School, work, shopping — the flu is out there this time of year and nobody wants it.
Almost all of my co-workers have been out at some point in the last month or so and with about 200 people on my floor, I have no plans for being the next one sick. But if I start feeling a bit off I have quite a list of flu remedies that I’ve gathered over the years.
Do you have a go-to list? Most of mine are herbal or home remedies and are usually rather affordable.
Some of these I really think help fight bugs off, others just make me feel better, maybe more of a ‘comfort’ thing. And no, I don’t use all of them within the first 15 min of a scratchy throat, it all depends on where I am, what my schedule is, and what I have on hand.
What’s the number one weapon for you to keep always ready? Echinacea can boost your immune system and fight off that cold or flu faster than you ever thought. If you take it several times within the first 24-48 hours of the slightest feeling of illness you can greatly increase your chances of either not fully getting sick, or having a much milder case. *I am NOT a Dr. please do your own research and consult your physician regarding any particular health concerns you have. Also, not everyone responds the same way to the same herbs, so you’ll have to give it a try to see how well it helps you.
I have used various brands depending on whether I plan ahead and order it online, or get caught in a fix and run to whichever store is closest. The top choice is to get a tincture, it absorbs quickly and often can be found with another complementary herb or two. Just mix it with a couple ounces of water or juice. Then double down with some echinacea tea as well, this not only feels good on a sore throat but it also gets you some of those needed liquids.
Throat Coat Tea
ANY other tea you like (Chamomile, Peppermint, Chai…)
Fruit Juice (fresh if you can make it)
Make a tea out of lemon, honey, ginger or add any of these to the choices above
Broth or clear soup
Are you aware of a common food that is a natural antibiotic? Raw garlic is a superfood. Yes, raw. Once it’s cooked it still maintains some great health benefits but to help with a cold or flu try to eat some raw garlic. How? Well, some people cut up a few pieces and swallow it whole. I’ve been know to chop it up in some salsa with chips. When my daughter was little, I’d put it through a garlic press and spread it on some bread with ketchup. Sounds terrible? Maybe, but it works great and just follow it up with some juice.
Need something with a bit more substance? How about a smoothie? Get some fresh and frozen fruits and veggies to give your body a healthy boost of good stuff. Though I will admit I often crave a cup ‘o noodles when I’m not feeling well.
Full up? Take a hot bath with some epsom salts and relax, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils if you like.
Now, lest you think I’m absolutely against any over the counter medications, my husband Norrin, swears by taking some Nyquil and Mucinex and heading to bed. I have been know to use those as well when things get bad, nothing wrong with doing what you need to do to get through.
Here’s hoping you all stay healthy, one last reminder of what my grandpa always said “Just gargle with some salt water.”
How do you and your family stay healthy?