves in warm water to create a delicious healing tea or massaging a few drops of peppermint oil on your hands and feet. 

Fresh ginger root

Ginger is well known for its medicinal properties and has long been used in traditional medicine. Among other health benefits, ginger reduces inflammation, clears congestion and supports the immune system. Try steeping fresh ginger root in warm water to make a tea. It will relieve sinus congestion and do wonders to soothe a sore throat and calm a persistent cough.

Steam and eucalyptus oil

Steam offers the wonderful benefit of warming mucous membranes and encouraging deep breathing, which helps break up congestion inside your sinuses and lungs. When used with steam, eucalyptus oil (a natural antibiotic and expectorant) will leave you feeling less stuffy and able to breathe. 

Garlic

Garlic is an antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial all rolled up into one, which means this plant will stimulate our immune system and help prevent us from getting sick as well as lessen the severity of our symptoms if we do. 

Elderberry

Elderberry is known for its antioxidant properties, which has shown to shorten the duration and severity of cold symptoms and reduce swelling in the sinuses and reduce congestion. 

Rest and recovery 

Good old-fashioned rest seems like a no-brainer, but we often go into denial about being sick and carry on with our busy schedules when in fact slowing down allows our bodies to use our energy to fight off any viruses and heal.  

 

Tell us, what are your go-to cold remedies?

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