You’ve probably started to see, hear, and feel its warning signs: sniffles on the train on your way to work, clogged sinuses, and an increase in elbow coughing. Yup, we’re moving into the everyone’s-got-a-cold time of year.
Scroll down to see 4 natural ways to beat flu season.
DIYing your balm instead of relying on a store-bought version can help you avoid a major pesky ingredient: petroleum. Indie Lee’s recipe swaps out the ingredient for coconut oil, the multi-purpose health favorite. Apply liberally when you have a cough, chest spasms, or for pain relief and immune-system boosting.
2. Coconut Oil
Among coconut oil’s many health perks are its antiviral properties. The fatty substance is heat-stable (meaning it’ll retain its health side effects even when heated) and can ease everything from a bad cough to a sore throat.
Before there were antibiotics, there was echinacea. Add a tincture of the anti-inflammatory stuff to whatever you’re sipping on for a faster cold recovery.
4. Ginger Shots
As the recent winner in the battle of the health shots (even against the crowd-favorite, ACV), a shot of ginger brims with health benefits for combatting your cold: It’s immunity boosting, anti-inflammatory, and nausea settling.