Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season


| 1/22/2015 7:00:00 AM


During the cold winter months, finding natural ways to ease cold and flu symptoms may help prevent or shorten the length of symptoms. While the days of being sick can be miserable and long, finding enjoyment and relaxation from a warm bath, a cup of hot tea or the warmth of a cozy bed are some of the best natural medicines. Thanks to friendly advice from family, friends and neighbors, here are a few of my favorite natural cold and flu remedies.

Epsom Salt Bath
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Warm Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is known for its therapeutic properties, including relief of minor aches and pains, reducing inflammation, improving circulation, helping detox the body, aid in stress relief and helping raise energy levels. Epsom salt can be found at your local drug store, at your nearest natural grocery store or online. To start, sprinkle 1 to 2 cups Epsom salts to warm water in a standard bathtub and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils to enhance your experience. I added a couple drops of peppermint essential oil to help alleviate congestion.

Elderberry Syrup
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Elderberry Syrup

Whether you decide to make your own or purchase elderberry syrup from your local natural-food store, this powerful natural medicine is known to fight against colds and flu.



OJ Smoothie
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