Remedies for Cold Season
Baby, it's cold and rainy outside and sick season is here. More time spent indoors equals increased exposure to everyone's germs. The #1 thing you can do to prevent sickness? Proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly and often before drinking, eating, cooking or touching your eyes or face. (Germs can enter the mucous membranes of your bod.) Sleep, proper nutrition, exercise and rest will bolster your immune system.
If you happen to get sick, here are a few of my favorite home remedies. While there is no cure for the common cold, it is a virus that must run its course (usually 7-10 days), these soothing drinks can increase comfort.
Medicine Man Tea
My version of a Starbucks favorite has no sugar but tons of flavor. Traditionally, this drink is made with lemonade (sugar) and peppermint syrup (sugar.)
Brew a cup of tea (I love Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat tea for a sore throat). Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into hot tea. Add a few drops of liquid stevia. Finally, add a couple of drop of peppermint extract.
Beet Oregano Oil Shot
Beet juice + oregano oil make a potent combination so shot form is best for this potion. You could use fresh beet juice or I like to use this BluePrint juice which is a combo of beet, apple, carrot, lemon and ginger.
Pour 1/8 cup beet juice into ramekin or small glass. Add 1-2 drops of oregano oil. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into shot. Sprinkle with a top of pink Himalayan sea salt.
Throw it back!
Superfoods can have a potent effect on your body's immune system - goji berries have vitamin C and the antioxidants in matcha green tea have many benefits in the body.
Add spirulina or maca powder to a smoothie. Make a cup of matcha tea. Sprinkle goji berries on your yogurt or oatmeal.
If your sinuses are congested, boil a pot of water and pour it in a large bowl. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Let water cool for 5 minutes and then drape a towel over your heard and breathe in the steam to help clear your sinuses.
My body always craves citrus fruits when I'm sick.
Half of a sliced grapefruit, orange juice diluted with sparkling water or lemon in tea are all great options when you are fighting a cold. Citrus fruits hydrate you and give you vitamin C and fiber.
Eggs 'n Torts
I love eggs every day but they are especially comforting when I'm sick. My mom always made me two soft-boiled eggs with two pieces of buttered toast cut into little squares to eat when I was ill as a kid.
Even now I crave those soft-boiled eggs when I'm sick. To make them, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add 2 eggs and cook 6 minutes. Drain boiling water and rinse with cool water until you're able to handle. Peel egg and add to bowl. Chop into pieces. Add two warmed tortillas or 1-2 pieces toast with a bit of butter for a comforting, nutritious breakfast.