​Help relieve cold and flu symptoms

Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are four natural recipes, courtesy of nutritionist Melissa Ramos, that will provide relief from symptoms and help to keep that cold away.

1. DIY Cold and Flu Decongestant Nasal Wash

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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup rosemary tea
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
 
Method:
  1. Combine together in a cup and add into a neti pot.

Benefits:
The sea salt and baking soda thin out mucous and clean out irritants. The rosemary tea has anti-inflammatory properties that helps to calm inflamed nostrils.
 
2. Slippery Elm, Honey and Essential Oil Lozenges

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Ingredients:
1 cup slippery elm
4-6 tbsp unpasteurized honey
1 drop each of cardamom, eucalyptus and frankincense

Method:
Mix altogether and roll into small little balls and let them dry for about 24 hours, then wrap in wax paper.
 
Benefits:
Cardamom is an antiviral and an antibacterial; eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory and decongestant; frankincense increases immunity and is an expectorant; honey is an antibacterial; and slippery elm will help to calm, soothe and coat a sore throat.
 
3. Armpit Hot Compress

Ingredients:
  • A small hand towel
  • A bowl of warm-hot water
  • 1-2 drops black cumin seed oil

Method: 
  1. Add drops of black cumin seed oil into the warm water and add hand towel and soak. Then ring it out and fold it up and place under your arm pits when you're sick. 

Benefits:
This will help to reduce a fever and increase immune function. Black cumin seed oil, also known as Nigella Sativa, has been used to make medicine for over 3,000 years.There is evidence suggesting that it helps to balance the immune system. It's also a powerful antibacterial and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Cold & Flu Shot

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Ingredients:
  • 6 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp dried ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp Manuka honey
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Method:
  1. Simply mix together.
 
Benefits:
Lemons are packed with vitamin C, helping to boost the immune system; garlic and ginger contain anti-viral and immune supportive properties; Manuka honey is more medicinal than regular unpasteurized honey because it has stronger anti-bacterial properties; pineapple juice contains the enzyme bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory properties; and cayenne helps to move blood and increase energy in the system, providing relief from cold symptoms. 


BONUS TIP:  Hydrotherapy for the feet to decongest in 20 minutes flat:
 
What you'll need:
  • 1 pair of white soaks soaked in ice cold water
  • 1 pair of wool socks

Method:
Ring out ice cold socks and put on feet. This will be freezing cold, but the sensation will quickly go away once you place the wool socks over top. 
 
This creates a mini pump on your feet increasing circulation enough to decongest within 20 minutes flat. 
 

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