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6 Proven Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu

These are proven natural cold and flu Remedies I have personally used. I have lived medication free for the past 10 years, and these remedies are a part of my secret!

They are safe and effective for Adults and Children.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar:

For colds: thins mucus and sinus congestion, breaks up congestion, may relieve cough, aids as a natural probiotic, and has antibacterial properties that can kill pathogens that cause sickness.

Other benefits: acts as a natural laxative, improves digestion and metabolism, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels, may increase energy.

Suggested use: Mix one part organic apple cider vinegar with five parts water and add 2 tablespoons of honey. For children, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of juice. *Not recommended to aid in runny nose, as it thins mucus.

2. Elderberry Syrup:

For colds or flu: boosts the immune system with high levels of vitamin C and A, has antioxidant compounds, slows the replication of viruses, and helps to shorten the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms. May soothe sore throat and help you regain energy levels.

Suggested use: Take 2 tablespoons 1-2 times daily for adults and 1 tablespoon 1-2 times daily for children. The syrup should come from cooked Elderberries and may need refrigeration. Most Elderberry syrup has a shelf life of about 3 months and should be discarded after that time.

3. Garlic:

For Colds and Flu: reduces risk of becoming sick and reduces the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antiviral and antibiotic properties which can help fight viruses and infections, boost the immune system, and act as a natural decongestant and expectorant. Garlic may also help improve respiratory issues.

Suggested use: Add garlic cloves to meals when cooking—it goes great with Itallian dishes. Garlic oil can also be added to food or be taken in supplements. Take supplements as directed with food. Do not take supplements on an empty stomach.

4. Peppermint:

For colds and flu: peppermint is a natural decongestant and fever reducer, can relieve sinus pressure, sore throat, and cough, and can reduce nausea and vomiting. It can also reduce pain, inflammation, body aches and headaches. Peppermint contains natural menthol which is used in many cough drops and medications.

Suggested use: Prepare and drink 1 cup of warm peppermint tea or use peppermint oil in a diffuser. You can apply peppermint oil (which has been diluted) directly to the skin. Rub a few drops on the neck and chest to alleviate sore throats and cough. For headaches and sinus pressure, rub the oil on the forehead.

5. Vitamin C Rich Foods:

For colds and flu: boosts immune function, helps encourage the production of white blood cells which protect the body from infection, works as an antioxidant, fights infections, and improves energy. Vitamin C is not produced or stored by the body, so its important to consume it daily.

Other benefits: Vitamin C helps to heal wounds, benefits the skin, and helps with the absorption of Iron, which prevents anemia.

Suggested use: The best way to absorb Vitamin C is through eating Vitamin C rich foods including: citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, pineapple, mango, kiwi, brussels sprouts, and broccoli. You may also take Vitamin C supplements as directed.

6. Turmeric:

For colds and flu: boosts immune system, may reduce the entry of viruses into cells, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, acts as natural pain reliever and cough suppressant.

Other benefits: studies show that it can relieve arthritis pain and inflammation, lower blood pressure, help prevent alzheimer’s, relieve depression and skin conditions, as well as help prevent eye degeneration.

Suggested use: turmeric powder can be added to cooked meals or can be taken as supplements. Take supplements as directed.

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