“The best defense is a strong offense.” Isn’t that the saying?
Well the more Abby and I talk about this crazy flu that’s going around, the more I realize how much we do do to combat the cold/flu season in our own homes.
Abby already told you about six natural remedies we rely on … But there are so many more!
In fact, here are six MORE remedies (many of which you might already have in your cupboard):
GINGER & LEMON TEA …three or four slices of ginger with two or three slices of lemon, steeped for 3-5 minutes. With some raw local honey if you want a little sweet? Hmmmmm. Lemon is anti-bacterial. It has loads of vitamin C. And in traditional medicines is used to detoxify the body and stimulate the lymph nodes. Ginger will warm the body, stimulate your immune system and has been shown to reduce inflammation (as in the inflamed mucous membranes?).
And by adding honey, you get a boost of the natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic traits in the soothing, throat-coating tonic.
LOCAL HONEY (raw if you can get it) & CINNAMON can knock out a cold in a matter of days!
Basically, you combine a teaspoon of honey with a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon … it’s not only soothing for a sore throat, but both honey and cinnamon have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that boost the bodies ability to fight off what ails you. Best to have this at early onset of your symptoms.
HOMEMADE BONE BROTH. It’s no secret that Grandma’s Chicken Soup has healing qualities. But you can leave the chicken pieces and noodles in the cupboard. The goodness is in the nutrient dense broth, containing highly absorbable minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. It aids in detoxification. It’s great for respiratory ailments. And it supports the immune system.
We have a small bowl (1/4 – 1/2 cup) with either breakfast or lunch nearly every day from November through March. Our toddler asks for her “special soup” as a snack if I don’t make it before dinner rolls around.
LAURICIDIN is a concentrated lipid derivative of coconut oil that is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. They haven’t found any adverse drug interactions. And it’s available on amazon.
We originally learned about this from our family doctor right after our littlest was born. There was a nasty Pertussis outbreak in the area and he wanted us to be sure to boost our immune systems to fight the possibility of infection. It was even safe for our toddler (who took 2-3 pellets twice a day).
An interesting fact: most of the reported cases of whooping cough in Gallatin County last year occurred in people who had received the vaccine … yikes! So our doctor was being super precautionary because we had such a little one in the house.
COLLOIDAL SILVER. We’ve all heard that Colloidal Silver can turn your skin blue (and I’m pretty sure that’s true! If you take copious amounts). But for combatting the cold and flu? It’s a great immune booster. Check out this link from Natural News, which has way more information than I can put in one paragraph here.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL (a few drops mixed with unscented lotion) applied to the soles of your feet can bring down a fever a few degrees and make resting a lot easier. We have used this on both our little ones and it’s been a godsend, and kept us out of the doctor’s office on more than one occasion.
Okay … so there are SURE to be more (like I just remember ECHINACHIA … and ZINC!) … so we’ll keep compiling good lists and post as we get them together. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Let’s get through this flu season in one piece!