Winter is really and truly upon us, which also means it’s cold and flu season. Not to mention all the nasty tummy bugs that are going around.
But if you’re like us, you prefer a more holistic, natural approach to boost immunity and ward off sickness. So we have searched the inter-webs and found the best 9 Natural Remedies to boost your immunity and ward off sickness. Click the purple links to find out more information on each remedy!
Hot lemon and honey drink by Super Healthy Kids
This one is a simple, yet highly effective remedy. It is so quick and easy to whip up, and instantly soothes a sore throat. Plus, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Super Healthy Kids say: It is so simple that even when you are in dire straits you will be able to make this. The honey is sweet and the lemon provides the refreshing zing of citrus. Next time you are feeling under the weather, make up a mug and cheers to better health!
We have found this drink works best when you use freshly squeezed lemon juice and raw, organic honey. You can swap the organic honey for Manuka Honey for an even more potent health dose. We like to add some freshly grated ginger too!
2. Broth by Sarah Wilson
We’ve included the link to Sarah Wilsons page where she tells you how and why you should make bone broth! Why should you drink it? Basically it is just so full of goodness! It is amazing for our immune system, which will help ward off sickness. After a tummy bug, drinking a cup or two of bone broth per day will help rebuild your gut lining. If you have a cold, the nutrients in the bone broth will help fight the infection and inflammation.
Sarah Wilson says: Our immune systems love it. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals, which are easily absorbable, thus assisting the immune system.
We love to drink it hot, in a mug like a “brothee”. If this is not for you, never fear! You can add broth to many recipes as a stock.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Gargle by Home Remedies for Life
This may not be the most pleasant experience, but it is worth it! Similar to a salt gargle, an apple cider vinegar gargle alkalises the body and helps kill viruses and bacteria. Gargling on the hour can reduce your sore throat symptoms drastically.
Home remedies for life says: Apple cider vinegar is a natural expectorant, which means it loosens and thins the phlegm in your throat, making it easier to breath and swallow. It’s bacterial properties enable it to fight the infection that causes sore throats.
If you don’t feel like gargling, you can kick start your day with an Apple Cider Vinegar and water drink!
Make sure the Apple Cider Vinegar you buy contains the ‘mother’ ingredient.
4. Homemade Cough Drops by the Coconut Mama or Healthy Holistic Living
Looking for a cough drop to soothe the throat without all of the sugar and chemicals? We found two great DIY cough drop’s recipe’s with only 3 ingredients – coconut oil, honey and cinnamon!
Healthy Holistic Living says: At the first sign of a sore throat many people take powerful lozenges which are not only pumped full of chemicals, but also do nothing to treat the real cause of a cough.
Coconut Mama says: Made with natural ingredients like raw honey which is known to help suppress coughing and immune boosting coconut oil you can’t go wrong with this natural alternative! The lauric acid content in coconut oil kills off bad bacteria and viruses helping to ward off future infections, and the honey is full of powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties which, aside from its soothing texture, can help you fight colds even before they fight you!
5. Cold Busting Coconut Gummies by the Cooks Pyjamas
These cold busting coconut gummies are loaded with natural tumeric, ginger and honey to help ward off colds and flu. Gummies are a great way for kids to get some goodness into them too!
6. Immunity Boosting Drink that actually tastes good by The Merrymaker Sisters
The Merrymaker Sisters have come up with a drink that includes an abundance of stuff that’s good for boosting our immunity … that actually tastes delicious!
The Merrymaker Sisters say: All these ingredients make for one healthy drink!
Ginger: reduces inflammation and congestion
Citrus: hello vitamin C! A great anti-inflammatory with heaps of antioxidants.
Cinnamon: antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and also freaking delicious! SO YUM! Definitely our fave spice (well, one of them).
Turmeric: reduces inflammation, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, aids digestion, source of antioxidants.
If you’re looking to boost your immune system but don’t feel like something hot, this is the drink for you! And we can attest to the fact that yes, it does indeed taste amazing!
7. Health benefits of Oil Pulling by Food Matters
Oil pulling is simply swishing a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes.
This article from food matters summarises the health benefits of oil pulling nicely! Aside from the cosmetic benefit of whiter teeth, it helps with detoxification, headaches, stress and allows the immune system to do it’s job!
Food Matters says: Oil pulling can really transform your health. With the mouth as the home to millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins, the oil acts like a cleanser, pulling out the nasties before they get a chance to spread throughout the body.
8. Probiotics by Dr Axe
We find probiotics will not only help prevent you from getting ill, but they can definitely assist with a quicker recovery! They also make you feel healthier in general, attributing to your overall optimal health.
When an article leads with this in its first sentence, it’s time to take notice!
Dr Axe says: Probiotics hold the key not just for better health and a stronger immune system, but also for healing digestive issues, mental health illness, and neurological disorders.
Could probiotics be the missing link in your health journey? Check out the article and see for yourself!
9. Healing Chicken Soup – Stupid Easy Paleo
You probably expected this recipe to feature as it’s such a commonly known and understood fact that this stuff can really help ward off a cold/flu. There is the age old adage when you get sick that Grandmas chicken soup is all the healing you need and this really does ring true! The broth is full of nourishing goodness, and the vegetable and chicken will provide you will all the nutrition you need. Plus chicken soup is yummy!
Stupid Easy Paleo says:
Besides tasting aromatic and well, decidedly victorious, ginger and turmeric bring their anti-inflammatory compounds to this dish, and garlic, its antiviral properties.
This one is so healing and delicious, we think we will make it even when we are not sick!
Now, we want to hear from you!
What natural remedies do you use to ward off sickness and boost your immunity? Let us know in the comments below!
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