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Green cold remedies

Tis the season…for sneezes and sniffles? It can seem like that cold or virus comes at the worst time, leaving you unable to breathe, constantly reaching for a tissue and washing your hands until they are raw. Here is some advice on how to keep yourself healthy this time of year, with tricks and remedies that are eco-friendly!

Prevention: It’s not a myth or an old wives tale. You really can use Vitamin C to ward off an illness and boost your immune system. Try to get your C from foods that are rich in the vitamin rather than pills for the most effective prevention. Try eating more oranges, bell peppers, kiwis, guava, strawberries, dark leafy greens, papaya, broccoli or Brussels sprouts. Other natural things to try: zinc and elderberry extract.

Coughing: There’s much worrisome news about cough medicine, and it may leave you feeling like you would rather suffer through than treat your cough. Before you do, try this natural remedy for a cough that uses thyme. Add three tablespoons of dried thyme to one pint of boiling water. Let cool, then add one cup of honey. Take one teaspoon every hour as needed. You can store in the fridge for up to three months.
Be nice to your nose: If your nose is constantly running, try garlic. Add it to your meals for both a treatment of current symptoms and to prevent against the next virus. If the dry air and the constant blowing of your nose causes it to bleed, try getting enough vitamin K with a cup of leafy greens a day. It helps sensitive capillaries and can also help blood clot quickly.

A sore throat: Hot, soothing tea can do wonders for a sore throat. Try a variety that has some vitamin C, and add some honey to help sweeten your tea and coat your throat. Make sure the honey is local and raw. Honey has antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosts the immune system and can help with a cough as well as a sore throat.

During this cold and flu season, you don’t have to suffer and you don’t have to rely on unnecessary medicine to treat your symptoms. Using foods with natural cold and flu-fighting properties, plus getting lots of rest and staying hydrated will have you feeling back to normal in no time.