Cold Busters Tips

The rain has finally come LA. Great for the California drought but bad for the crazy cold season going on.

So this week I’ll be sharing some tips I’ve rounded up from my doctor and my mom to keep you well equipped for this cold season.

Cold/Flu Tonic: 

1 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 TBSP of Manuka honey

1 TSP of Lemon Juice.

Add all ingredients in a teacup and mix in some hot water. Slowly sip and let the tonic coat your throat. Thanks momma 🙂

Take twice a day, in the morning and evenings.

Warming Sock Treatment:

This is something my doctor told me about. The warming sock treatment is great to do right when you start to feel a cold coming on.  The treatment also acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat. It is best if repeated for 3 nights in a row.

Indications of when you all the WST: Sore throat or infection of the throat, neck pain, ear infection, headache, nasal congestion, coughing, bronchitis, and sinus infections.

Supplies:

1 pair of cotton ankle socks

1 pair of thick wool socks

Hot Shower

Directions:

Step 1: Take a pair of cotton ankle socks and soak them in water. Wring them out and place them in the freezer.

Step 2: Take a hot shower to warm your body up. This part is important.  Imagine the water is so hot it causes your body to sweat.

Step 3: Dry off and dress warmly in sweat pants and a sweater. Avoid getting chilled.

Step 4: Place the cold socks on your feet then cover them with the thick wool socks and go straight to bed. Keep the socks overnight.

The basic idea is to spike up your body temperature enough to kill off the bacteria causing the infections. When placing the cold sock on your feet, your body begins to act quickly in warming your extremities, thus raising your overall body temperature. If you end up sweating all night have an extra pair of sweat pants and a sweatshirt next to you to change out of so you won’t get chills. Be sure to keep the cold socks on over night.

Lemon Water: By adding some lemon juice in your water, you are not only keeping your body hydrated and flushing out virus and bacteria, you are also adding the additional vitamin c’s to support your immune system. I keep lemon juice in my refrigerator and pour some to into my morning glass of water to help

Bone Broth: While your body is busy fighting off the infection inside, it tends to use a lot of the valuable minerals and nutrients. Thus having a cup of bone broth while your body is healing is a great way to replenish your body’s source of energy and it keeps you all nice and warm inside. Learn more about the benefits of bone broth here.

Humidifier: With the winter season here keeping your home toasty can feel comforting but at the same time a little stuffy. Having the heater on in my little apartment was a really great bonus for me but it caused the air to be dry and I started to pick up a lot of static electricity. We added a humidifier in the mix to add more moisture in the air, which helped with the sore throat and dry eyes. Having a humidifier also helped with retaining the warmth in the apartment too.

Olbas Inhaler/ Essential Oils: Having a hard time with that stuffy nose? Try this amazing tip- Place a few drops of mint of eucalyptus oil on a facial mask and feel that refreshing breath of fresh air.

If you a little self conscious with wearing a mouth mask you can also carry around a nasal inhaler like this.

Oil of Oregano: Kill those lingering germs around your house and office by using oil of oregano spray. This natural spray has tons of benefits and is safe around kids and pets. Here is my favorite spray.

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-microbal
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Anti-inflammatory

Hope you find these tips helpful through your cold/flu season. -Liv

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