There’s nothing like the flu or a rivaling cold to take the joy out of the holiday season. Between the change in temperature, holiday travel, and catching up with your entire clan of extended cousins, you’re exposed to plenty of people carrying germs and infections. Don’t let the fear of falling sick keep you from all of the fun and meaningful celebrations the holidays hold. Rather, prepare yourself with a few natural preventative measures that will support your immune system and help you fight off the flu and other illness throughout the season.
Even if you end up succumbing to a certain sickness, these natural remedies can aid in combatting it quickly and efficiently to get your body back in tip-top shape, and without the negative side-effects associated with prescribed antibiotics and stronger medications. So, before a sudden illness brings your spirits (way) down, try one of these three natural flu-fighting remedies and save yourself from a sniffly start to 2017.
Oil of Oregano
Yes, you’re thinking of the right kind of oregano (the stuff you season your pizza with) but in this case we’re referring to the oil derived from the leaves. An effective alternative to antibiotics, oregano oil is a natural antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial—all in one. It’s pretty powerful in that it can fight off infections and harmful organisms, while boosting the immune system, and reducing inflammation all at the same time. The antiviral aspect is particularly important when it comes to warding off a serious cold or the flu. Introduce a few drops (three to six) of the oil daily by mixing it in your preferred green, carrot, or orange juice at the first sign of illness.
Not just any honey, but Manuka honey boasts a higher level of enzymes, which means it contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties to help prevent and combat the spread of viral illness like the flu, coughs, and colds. Manuka honey is also packed with key nutrients and vitamins (magnesium, B-Vitamins, zinc, and calcium to name a few) that naturally boost the immune system and fortify the body. Take two teaspoons per day either straight up or mixed with warm water, yogurt, or a smoothie, to keep yourself nourished and protected during flu season, especially.
Elderberry contains vitamins A, B, and C and is known to naturally stimulate the immune system, which makes it one of the strongest remedies in fighting off illness. It has even been said that elderberry goes above and beyond in that it may deactivate viruses before they can penetrate healthy cells to both prevent infection or the spread of infection to the respiratory tract. Taking a teaspoon of elderberry syrup daily can can help stop the flu in its tracks.
*Always consult your physician before adding any supplement to your daily diet or health routine.
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