Inflammation is often at the root of disease, check out these remedies to help you combat the cold/flu season or use in your daily regimen to keep your immune system strong throughout the year.
***We are NOT licensed medical professionals and strongly advise you to seek medical advice from a professional before conducting any of these at-home remedies, especially if you are pregnant, on medications, going through any treatment***
Eucalyptus Steam Bath
Eucalyptus has long been known to provide healing benefits due to it being naturally anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and a natural decongestant. It’s especially helpful for respiratory infections.
Ask at your local florist and I bet they’ll have some eucalyptus – just make sure it’s organic or unsprayed, if possible. Use it just like you would the fresh leaves.
To a pot of water, add about 3-4 tablespoons of fresh eucalyptus leaves (look for the baby blue eucalyptus as opposed to the silver dollar variety, since it contains the oils we need), or a few whole stems. Bring to a rolling boil.
Remove from heat and hold your face about 12 inches above the pot and cover your head and pot completely with a towel. Take slow, deep breaths, closing eyes to prevent irritation. Repeat as needed
If you can’t get fresh, organic, unsprayed leaves, then use an organic, cold pressed, essential oil.
Boil about 6-8 cups of water. While it’s boiling, make sure your bathroom sink is clean, plugged and drop 1-2 drops of essential oil. Have a towel ready to drape over your head and the sink. Once the water is boiled, pour it in the sink, stand over it with the towel draped over your head. Take slow, deep breaths, closing eyes to prevent irritation. Repeat as needed
Nasal Saline Spray
Neti Pot- flush out sinuses
They both use a saline solution to help clear out nasal passageways. It helps with nasal drip, congestion, allergies, even snoring.
Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is considered to be one of nature’s most powerful remedies. It contains the phenol carvacrol, which is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic. Carvacrol has also been shown to kill yeast as well as mold, Staphylococcus (think food poisoning) and E. Coli and respiratory infections,
Be careful when using the drops; oil of oregano is very potent and must be diluted. And be prepared for it to taste terrible!
Sage Tea (Mama B)
Sage contains 10% of daily K and small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper and vitamins A, C and E.
One study found that drinking 1 cup (240 ml) of sage tea twice daily significantly increased antioxidant defenses. It also lowered both total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as raised “good” HDL cholesterol
It’s believed that compounds in sage have estrogen-like properties, allowing them to bind to certain receptors in your brain to help improve memory and treat hot flashes and excessive sweating (13Trusted Source).
May alleviate diarrhea: Fresh sage is a traditional remedy for diarrhea. Test-tube and animal studies found that it contains compounds that may alleviate diarrhea by relaxing your gut
Echinacea (also known as purple coneflower) was once widely used by Native Americans and is now used by millions of consumers worldwide to support a healthy immune system.