Natural Cold Remedies
As much as we love the monsoon for its picturesque quality and hygge-inducing vibes, the one thing we don’t enjoy so much is falling sick! Every year, the monsoon brings about a long bout of colds, coughs and allergies that end up lasting way too long. In a way, a cold is your body’s way to telling you to slow down however for many of us, taking a week off work just isn’t possible! This year, we decided to dig through our mother’s and grandmother’s notebooks and find out what their natural cold remedies were.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
A friend’s mom told us that she takes at least 500mg of vitamin C every single day. Whether it’s hot, cold or rainy, she makes sure that she starts her day with a strong dose of this vitamin. Everyone knows that vitamin C is a great way to boost immunity but most of us only start popping these pills once we get sick, which isn’t as effective as having a strong immune system all year round.
You may have already heard about the miracle worker that apple cider vinegar is, from speeding up your metabolism and reducing acidity to giving you great skin and hair. We are big fans of this and have recently discovered another benefit of ACV. If you’ve got a sore throat, make a tea out of ACV to sip on or gargle with it for quicker relief. Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 1-2 tablespoons of honey and lemon juice with some hot water. Sip on this mixture at least three times a day to feel better in a jiffy.
We love ginger in our food and masala chai but when you’re sick, you need to up your intake of this root. Make a tea with freshly grated ginger and your choice of additions like lemon, honey and tea and sip on this through the day. We recommend making a big batch in the morning and using it to replace your daily coffee or tea. Apart from being anti-inflammatory, ginger also helps clear up congestion and boosts your immune system so you will definitely feel better after this.
When you feel yourself coming down with the flu there are a few simple but often overlooked tips that we need to stick to. These include drinking tons of fluids, and by tons we mean at least 3-4 litres of water a day. You should also restrict your workouts to something light like a Pilates or yoga class and also get enough sleep. Being big fans of Dandelion pyjamas, we ensure that we get at least 7-8 hours of shut eye a night as this helps support your immune system and protect you from future sickness!
Do you have any natural cold remedies that we have missed out? Let us know and share them below in the comments section.