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I am not even gonna lie… life since I returned from my business trip has been a STRUGGLE. On my trip, I experienced a neck injury of some sort which resulted in a massive amount of pain that I’ve never experienced. I couldn’t move my neck to the left or right and I honestly just wanted to sit in a chair and sleep, which I did for a large amount of my trip haha. To everyone that saw me, now you know what was up! When I got home, I started feeling bad and ended up coming down with a cold with a runny nose, sneezing, lots of congestion and just feeling not myself. This past week has been so hard because I was so hyped up from my business trip and wanting to share all that I learned but had no energy to do so. The kids also ended up getting whatever I caught so I’ve been nursing myself and them back to good health.
During this, I’ve asked my friends their holistic remedies and along with a few that I’ve picked up along the way I’ve used all the “tricks” during the past week. Living life holistically can be hard when you don’t have creditable resources to use when you need them. For that reason, I think it’s important to house all the remedies I’ve found for treating a cold/allergies holistically and WHY I choose to incorporate these into my family’s lives. I’m including the ones that I have personally tried but if you find any that I haven’t listed that you use and love please feel free to share them in the comments.
1. local honey – Honey can inhibit the growth of microbes that can cause infection, may also contain antiviral properties that could inhibit viral activity from colds and a growing number of studies have found honey to be an effective cough suppressant and sleep aid during a cold, especially in children. Some research supports the theory that local honey– obtained as close as possible to where you live–may help build an immunity to some seasonal allergies. We also love manuka honey for it’s medicinal benefits. I buy manuka from Wedderspoon Honey and local honey from our farmers market.
2. essential oils – diffusing and applying essential oils is my go-to for any occassion. It’s honestly the first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do before I go to bed. We use oils for pretty much everything and they have proven very helpful for colds and allergies. Thankfully, some powerful essential oils serve as a natural and safe way to treat the symptoms of allergies and boost our immune systems. These essential oils for allergies have the ability to chemically support the body and help it to overcome hypersensitivity. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It has the power to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation — a leading cause of allergic reactions. Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system. When diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air. Lavender is a popular essential oil because of its many benefits. It may help soothe your symptoms during allergy season thanks to its ability to calm and reduce inflammation. One study concluded that the essential oil prevents allergic inflammation as well as the enlargement of mucous cells. I diffuse and apply all three of these together for the perfect trifecta of help.
3. elderberry syrup – My love for holistic remedies runs deep y’all and I am always researching what I can add into the mix to help strengthen our immune systems. Elderberry syrup is something that I started hearing about two years ago. I purchased a big mason jar premade from a local lady in Myrtle Beach and fell in love. It tastes delicious and the health benefits are unreal! It was almost $50 for that big quart but it lasted us all winter and it proved to be worth every penny. I have actually found a better price point with premade kits from my friend Ashley who owns The Farm Life. She is a wealth of knowledge and I have enjoyed following her social media accounts because they are chalk full of nutritional information. Elderberries are packed full of nutrients like iron, potassium, phosphorus, copper, vitamins A, B and C, and proteins. Not only does it help with heart health, respiratory health, diabetic issues, and bone health, it boosts your immune system enough to fight off colds and the flu! There are certain antibacterial and anti-infectious qualities in elderberry syrup (not juice) that make it very potent and helpful when fighting a cold or flu. We each take a spoonful a day and up that to two spoonfuls when sick.
4. apple cider vinegar – Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, to a glass of water helps to alkalinize the body. Creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses. Start drinking it at the first sign of illness and repeat several times a day until the symptoms subside. The high concentration of vitamin C, fiber, and acids are believed by some to boost immunity while breaking up the congestion that comes with a cold.
5. colloidal silver – Silver is one of those age-old remedies that ought to be in every home’s medicine cabinet. Its uses are varied, medically documented, and proven to be highly effective for supporting the body’s immune system. But, also, some experts consider colloidal silver one of our most effective defenses against emerging strains of pathogens, because of its effectiveness against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Whether used topically, for immune support during acute flu or cold, or for preventive purposes, colloidal silver is a versatile natural remedy.
These are my top go-to items (and a few from my friends) to treat colds/allergies holistically. I am so excited to share these with ya’ll so you can use them in your own lives.