I have been sick for the past week-and-a-half. I had the whole deal: fever, sore throat, cough, congestion, fatigue, aches…it all put the “ick” in sick! These symptoms pushed me to ask my readers as well as my blogger buddies to share their favorite natural remedies to kick sickness to the curb!
While I am still on the mend, the following blog posts and tips definitely helped me feel better faster!
My Natural, Easy Tips
Peppermint for Headaches and Tummy Trouble
I make myself homemade peppermint tea that soothes and calms headaches and digestive issues – a simple and wonderful way to alleviate some discomfort.
Simple Peppermint Tea
1 palmful organic mint leaves, roughly chopped
Instructions: to make tea, dice up the leaves and place into a loose tea contraption. Pour in hot water, steep until desired strength, and sweeten with honey and add lemon if desired (see below for these two awesome illness fighting ingredients).
I love me my ginger. This guy also helps with digestive issues and tummy troubles, making it great for the queasy stomach. Ginger is also sometimes used for pain management, so it’s great for easy headache relief. I make this into a tea as well.
Fresh Ginger Root Tea
1 small hunk organic ginger root, peeled and finely grated
Instructions: take the fresh ginger root, peel a hunk, and then finely grate into a tea brewer. Pour hot water over the grated ginger and let steep for 5 to 8 minutes. Boom! Insta-Ginger Tea! (combine with peppermint for an extra-pick-me-up).
Real Raw Honey
Raw honey is fantastic for colds as it soothes coughs, is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, and helps with digestion.
The Throat Soother
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil (where to buy coconut oil)
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
Instructions: mix with the powerhouse coconut oil (for some great lauric acid), ground cinnamon (to also help sooth the throat), and raw honey together until a paste forms. Eat the goodness throughout the day and soothe the throat!
Give Lemon a Squeeze
These yellow babies are powerful! They are great for detoxing the body, are packed with vitamin C, is great for digestion, and for fighting off colds and the flu.
Squeeze some juice and add some lemon slices to water; or make homemade lemonade sweetened with honey.
Homemade Single-Serving Lemonade
2-3 tablespoons raw honey (or more to taste)
2 organic lemon juice, freshly squeezed
water to dilute
Instructions: Whisk lemon juice and honey together until well incorporated. Dilute with water to taste and add ice cube and lemon. Sip up!
Epsom Salt Bath to Soak the Sickness Away
Bathes are not only relaxing during illness, but Epsom Salt Bathes can be really beneficial as they detox the body, improves circulation, reduces stress, and also relieve inflammation.
Now for more homemade and natural remedies goodies from my blogger buds!
More Tips to Kick the “Ick!”
Fight the Flu & Cold
No Flu “Tea” by Homemade Mommy
DIY All-Natural Vapor Rub by Mommypotamus
8 Natural Cold Remedies by Grass Fed Girl
Natural Cough Syrup by Oh Lardy!
Natural Cold and Flu Remedies by Oh Lardy!
Natural Remedies for Headaches by Happy Mothering
Natural Remedies for the Flu by Real Food Forager
Herbal Honey Cough Syrup and 5 Ways to Fight a Cold by Homegrown & Healthy
Try a Cup of Elderberry Tea for Colds and Flu by Earth Friendly Goodies
Winter Detox, Brain, and Immune Boosting Cold Remedy by Earth Friendly Goodies
My Date With Mr. Hot Toddy: A Natural Cold Fighting Remedy by Earth Friendly Goodies
Hey, Who Stole My Cold? Thieves Oil Strikes Again by Earth Friendly Goodies
Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup with Coconut Oil by The Coconut Mama
10 Must-Have Ingredients To Help With Your Kids Cough by Growing Up Herbal
Help Your Child Manage A Sore Throat by Growing Up Herbal
10 Foods Your Body Needs to Fight Off Cold and Flu by Whole Green Love
Tea Thyme: Thyme and Honey Tea for a Cold by Whole Green Love
5 Foods to Fight a Cold Without Medicine by Our Heritage of Health
Everything In Between
How I Cured My Son’s Ear Infection… Naturally by Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
How to Make Raw Medicinal Honey with Ginger and Rosehips by Earth Friendly Goodies
Prevent the Ick!
Thump Your Thymus by Learning and Yearning
What to Do When You Feel “Ick” Coming On by A Joyful Mother
3 Steps To Getting A Head Start On Flu Season (video) by Growing Up Herbal
Elderberry Syrup to Prevent the Cold and Flu by Whole Green Love
What are some of your homemade remedies?
Sources: WebMD: Peppermint, Lemon, Ginger; Kitchen Stewardship: Raw Honey, Health: Cinnamon, Food Renegade: Epsom Salt Bath.
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