The season isn’t even in full swing yet and already I’ve heard lots of talk about sniffles and colds. I thought that since the season has truly arrived you might want to take a peek inside my medicine cabinet. Please know that I share these with you because I find natural methods to be healthier and more practical than mainstream medicine. This may not be for you so please only try these products if you see the benefits in alternative practices of medicine.
Tired of the effects of popular over-the-counter medicine over the years I started looking into homeopathic alternatives and eventually settled on a few that worked to help my system power through even the most epic colds. These staples work to help heal the entire body as opposed to simply chasing or masking symptoms. If it’s possible to feel better than you did before you caught the cold, these remedies can help you get there. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Sambu Guard
This stuff is beyond awesome, and not just because it tastes better than a shot of St. Germaine. This stuff tastes GOOD, and and it has been naturally sweetened with honey. It’s actually intended to be taken before you have a full-fledged cold, so more along the lines of when you’re just starting to feel something coming on. It’s an immune booster, so the mix of herbs, Elderberries, Elder flowers, and Echinacea all combine for a potent cold defender. Even if I miss the before part, I still take it during the course of a cold as it’s safe enough to be taken as an everyday supplement. Available at Pharmaca and other natural pharmacies and stores it’s pricier at about $17 a bottle, but truly worth every penny.
2. Cold Snap
This is the ultimate naturopathic defense…a modern version of ancient Chinese medicine and herbology. Containing 20 different herbs these capsules have some serious fighting power and ultimately work to help restore the balance of your body. For really detailed and fascinating information check out the Ohco site and read all about building righteous chi.
Meant more for calming and soothing effects, these gummy pastilles are made of flower and herbal extracts that help in situations of high stress or trauma. Since these types of situations often lead to compromised immune functionality, I have these on hand when I need a little boost. Also great to have this little tin tucked away in ones purse for extra stressful days.
4, 5, 6. Hot Toddy
I’ll say it again, ditch the NyQuil and go for this remedy instead. Lemon is a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial, and has mucus-resolving properties that are essential for helping your body fight a cold. Raw honey, which has been used as a cold remedy for centuries, soothes a dry throat and cough. The shot of whiskey is all too important for napping, numbing aches, and boosting morale. The list of ingredients of over the counter cough syrups really is quite alarming if you think about it. My recipe at the link above adds a slice of fresh ginger to help eliminate toxins and also to comfort tender tummies.
These chalky-candy-like lozenges are bad ass. The inner bark of the slippery elm tree is pure comfort on a sore throat. Free of any preservatives these lozenges are also a trusted source for vocal relief for many singers and speakers (since 1847).
I’m not gonna lie, this is not my favorite part of the cold regimen. This guy is very much like a cough syrup, and unfortunately tastes like one too. Its active ingredient is Guaifenesin, which is also found in other cough syrups, but the benefit here is the addition of herbs, like rose hip and red clover, and the omission of extra additives. I often have to watch my colds and work to ensure they don’t move down into my chest and turn into bronchitis (a curse since childhood), so I rely on the herbal expectorant to help keep my bronchioles clear.
I’ll be making my trip to the pharmacy section of Madison Market this weekend to be sure I’m all stocked up for whatever may be ahead on the sniffle front…but still hoping to avoid having to use any of it. Happy cold season, friends!