No one enjoys being sick, especially days before a big event. Today’s entry is a list of some of my favorite home remedies for surviving and preventing a mucusy mess.
Back in the day, I use to be sick ALL THE TIME. Colds would turn into sinus infections and my closest relationships were with allergy pills and Zpaks. In my 20’s I took my health into my own hands and started researching natural alternatives. Now when I get sick, Whole Foods is the first place I turn. Enjoy a couple of my favorite home remedies to strengthen your immune system during this blistery winter!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am simply a supporter of trying natural supplements and home remedies before conventional medicine. These suggestions are merely the opinion of Solutions by Cara and are not the opinion of any medical authority.
ACV Bevi -Apple Cider Vinegar solo is fairly horrific, but when you mix with Manuka honey, lemon, a dash of cayenne pepper, and of course water- you’ve got yourself a juice that is a great natural mucus thinner. This drink is great for a sore throats, hoarseness, colds, sinus and bronchial infections.
Manuka honey — Manuka is a must have for your medicine cabinet. Although a bit pricey, manuka raw honey is GMO free, unpasteurized and packed with complex sugars, proteins, amino acids, organic acids, vitamins, flavonoids, and other naturally occurring compounds ideal when you’re feeling under the weather. I like to add a spoonful of manuka to hot water with a little lemon and call it a day.
Steam and Sinus Rinse- If you’re like me and the crazy shape of the NetiPot freaks you out, have no fear. There are a couple of sinus rinse alternatives that are less intimidating. I typically steam for 10–15 minutes with Thieves oil (mentioned below) or Peppermint to loosen up the mucus then flush it out with a sinus rinse.
Thieves Oil- If you don’t know about this oil, you should. Not only does it smell amazing but it has more uses than I can begin to mention. Thieves supports your immune system, can be used as a topical, edible, diffused — you name it! Email me if you’re interested in a sample of this incredible hidden gem.
Supplements — I’m pretty sure I have a supplement for every ailment for every letter of the alphabet because I believe in them!
Some of my winter favorites in my medicine cabinet:
Wellness Formula- This formula is my favorite for daily maintenance and maintaining a healthy immune system especially during the cold months and seasonal changes. These pills contain so much goodness you won’t know what to do with yourself.
Oscillococcinum- I dare you to say it 10 times fast. This magic homeopathic remedy is best to take at the first signs of crappines. You might still get the bug but I’ve found it shortens the unwanted visitor.
Quercetin- One of my favorite natural anti-inflammatories I found when I was weening myself off of allergy pills. For me, this little yellow pill did the trick and is now my favorite decongestant.
Goldenseal- I was just recently introduced to Goldenseal. This pill is great for respiratory issues and clearing out bacterial infections.
Have other natural home remedies or favorite immune boosters? I would love to hear from you. If your symptoms worsen, be sure to consult your doctor!