Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

With the flu virus all over the media, I thought it would be a good idea to look at natural alternatives for prevention and remedies. There are some tried and true cold/flu prevention and remedies to keep handy, especially if you would like to avoid the chemicals included in so many over-the-counter medicines.

Natural Prevention

Nature provides us with a lot of natural germ fighters. Herbs such as Garlic, Astragalus and Propolis extract are thought to be natural viral killers. These can be found in capsule form at most health food stores.

Another proven germ fighter is yogurt. Some studies show that eating a daily cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to viruses by 25 percent. Researchers think the beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate production of immune system substances that fight disease.

Natural Remedies

If you happen to get sick this year, there are many natural choices to alleviate your symptoms.

Essential Oils
Pour peppermint oil or eucalyptus into a hot bath to stimulate and relax sore muscles. Eucalyptus and camphor oils can also be inhaled in steam shower or through a hanky to alleviate congestion.

A gargle made with honey is a natural way to alleviate a sore throat. Steep one tablespoon of lemon juice in two cups of hot water; mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling.

Teas and warm liquids
Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. Teas that are also thought to help boost immunity include Green Tea, Echinacea and Ginger.

What other natural remedies work for you? Let us know.

Until next week, have a safe, happy and healthy week ahead.

-Coach Jenn
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