It’s that time of the year. You’ve felt the first sniffles and wondering if there’s anything you can do to battle the physical and emotional stress of potentially impending sickness. Ahead are some of the tools we turn to when we want to give our immune systems a boost.
1. Lemon, Onion, Garlic Tea
The GOAT of teas. Combining lemon, onion and garlic in a tea helps boost the immune system and a great home remedy for curing cough, congestion and sore throat. We’re also partial to raw garlic. Cut 2-4 raw garlic cloves into pill sizes easy to swallow to receive the antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal benefits of garlic.
2. Vitamin D
Maintaining a healthy level of vitamin D is an essential part of keeping your immune system strong. Because the body’s natural production of vitamin D is dependent on sun exposure its important to have an oral source all year round. Between you and me, your primary care physician can prescribe one for you. If you’re more of an OTC girl, do your research and choose one of the many vitamin D supplements on the market. (Try HUM Here Comes the Sun, $10).
3. Epsom Salt Bath
Soaking in a tub won’t keep the flu away, but it does assist with relaxation. Adding Epsom salt also helps with aches and pains if you’re already feeling them. (Try health food stores like Simply Wholesome and Whole Foods).
4. Fresh PJs & sheets
If you’re going to be in the bed all day, might as well do it fresh and in style. There’s nothing like setting yourself up for a restful day with clean sheets and a fresh pair of cotton pajamas for when you’re running a little hot.
5. Essential oils
While the benefits of aromatherapy are well established, researchers have been exploring the effectiveness of essential oils for flu and cold treatments. When coming down with the sniffles or just to relax, reach for lavender and bergamot oil which is a relaxant with antibiotic properties. Young Living and doTERRA are two of our favorite brands, but don't be afraid to try others on the market.
6. Elderberry Syrup
The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system and ease cold and flu symptoms. We love this elderberry syrup from Crafted Organics (Elderberry Syrup, $15).