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With the arrival of Gingernut Lattes and Christmas collections comes something much meaner. The Winter cold. Regardless of your disposition, you’ll be struck down by the evilness of it at least once between November and January and from experience, it ain’t fun.
I’m one of those sufferers who’s reluctant to pump myself full of pills and potions which if I’m honest, I rarely find help anyway. As a result, I’ve tried everything from tea tree head sticks, to raw garlic and can offer you this little roundup of natural ways to soothe feeling like you’re swallowing a razorblade. Please note I am not a healthcare professional, for that you’ll need to see your Doctor. I am but a girl who likes to Google ways to get rid of a cold faster and these are the fruits of my labour. Enjoy.
So many liquids. Just keep drinking until your wee is a light, odorless shade and then drink some more. This is one of the best way to thin mucus and also to help your body stay hydrated and recover more quickly. Cold water and warm soft drinks can also help to soothe a sore throat and if you struggle to stay hydrated then suck on ice cubes which will also do the trick.
Proper, raw honey is antibacterial and an antioxidant. It also makes a great hot drink, when mixed with a little lemon juice.
When you’re bunged up steaming your face can really help to thin the mucus and relieve symptons. If you don’t own a facial steamer (because it’s no longer 1999) then grab a bowl, fill it with hot water and use the towel-over-head method to keep it in, breathing deeply. Just be careful not to burn yourself.
We all know that Vitamin C is essential to boost the immune system during Winter, but it’s even more important when you have a cold or are run down. Oranges are usually what’s recommended, but other great sources include lemons, broccoli, strawberries, kiwi and tomatoes, so feel free to tuck into the one that takes your fancy as you can never have too much of the stuff.
This is quite possibly my favourite as I love garlic and when you’re already ill it doesn’t seem to matter if your breath smells or not. The best way to take it is raw, chopped over a salad or chicken dish, or boiled in hot water. The allicin contained in raw garlic can help to increase production of white blood cells which fight off infection, helping to speed up recovery and ease symptoms.
Homemade chicken broth
Chicken broth is full of vitamins and nutrients that can help to soothe a cold and also help you to stay hydrated. Chances are this isn’t going to be something you can knock up while you’re feeling poorly, so prepare a batch in advance that you can freeze. Then, when you feel the first cold symptoms arriving, defrost, add a few vegetables and devour. Jamie Oliver has this super simple chicken stock recipe that you can make with the carcass of your leftover roast chicken (it’s really not as gross as it sounds), which you can then freeze in an ice cube tray ready for use at a later date.
Plain toast and crackers
Even though we think eating White bread is as bad for us as drinking petrol, plain toast and crackers are easily digested when your have a sore tummy or can’t handle anything more adventurous. It also takes approximately two minutes to whip up and after living primarily on toast-based cuisine for most of my degree, I can confirm that one day on the Hovis won’t do you any harm.
This little nugget has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce congestion and soreness. Add to boiling water until the water turns slightly yellow, with a little honey for a soothing throat cure. It also helps to settle the stomach, hence why ginger biscuits are sometimes recommended for sickness.
What’s your best natural cold and flu remedy? If you have one that’s not mentioned above please, please comment and let me know – my immune system begs of you!
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Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.
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