Now that winter is in full swing and the temperatures have dropped lower than we would have liked, it seems the sniffles and sneezing have come along with it. Yup, that time of the year. The holiday season joy has died down and the seasonal colds have kicked in. If you thought the only remedies were over-the-counter cold medicine and lots of chicken soup, we have some good news for you. It turns out there are actually so many natural ways to cure your cold. Here are a few of our favorites:
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people swear by their morning shot of apple cider vinegar for digestion and metabolic reasons. There are so many healthy benefits to apple cider vinegar, and it’s super handy when you want to relieve your cold symptoms. The acid in the vinegar will help soothe your sore throat and fight off germs, and might even give you an energy boost if you’re feeling extra fatigued.
Try a Foam Roller
You may have seen trainers at your gym using foam rollers to roll out sore muscles, but not many people know that foam rolling is actually great for the immune system as well. When you roll your muscles out over the foam roller, you are releasing the tightness in your body’s connective tissue called fascia, which is what makes your muscles feel tense. This is called Myofascial release, and it has amazing benefits for your immune system when you’re sick.
Add Some Garlic
We’re not suggesting you order a large order of garlic knots, but a little bit of garlic goes a long way when you’re under the weather. Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with so many great antiviral and antibiotic properties, which makes it just as useful as some of the medicines you’ll find at the drug store. Adding just a single clove of garlic into your meals when you’re feeling sick is a natural way to decongest and clear your body of germs.
Take a Detox Bath
Taking a detox bath when you’re sick will help decongest your system and relax your entire body. If you can’t go out to the store to buy bath salts, it’s easy to make your own creation at home. Using a cup of epsom salt, half a cup of baking soda, a few teaspoons of ginger, and any essential oils you have around the house, pour the ingredients into a hot bath and soak for at least thirty minutes. Your body will start to extract toxins and absorb the minerals in the bath within the first ten minutes.
Load Up on Liquids
Drinking as many fluids as possible during this time is key for a fast recovery. Make sure you stay hydrated and drink liquids that contain electrolytes, like natural coconut water. Hot liquids are even more effective because the heat can help relieve congestion and soothe any inflamed tissue. We love brewing a cup of ginger tea with a drizzle of cinnamon and honey before bedtime.