Good Morning everyone! Today I will be sharing some great tips on helping you get rid of that nasty cold of flu that has been plaguing you. Also some of these remedies are great for keeping you from catching that bug that you feel is coming on. Whether home remedies actually work is always up for debate but I have been able to stay free of illness and stop illness from continuing for over 18 months now. One thing I do know is that at the very least these remedies will make you feel less sick and that is the most important part!

Oil of Oregano: I have been taking oil of oregano daily for almost 2 years. I swear it is what keeps me healthy. Jon calls it my witches brew and he hates it but I have never felt better. Previous to taking it as a daily supplement I was sick at least 4-6 times a year. I take 2 drop daily under my tongue with a glass of water. If I feel like something may be coming on I will take it twice a day to make sure the illness goes no further!

Lemon, ginger and honey: I am sure you have heard this one before. Even if it does not magically cure you it will make you feel a lot better for the time being. The elixir will relieve many of the symptoms that accompany flu, cold, infection and inflammation. Slice lemon in to quarters and put into a jar. Grate some ginger and add it to the lemons. Use as much ginger as you want, I love ginger so I would say use a lot of it. Stir in honey to the top of the jar. Cap the jar and keep this on hand for when you are not feeling well. When you want to use add a tbsp to a cup of tea or even to plain hot water. The jar can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Chicken soup: This is an old and a good remedy for what ails you. There are even medical experts that have proven that chicken soup does have healing properties. A lot of people say that it is the steam from the soup that is actually helping you to clear up congestion and begin to feel better. Many of the spices that we add to home-made chicken soup such as garlic and pepper work similarly to cough medicine thinning mucus and making it easier for you to breathe. You can use canned soup but since I love cooking soup, I would cook my own. It also is great therapy to smell it simmering on the stove!

Apple Cider Vinegar: Another remedy that Jon thinks is gross but I swear by. I love using Apple Cider Vinegar for many health benefits and I keep a bottle in my fridge at all times. You can use it daily to hep ward of colds. It can be bought in capsule form and also in liquid. I prefer the liquid form and just add some to a glass of water. If I have a scratchy throat 1tsp of APV in a glass of water has helped to soothe it and make my sore throat disappear.

These are my favorite ways to take care of cold and flu. I hope that these tips can help you when and if you are feeling under the weather. What are your favorite ways to take care of cold and flu?


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