Fight the flu with these DIY remedies for better health
Nothing can knock you down quite like a cold or flu. So if you're under the weather, we have some all-natural remedies to nurse you back to better health. Now of course – as always – check with your doctor before trying anything new.
Pineapple Express Cough Remedy
Pineapple is a wonder fruit when it comes to many things – including a cough! That's because it contains some magic in its core. It contains the enzyme Bromelain which researchers say can reduce your cough symptoms and nasal mucus, too. And it can also help relieve inflammation.
You can keep this remedy in the refrigerator and take as needed. A spoonful or a shot can be added to your tea – or you can even drink a half cup! The remedy should last for about a week. Now, if your cough is persistent you should check in with your doctor. And a note of caution – pregnant women should avoid Bromelain.
Measure out 2 cups of fresh pineapple and 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger (peeled and chopped). Blend them together, and then add in 1 tablespoon of honey and ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Finish off your cough remedy by adding the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon. This makes approximately 1.5-2 cups.
Farewell Fever Tea
Many doctors say that for adults, you have a fever if your temperature is above 39°C (102 °F). If you have other symptoms that come along with your fever, such as severe headache or trouble breathing – see your doctor. Otherwise if you're feeling heated, we have a tea that could just be your cup of tea to grant you some relief. It features Linden and Elderberry, which can both induce sweating that may help break a fever. They've been used for centuries to help ease certain conditions including colds and the dreaded flu. And the good news is – making this tea is very simple!
A word of caution – if you are pregnant, you should consult with your doctor before taking anything with Linden. This also applies to heart patients or those on lithium medication, as it could interfere with certain meds. So be sure to talk to your doctor before consuming a cup. If you get the OK, you should not consume more than 3 cups per day – that goes for everyone. Have a little one at home who is under the weather? Kids can drink this tea, too!
For one pot of this remedy, add 1-2 teaspoons of Linden flower into an infuser, along with 1 tablespoon of Elderberry and 1 cinnamon stick. Then, pour hot water into your teapot and let your tea steep for 3-10 minutes depending on your desired strength.
Being sick is draining, so it is very common to feel fatigued. Getting rest and plenty of fluids is key. And we have a Recovery Refreshment to help restore some of your energy and keep you hydrated! The star ingredient in this beverage is Kumquats. They originate in China where they're called the golden orange – some say it's because they are a gold mine of nutrients. They're loaded with vitamin A, C and E, to name a few.
Either squeeze or blend together 4 boxes of kumquats (the skin is edible so you can toss them in whole). Once blended, pour them into a pitcher and add 3 tablespoons of honey, ¼ cup lime juice and 1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt (or you can use regular salt, instead). This recipe makes 1 cup and you can enjoy it cold or warm.