Healthy Remedies for Sick Days

No matter how clean we eat, how much yoga we do, or how few chemicals we have in our home – we all get sick at one time or another! For me, and many others, stress is the trigger. Stress is the cause of many health problems, and if you don’t find ways to reduce or manage it you can end up with a problem!

I recently came down with a NASTY bout of bronchitis. I had a persistent cough for about a week and I finally went to my doctor. She diagnosed me with bacterial bronchitis and put me on a Z pack. I am very conservative with antibiotic use so I was very hesitant about this. However I felt absolutely awful, and after getting some second and third opinions, and doing some independent research, I decided to take the antibiotics. The first day I was bed bound, nauseous and vomiting. However by the second day and the second dose I was almost back to 100% and able to attend an event I had planned that evening. While I am glad I took the medication, I do not credit them completely with my swift recovery. I would like to share my natural remedies for healing from cold and flu-like symptoms.

  1. Honey! Honey has natural antibacterial properties and is soothing. I took 1-2 teaspoons of honey per day straight to soothe my sore throat.
  2. Peppermint oil. I use this on my temples to ease headache pain, and rub a few drops in my hands and inhale deeply to relieve nausea.
  3. Apple cider vinegar. This is NOT my favorite, but a shot of ACV does wonders for the common cold, and is alkalizing.
  4. Neti Pot. If you haven’t heard of a neti pot, it can seem quite out there! It is an Ayurvedic technique to wash out the nasal passages. I partner this with holding my head over some boiling water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil to clear my sinuses.
  5. Citrus. This is my favorite part. Even when I don’t have an appetite (rare for me) I am always up for some oranges or fresh squeezed OJ to up my vitamin C intake.
  6. Echinacea supplements. This herb can treat common cold symptoms when taken early on.
  7. Probiotocs and fermented foods. This is recommended during antibiotic therapy. Antibiotics can cause GI upset, and may increase candida growth. Probiotocs and fermented foods can help combat this. I also up my fermented food intake after the antibiotic is finished to replenish the “good” bacteria!