I pride myself in the fact that I’m a pretty healthy person. I usually can avoid whatever is going around and if I do happen to get it, it only usually lasts a day and I am back to normal. However, this Christmas and New Year was much different. During this time, I discovered many natural remedies to help me feel better. Of course, I did many things I have done for years which include vitamin D and C, a lot of rest and the use of essential oils. I would like to share some the new natural relief for colds and flu with you that I discovered.
Natural Remedies For Colds And Flu
Honey is not just for tea!
Throughout my sickness, I drank a lot of hot water mixed with lemon, honey and ginger. This helped to soothe my cough and sore throat. But I also discovered the honey and cinnamon remedy.
One teaspoon of honey (local and raw when possible) mixed with a ¼ tsp of cinnamon. There are two types of cinnamon. One is Cassia and one is Ceylon. Please choose Ceylon as it is better for you. This can be found in health food stores. Try this twice a day for two days. This really helped me. Cinnamon and honey are antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic.
I have made bath bombs for many years. Who doesn’t love a bath with something fizzy that smells of beautiful essential oils? Well, this winter I discovered cold and flu shower bombs/ shower pucks.
Shower Bomb Recipe
- 2 cups of Baking Soda
- Water (approx. 2/3 cup)
- 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops of Rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops of Lemon essential oil
Put the baking soda in a glass bowl. Slowly add the essential oils, mixing in as you add them. Add water in small amounts at a time, mixing it as you pour until it is the consistency of a thick paste. You should be able to pick it up and press it together without it breaking or without it too wet.
Press into a muffin pan filled with paper liners or press into a bath bomb mold (which you can purchase at Michaels). Let dry at room temperature overnight.
You can place these on the floor of the shower and as the hot water hits it, the steam will rise and help clear your congested head or sore throat and cough. You can also place these in a stainless steel bowl and place your face over the steam with a towel over your head. I do not recommend this for children as you have to be sure not to spill the hot water.
Disclosure: Be sure to see a doctor if you feel it is necessary, but hopefully these natural remedies for colds and flu can give you some relief!