7 Natural Ways to Relieve Cough and Cold Symptoms

7 Natural Ways to relieve cold and cough symptoms

Are you burning the candle at both ends, trying to cram work and mum life into every last nook and cranny of your day?  Who has time for an annoying cold and irritating cough!!

Below are my top 7 natural remedies to help support your recovery from pesky winter bugs.

I admit,  some are down right obvious, but I have included them because obvious doesn’t mean they’re a habit, a bit like going to bed early when you have a big day tomorrow…I’m totally guilty on this one!

The others are less obvious, perhaps even gross, remember I’m a  nurse and quite possibly have lost my grossness meter.  Regardless,  I hope you find these ideas helpful, just hit reply and let me know.

1. Sip lemon and honey water

Not just any old honey, make sure it’s the raw variety from your local farmers market or health food store, as conventional processed honey has had the healing nutrients killed off in the heating process.

Yes it’s more expensive but there’s no point going all cheapo when it doesn’t give you any nutritional benefit.

To make, simply fill a mug with boiled  filtered water, add the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon, wait for the water to cool until tepid (so you don’t kill off the nutritional goodness) then add a teaspoon or so of honey to taste  .

2. Become bigger than the taste of olive leaf extract

I’ll be honest (unlike those people who say that kale tastes delicious hehe)  olive leaf extract tastes revolting. However, it has been shown to have extremely high anti-oxidative qualities,  so the benefits out way the taste.

It has become a staple at our house during winter, as soon as I feel a cold coming on I get into it .

*please check the label for specific dosage and age suitability.

3. Drink plenty of water

Believe me you’ll want to after drinking the olive leave extract 😉

In all seriousness, I know that this one is obvious but in winter do you drink enough water?   Fill up a big drink bottle in the morning and aim to refill again at lunch time (yes that right eating food is key to recovery too).

Trust me it’s a great way to flush out the toxins in your system and help to relieve dehydration headaches.

4. Make Bone broth

I tend to harp on about this stuff a fair bit. But for good reason.  It’s a great immune booster and wonderful as a gut lining healer so it’s a good one to get onto all year round.

If you want to know more Micheline Andrews has written a great book called Bone Broth Basics that will have you making it regularly in no time. You can also catch Micheline and I  over in our facebook group chatting about the ins and outs of it.

You could bribe the kids to drink it on its own or include it in your cooking and they’ll be none the wiser.  Jo Whitton, from Quirky Cooking has a tasty Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup  that is filled with so much goodness including chicken broth, making it a perfect warming winter meal regardless if you have a cold or not.

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5. Stock up on Vitamin C

Ask your naturopath or local health food store for brands that don’t have any added sugar.

6. Use a tongue cleaner

Yes you read that right, there is such a thing. Our friends over at Biome sell them.  Once you get over the grossness of it all you wont look back, soo therapeutic.  After all if you think about it, its pretty gross not cleaning your tongue. You can’t just rely on clean teeth for a fresh breath…..hmm coffee / morning breath, anyone?

To use, place cleaner on your tongue as far back as comfortable and gently glide forward, ‘scraping’ off unwanted matter. Repeat 3 or 4 times and rinse well. Use twice daily for best results.

7. Place raw onion around your house

I know this one won’t be for everyone, and one I’m sure wouldn’t be on a real estate agents top five inviting smells list…But it’s actually a really effective way to absorb the  nasty infectious bugs floating around the house.

I’ve also found that it’s a good man flu detector.  If the men in your household complain about the smell, they’re ok and will survive ;).

Just slice some onion, pop on a plate and put in all your  bedrooms (I use about half an onion for each room). Change every 24 hours or so.

So there you have it, my top 7 natural cough and cold remedies that I swear by.  Sleep is also on my list, but I know you don’t need to be reminded on this one, you’d probably pay good money to enjoy good quality uninterrupted sleep in sickness and in health.

Stay well, Bec

  • Please note this information is intended as a general education ald in relation to family health it does not constitute medical or healthcare advice. It is also not intended as a substitute for professional advice or services from a qualified health care provider. Also seek the advice of your medical practitioner regarding any medical condition or before starting new treatment.


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