Don’t let a cold ruin your day! Check out these natural remedies that are sure to get you through this cold season. Check out these at-home recipes and herbal teas to boost your immunity and fight back! Kick the cold to the curb and set yourself up for a sniffle-free season.
At-Home Remedies for a Sniffle-Free Cold Season
Cold season is here! (For parents, it’s also known as: school.) But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer.
Check out these safe and natural practices that you can try no matter your season or illness. Feel better. Be your best damn self. And start now, so you can feel your best no matter what comes your way – boost that immune system, hon!
Preparing for Cold Season
As the chilly breeze starts to blow, it's time to gear up and boost your immune system to fight off those cold symptoms. Simply focus on a few healthy habits that give your body (and mind) the extra TLC it needs to stay healthy and happy. Don't let the cold get you down, show it who's boss with these super simple – but effective habits.
Lifestyle Habits That Boost Immunity
To avoid catching a cold during the season, give your immune system some love! It's time to give yourself the basic self-care that your mind and body are craving – you deserve this!
Slow down and breathe – find your moment of calm – a cup of tea in hand.
So simple, yet so easy to put on the back-burner when life gets busy. We get it, you’re hustlin’. But your hustle could come to a f*cking halt if you don’t step up your basic self-care this cold season. And rather than buying into that expensive solution that promises to help you feel better – get back to the basics. These natural remedies are already at your fingertips and have centuries of care to back them up. Sometimes the simplest strategies are the best place to start.
Preventative Practices to Avoid the Plague
Taking care of YOU is first. But taking care of your space is a close second. Give germs the run-around by keeping your environment healthy and clean.
Keep your hands squeaky clean – wash with soap and water often (like seriously, more often than you think)
Steer clear of anyone who's feeling under the weather (Parents and caretakers – I know, I know. It’s impossible. But be mindful and maybe step up your hand-washing game)
Disinfect high-traffic surfaces like countertops in the kitchen, door handles, sinks, and all the bathroom surfaces
Yeah, some of these are easier said than done at times, but practice keeps the plague away. Your body is a temple, protect it!
Natural Remedies for Cold Symptoms
Are we too late? Already feeling under the weather? Here are some natural remedies that will have you kickin’ a** again in no time. And since they’re natural, they’re perfect for almost anyone – no matter your season.
For sinus or nasal congestion and cough, go for a steamy solution. Grab a bowl of hot water, add some essential oils like eucalyptus (my fav!) or peppermint, and inhale the goodness. Trust me, your body will thank you for this natural pick-me-up. It’ll clear your sinuses, and your mind and probably gift you with a jolt of refreshing energy! Ahhhh, breathe easy, hon!
Herbal Tea: Soothing Elixir
What’s your ailment? We’ve got a soothing tea for that!
Sore throat? Brew a mug of Honey Lemon TLC for a little comfort in a cup. Congestion?Grab your favorite mug and a little Cheer the F**k Up peppermint tea, and clear that sh*t. Upset Tum?Try a cup of ginger-infused Turmeric Golden Latte to calm the nerves and brighten your day. Or take a sip of Chamomile Dream before bed for a tummy and mind calming blend.
And you know herbal teas are more than just for soothing illness, the health benefits go on and on! You can even add a little fresh, local honey, ginger, or lemon for an extra immunity-boosting punch.
Or for a vitamin-C infusion (and a little pick-me-up as well), try Elderflower & Orange with its delightfully light flavor and anti-inflammatory power.
DIY Recipes for Homemade Remedies
If you’re ambitious for at-home, natural solutions, here are a few you can make from your kitchen and pantry!
If you're feeling brave, whip up some garlic-infused honey to give your immune system a boost.
Step 1: Peel a bulb of garlic (all the cloves)
Step 2: Halve or Quarter each garlic clove (each needs to be cut at least once to release the good stuff)
Step 3: Put in a mason jar and cover with honey. Stir and cover.
Step 4: Let the jar sit at room temperature for 48-hours or up to a week (Now it’s ready!)
It may not be the most romantic concoction, but it sure beats sniffling and sneezing all day. And it’s good in the refrigerator for up to a year! Plus, who needs a fancy pharmacy when you have a kitchen full of natural remedies like tea, garlic, and honey?
Homemade Chicken Soup
When you’re ill, the only thing more comforting than a bowl of chicken soup might be if your mother is there to feed it to you. If you’re already feeling under the weather, here’s a “throw it in the crockpot” recipe for homemade chicken soup that has all the good stuff to help your body heal.
2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
½ cup of whatever veggies you have on hand. Some favorites: chopped carrots, celery, leeks, onions, or a bit of garlic.
¼ tsp ground or fresh ginger for an immunity boost
½ tsp parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
About ½ cup of chicken (cooked or raw – it’s going in the crockpot, so you do you!), or another ½ cup of vegetables for a meat-free option
Step 1: Chop vegetables and chicken
Step 2: Put everything in the crockpot, on low for 8 hours
Step 3: Pull out chicken and shred if desired, put back in the crockpot
Step 4: Grab a bowl before it’s gone, and enjoy a deliciously comforting bowl
This recipe can also be made ahead of time, and then frozen in single-serving containers for a quick grab when you need it.
Don’t let this cold season get the best of you. Prepare your immune system, prepare an at-home remedy or 2, and stock up on herbal teas. You got this, hon!
Stay healthy and happy this cold season!
Disclaimer: It's important to note that while teas and natural recipes can offer potential health benefits, individual results may vary, and it's best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications. Additionally, it's crucial to ensure the herbs used in the tea are safe and suitable for consumption, as some herbs may interact with certain medications.
Meet Katie, a witty wordsmith who loves pairing writing with a cuppa. She serves herself a sarcastic cup of Shut the F**k Up while cooking up breakfast for her 3 kiddos (for the illusion of a moment of calm). But her favorite cold brewed treat is the sweet, creamy mix of Smooth Vanilla Matcha and Blueberry Apple Pie. Connect with Katie for a Cuppa!