Turning to home remedies at the onset of a cold or flu could reduce the symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness. Everyone you ask will have their own cold remedies that they’ll recommend; raw or manuka honey, elderberry syrup, and chicken soup are some of the most common. Garlic is something that has multiple medicinal properties, it is antibacterial and antiviral. It’s also an expectorant that helps you cough up phlegm. Consuming garlic gives your immune system a boost, opens the respiratory systems, and flushes toxins out of your body. Garlic has the most antibacterial and antiviral properties when consumed freshly crushed, chopped or chewed.
There are several ways to take garlic for a common cold. Mix one crushed garlic clove, two teaspoons lemon juice, one teaspoon honey, and ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Consume until your symptoms decrease. You can boil several chopped garlic cloves in a cup of water. Then, drink it several times a day mixed with honey. If consuming garlic isn’t your cup of tea, garlic supplements are available at most stores. It makes taking garlic just a bit easier!
Suffering joint aches and pains? Consider trying this pain-fighting home remedy for natural arthritis pain relief. Traditionally used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Turmeric reduces pain, inflammation and stiffness related to joint pain. It is a strong and natural anti-inflammatory agent with activity comparable to NSAIDs. It is a natural painkiller that relieves joint pain, fibromyalgia and other disorders characterized by pain and inflammation. Not only is it time tested, but there are hundreds of published studies on the use of this old fashioned spice.
Apart from cooking with turmeric, there are some easy ways to consume turmeric. Golden milk, smoothies, or you can take a supplement if you need it to be more concentrated.
Abdominal pain can be crampy, achy, dull, intermittent or sharp. It’s also called a stomachache. Since ancient times, people have turned to ginger as a cure-all for everything from pain to nausea. It’s not just an old wives’ tale, either. Studies have shown that ginger can be a very effective treatment for stomach pain and even nausea.
A natural anti-inflammatory and broad spectrum digestive enzyme, ginger is available in many forms, all of which can help. Ginger chews and supplements are easy to take, while other people prefer their ginger in beverage form. Try an all-natural ginger ale, ginger shots at your local juice bar, or chop up some fresh ginger root and make a tea. Pickled ginger is one of my favorite ways to consume ginger.
Headache One of the major causes for headaches is dehydration. In fact, studies have demonstrated that chronic dehydration is a common cause of tension headaches and migraines. Thankfully, something as simple as drinking water has been shown to relieve headache symptoms in as little as 30 minutes. What’s more, being dehydrated can impair concentration and cause irritability, making your symptoms seem even worse. To help avoid dehydration headaches, use this time tested old fashioned remedy and focus on drinking enough water throughout the day. Staying hydrated can help prevent headaches as well.
Karina Hammer is a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, Co-Host of the Magnetic Heart Radio Show, Co-Founder of Nashville Integrative Health, wellness educator and author. www.karinahammer.com