Cold and Flu season is officially in full swing, and unfortunately, frequent hand washing, 8 hours of sleep, and avoidance of the sneezing lady on the bus will only go so far.
If you succumb to a winter illness, your first instinct may be to head to the doctor to get a dose of antibiotics.
Practitioners have a lot of powerful medicine at their disposal, and antibiotics have been wonder drugs at fighting harmful bacteria for decades. As time goes on, bacteria has become more and more resistant to many commonly used antibiotics, which has been frequently accredited to over-prescription. The CDC put together this handy guide if you want to know more about antibiotic resistance. Sometimes antibiotics are the absolute way to go, sometimes they aren’t.
Either way, there are natural anti-microbials all around us that can help us heal. I put together this chalkboard of commonly found flu-fighters (and gained so much respect for creative people/people who can spell/people with legible handwriting in the process).
With these seven ingredients you can make an endless number of tonics, but I’ll share my two favorites here.
32 oz water
4 gloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1 tbsp raw honey
1 knob ginger, minced
1 inch turmeric, minced
Mix and stir in a pot over lowest possible heat, sipping throughout the day. The garlic and honey fight bacteria, cayenne boosts the immune system and opens sinuses, and ginger and lemon soothe sore throats.
1 small bunch oregano
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp lemon juice
Steep leaves in hot water, add honey and lemon juice after removing from heat. Oregano inhibits bacteria growth and has 42 times the antioxidant activity of apples.
A healthy night of sleep, lots of water, and managed stress can go a long way to combatting illness, but these warm remedies can help out should a winter bug get you down.