Stuffy nose, sore throat, a cough that leaves everyone cringing on the elevator? I hear ya. Having three little ones we are exposed to everything and anything you can imagine. Not a week goes by November through April without on of those cute little slips informing us that someone has strep, pneumonia, or my personal favorite, pink eye. Apart from living in a bubble or wisely moving to warmer temps, how do you fight cold and flu season? The flu shot never really did me any favors, so here's what I've got for you and all of them can be found in your grocery store aisle or better yet in your Amazon Prime app.
Juice it, slice it and simmer it with water for some tea, or eat it whole. This game changer soothes sore throats and nausea and packs an immunity punch to boot. Lately I've been juicing a bunch at a time and mixing with lemon and water for a nice little tonic. This is also a really delicious ginger smoothie recipe.
What a basic and what a superfood. These citrus fruits are great for nausea, coughs, and detoxification. Just add to your water for a little immunity boost or try making this super delicious tea from Nutrition Stripped.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This one rids your body of bad bacteria, soothes stomaches, fights colds, and increases energy. If you can't handle a shot, mix with warm water, lemon and a little bit of raw honey for a nice tonic. Bonus fact- if you rinse your hair with this it makes it SO soft and shiny. My hair has never felt better.
Sprinkle on your salads or even in smoothies/ juices to alleviate congestion and thin mucous. The active ingredient, capsaicin does all of that and speeds up your metabolism. So basically, you'll be skinny and healthy, k?
Super strong natural antibiotic that clears your sinuses too. Great raw in salad dressings and also in basically everything, Super yum (and you can def up the garlic content!) pesto recipe here.
Raw honey is antiseptic and anti-fungal which means it gets rid of gross stuff inside and outside of your body. Your mom probably put it in tea for you when you were younger to help with your soar throat, girlfriend knew what she was talking about. If you have extra, rub some on your face as it's antimicrobial properties clear up blemishes and leave your skin all aglow.
OK, you might not find this at your run of the mill grocer, but it's worth going out to find it. Oil of oregano (here) is powerful stuff. It doesn't taste amazing but it is a big time immunity booster, digestion helper, and infection reliever. Mix a drop or two in water and shoot it. If you can't stomach it, I've been told told to put a couple drops in a bath for my kids with epsom salts, and a little bit of coconut oil at the onset of flu symptoms (witchy right? but this lady knows what she's talking about).
Another one that you might have to trek to Whole Foods for, but worth your while. Recipe for the ambitious here to make a fermented salad. If you don't have the patience like me, I really like this brand, Farmhouse Culture. They make probiotic shots (LOVE these and good for hangovers), kimchi and sauerkraut. Fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut (both are great with eggs and avocado!) do amazing things for your digestion. Healthy gut = healthy life, it doesn't rhyme but it's the truth.
What wellness list aren't they on? I think I've said this a bazillion times, but greens are just all around amazing for you. Luckily, I really like to eat my greens BUT these little tablets invented by a former model/ cancer survivor are a great sub when that can't happen. Just dissolve them in water and viola.
Be well my friends!