Natural Cold and Flu Remedies
Peak flu season is upon us, and there are more outbreaks than usual this year, due to the circulation of both influenza A and B. And if you’re lucky enough to escape the dreaded flu this year, chances are you’re not as likely to escape the common cold. Between meetings, playdates and living our best lives, sometimes there’s not enough hand sanitizer in the world to keep away all of those germs.
The best cure for the flu or a cold is rest, rest, hydration and more rest. Take a break from the responsibilities of your daily life (we know it’s hard) and get caught up on some Netflix and sleep. That said, life never stops, and we know you’re itching to get better ASAP. Lucky for you, the team at TapIn, being the wellness fanatics that we are, have put together a natural remedy survival guide for this cold and flu season.
Many essential oils, like peppermint and eucalyptus, open up airways and reduce congestion to allow for easy breathing. Ever wonder why you feel instantly better after drinking or smelling peppermint? Peppermint relieves tension headaches and clogged sinuses, improves sleep, and can aid with cramps and aches, leaving you feeling relaxed. Similarly, eucalyptus oil is well-known for clearing up stuffiness and congestion, and helps with runny noses and headaches. A definite go-to for when you have the sniffles.
Warm salt water
Who knew that two simple ingredients could be such a miracle worker? Warm salt water, along with soothing canker sores and reducing mouth and throat infections, can also break up nasal congestion, while removing bacteria from your nose. Not to mention, it can ease the pain of a stinging nose and throat. Mix a half teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water, and use a syringe or nasal irrigation kit for instant relief.
Immune system-boosting fruits and vegetables
Nothing takes better care of the body than a healthy diet. Certain fruits and veggies do a good job of keeping your immune system strong, giving your body the tools it needs to fight off sickness. Citrus fruits, like oranges or grapefruits, are high in vitamin C, which increases the production of the white blood cells that help you fight off infections. Garlic also has a wealth of immune-system boosting properties and can help to fight off infection. Another fan favourite among the TapIn team is ginger, which reduces inflammation, soothing a sore throat.
Finally, we at TapIn cannot stress enough the importance of hydration. Our bodies depend on water to survive and thrive, as it optimizes the performance of every cell, tissue and organ. When you’re sick, your body becomes dehydrated. So it’s especially important to drink plenty of liquids to balance out the fluids you’re losing. Drink plenty of tea, water, juice or soup to get that body up and running again.