Once, I made a conscious choice to reduce processed foods in my diet, I almost instantly found that my immunity improved. Now, knock on wood, I rarely get sick. Even when I feel a cold coming on, I can usually stop it before it progresses. When I am full on sick, I will turn to an over-the-counter remedy if needed—but I always turn to nature first, including the powerful cold and flu tea below.
Gargling Really Does Work
As soon as I feel the initial tickle in my throat, I do 2 things—I gargle and I use my neti pot. You can gargle with salt water, but my preference is hydrogen peroxide. If I catch it early enough, I can stop the cold dead in its tracks.
Neti Pot And Sinus Irrigation
I have allergies and asthma, and neti pots and other sinus irrigation systems leave me nearly allergy-free. They are also great when you have been exposed to illness, or when congested. If a traditional neti pot is uncomfortable to use, find one of the modern and easier to use alternatives. I prefer the Nasopure. Do not use tap water, but instead store-bought spring or distilled water.
Homemade Immunity Booster And Cold And Flu Tea
Below is an easy cold and flu tea recipe you can use as a homemade alternative to cough syrup, or simply drink a few times a week to boost your immunity. All ingredients are packed with powerful immunity-boosting antioxidants, and the ginger and honey will soothe your sore throat.
- Thinly slice 1 medium organic lemon, with rind
- Thinly slice 1 medium organic orange, with rind
- With the back side of your spoon, peel a 2-inch-long chunk of ginger
- 1 cup of raw, organic, local honey
- ½ to 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric
Finely chop ginger, or grind in a mortar and pestle. Local honey is the best because it contains local pollens that will work as a natural anti-allergen—without accelerating your allergies or symptoms. Turmeric is spicy so start with less, and increase to a full tablespoon to achieve your preferred flavor profile. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir thoroughly. Transfer to a mason jar or airtight container. Let the mixture sit overnight, but you can use right away if you are not feeling well. Spoon 2 tablespoons into your tea cup, and pour hot water on top.
This delicious, immunity boosting cold and flu tea is good for 3 to 4 days. Drink every 4 hours when sick, 1 or more times a day as needed to keep your immunity high.