Winter time is beautiful. Hot chocolate, iceskating, Christmas, and… Cold and flu season. My family members are all getting sick… Which has meant frequent trips to Good Harvest for me (I’m not complaining about that.) I have been doing so much reading and experimenting lately, there were a few key remedies that I believe really helped me feel better quickly. So, I decided to compile a list of my five favorite homeopathic cold remedies.
A heavenly combination of coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, and some amazing essential oils. This homemade version of a vapor rub is great for boosting the immune system and clearing out head and chest congestion. It also has some great anti bacterial properties! It’s both natural and effective, and the best part, it can keep for 12 months! I rub it on the bottoms of my feet and throw on some socks, as well as on my chest and behind my ears. I love this stuff.
2. Steam Inhalation
Simply fill a large bowl with hot water, 3 drops of pine or rosemary oil, 3 drops of peppermint oil, and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil. Place a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhale the steam into your lungs and chest. Try to do this for 5-10 minutes. This loosens the mucus in your chest, it’s amazing how well this works! This recipe is based on information provided for me by the Good Harvest staff, they are very knowledgeable. There are countless other oil combinations to try, this is just the one I liked the best.
When I am sick, I constantly have the diffuser going in my room. The diffuser helps to purify the air and helps me to relax, among other things. Depending on what you are sick with determines what oils to put in. Lavender is soothing, peppermint is great for headache relief, lemon is very purifying. Mix it up. Eucalyptus is my favorite when I am sick. Research new blends to try!
4. Bone Broth
I love to pick up beef bones from the butcher at Good Harvest to make homemade bone broth. I also love to do chicken, and even save the bones from the Thanksgiving turkey to make broth! Your grandma’s soup wasn’t just a hoax, bone broth promotes a healthy immune system, improved digestion, strong muscle repair, inhibits infections, among many other amazing benefits! It’s also very economical! I love cooking it in the slow cooker for several days. I drink it straight out of a mug. Sometimes the broth is also good to be made into other soups… Whatever! I use a recipe from an old cookbook, but I linked the most similar recipe I could find.
5. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
There are a number of uses for apple cider vinegar, probably much more than you realize. It’s great for detoxing, sore throats, clearing sinus’, and digestion. I recommend researching the many different kinds of teas and syrups that can be made with apple cider vinegar. Here are a few I found:
Disclaimer: I am in no way a doctor, and these home remedies are only suggestions of what worked for me. They are not intended as a diagnosis or prescription, and should not be in place of medical treatment and/or advice from a professional.