Friday, September 28, 2012

Natural Remedies For The Cold and Flu


With the weather beginning to cool down, this is usually the time of year when many people catch colds or come down with the flu. I take my health very seriously and believe in holistic, natural medicine or remedies for whatever ails my body.

To my knowledge, I’ve never had flu shots - unless I got them during grade school. I got the flu once a few years ago, but it still hasn’t changed my mind about getting a flu shot. I believe that a flu vaccine doesn’t necessarily protect you from all viruses, plus I’ve read that you’ll get just as sick as someone who has gotten the vaccine. Besides, I just don’t trust what it is exactly that they put in these vaccines.

I’ve done some research on natural remedies for the cold and flu, so I want to pass on a few things that you can do if you feel yourself coming down with a bug...

  • Eat raw garlic - Garlic has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. It can taste nasty as heck, but whenever I start to feel a cold coming on, I just eat a clove of garlic. It also immediately stops any coughing. Yes, I actually chew the clove and swallow it completely! I’ll eat one clove in the morning and one at night. I also brush the heck out of my tongue and rinse with mouthwash to get rid of the smell. When I eat garlic, my cold usually goes away within a couple days.
  • Burn Hopi ear candles - I just recently found out about this remedy which has actually been around for many years. Ear candles are an alternative treatment for inner-ear problems, but you can also use them for sore throats, sinus issues, and other flu-related symptoms.
  • Drink herbal tea with ginger, lemon, and honey - This is my favorite thing to drink at night before bed. Grind up the ginger, add it to a cup of hot water, and let it steep for a few minutes. Then strain it into another mug, add the tea, lemon, and honey to taste.

Remember that good health is part of your inner beauty!

What are your favorite natural remedies for the cold or flu?

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