All natural way to fight cold & flu season this winter
With a few months left of this cold winter weather, the cold and flu are still roaming around. The runny noses and sore throats are almost inevitable...or are they? Sandy Gascon swears by her magic potion whenever she's surrounded by sneezers or feels a tickle in her throat.
This potion contains "anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and immune boosting ingredients". I haven't had the chance to try it yet but I will for sure be whipping one up for myself the next time I feel myself getting sick. Here are the ingredients:
1. Raw Honey
A natural sweetener packed with antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging the body, honey can also help reduce allergies to pollen. Filled with trace minerals, vitamins and amino acids, it helps coat the throat to relieve coughing and sore throat. "The biggest benefit, though, is its antibacterial and antiviral effects, which is why it is in [her] go-to recipe for fighting colds, flu and allergies".
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a great immune system booster filled with antioxidants. "It supports the cell-mediated immune response and enhances lymphocyte, antibody and natural killer cell production." You can use freshly squeezed lemon or organic camu camu powder.
3. Oregano Oil
The taste isn't great but take it as a sign of how great it is for you. It fights parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungus. Short term, this oil is great. long term, it can irritate the stomach lining and affect good bacteria, which is why you want to use it only when you feel like you need it. You also want to make sure you check the dilution when you purchase the oil. Getting the 1:1 ratio means you will only need to put three drops into the magic potion. "Use caution if you have high blood pressure". Also, if for some reason you can't take Oregano oil, you can substitute it with olive oil.
4. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract is known for its Candida fighting properties and great antibacterial effects. Due to a weakened immune system, common colds can often lead to a second bacterial infection. The extract will give you a boost to avoid that second infection but make sure you purchase from a reputable company as to avoid additives.
5. Coconut Oil
This oil actually tastes great and increases your body's good cholesterol while reducing the bad. This antiviral, antibacterial and antiifungal oil will melt when put into warm water. Make sure the oil you purchase is organic and cold pressed to ensure you get all the benefits from it.
I've personally never heard of this but this "combination of botanical medicines targets the entire GI tract and supports microbiome balance". Biocidin has a bigger price tag but it is currently being studied in treatments for Lyme and helps with detoxification and inflammation.
7. Herbal Tinctures
Herbal tinctures such as Echinacea, elderberry, golden seal and astragalus are great natural ways of boosting your immune system.
So want to avoid having a cold this winter season? Follow these steps to making the natural potion:
Drink 1-3 glasses per day until you feel better or a glass when people around you start getting sick. If you can't get all these ingredients, it's ok. Alone, these ingredients are still extremely beneficial to your health so you can mix in as much as you have on hand.
So let's enjoy this cold weather and drink up!
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