Colds, flus, and other illnesses are more common during the colder months. This is because the cold weather can weaken your body's immune system and make it harder for you to fight viruses and infections.
If you're looking for more natural ways to relieve symptoms of a cold, flu, or other common ailments, I've got a few home remedies that may be able to help.
Ginger contains specific compounds and anti-inflammatory properties that can help provide nausea relief and digestion support. Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties support the release of hormones that can help calm your body and reduce nausea. Gingerol, a natural component in ginger, is believed to help speed up the movement of food through the GI tract, helping your body to more efficiently digest food.
The most common ways to ingest ginger are through tea or supplements. Do not consume more than 4 grams of ginger per day to avoid gastrointestinal issues like heartburn or diarrhea.
Honey can help with upper respiratory infections and wound healing. Honey is made up of mostly sugar along with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Together, these compounds work together to help with upper respiratory infections and wound healing.
Honey is typically given orally to help treat coughs and soothe sore throats. Try adding a little bit of honey to some tea the next time you feel a sore throat coming on. Honey can also be used topically to help promote wound healing, specifically with minor burns. The antioxidants from honey help to relieve the pain quickly.
Eucalyptus is actually found in many over-the-counter products such as lozenges, cough syrups, and rubs. This is because eucalyptus oil works extremely well to relieve sore throats, coughing, and nasal congestion due to its decongestant and mucolytic properties.
Eucalyptus oil can also help ease joint and muscle pain. Eucalyptus contains a component called cineole which is an anti-inflammatory compound that can have a pain-relieving effect when applied to your body.
Peppermint has a calming and numbing effect that can help to soothe an upset stomach caused by diarrhea, cramps, and even bloating. It works by helping the bowel muscles to relax.
Peppermint can also help relieve allergies because of a compound called rosmarinic acid. This compound helps to reduce inflammation and allergic responses like irritation, nasal congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes.
You can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a warm bath, use an oil diffuser throughout your home, or even drink some peppermint tea to help relieve discomfort or reduce allergy symptoms.
Breathing in lavender essential oil may help alleviate headaches and migraines as well as help reduce stress and anxiety. The molecules in lavender essential oil are small enough that they can permeate the blood and brain barrier in a matter of seconds, allowing its effects to happen quickly.
You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a warm bath, use an oil diffuser throughout your home, or even drink some lavender tea to help relax and reduce pain.
**Always consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns before trying a home remedy.
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