Nip the Common Cold in the Bud with Any One of These Natural Remedies

The Sidney at Morningside Apartments in Atlanta, Georgia is committed to making sure that our residents can live their best life! By taking advantage of our tips and tricks, we hope that you can easily maintain—and even improve— your normal routine. 

Nothing interrupts your normal routine more than an unexpected cold. However, unless you have a bacterial infection, most doctors and physician’s assistants will suggest plenty of rest and fluids. There are other ways to help your body along in its healing process, though. Instead of making a special trip to the local drugstore to load up on over-the-counter cold, flu, and allergy medications, consider a natural remedy, instead. Here are three you can get started with below:

Aromatherapy Oils

When used with hot water or diffusers, aromatherapy oils can effectively decongest your sinuses. Inhaling diluted peppermint oil, whether through a diffuser or by holding a soaked hand towel to your face, can clear the airways and might even inhibit infection. Diluted eucalyptus oil can be used as a decongestant chest rub. Lavender is great for lulling yourself to sleep when sick, and tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, meaning that it can be applied directly to small wounds or irritated areas without causing any further irritation.

Elderberry Syrup

You might have seen elderberry mentioned on the labels of newer, over-the-counter cold and flu medications. That's because the ingredient has become well-regarded as a natural remedy for cold and flu symptoms. Elderberry, which is a flowering plant with dark berries that is then prepared into a syrup-like mixture, is high in antioxidants and nutrients. Though larger-scale testing is still needed, several studies support the idea that elderberry reduces the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Interested in trying it out? You can buy safe-to-ingest elderberry syrup at most health stores and national retailers.

Hot Tea with Honey and Lemon

Good news: the hot tea you crave when you’re suffering from a sore throat is as medically beneficial as it is soothing. Hot tea provides the extra hydration your body longs for while it’s working overtime to heal itself. It’s been said that lemon – which is also high in vitamin C – can help cut through problem-causing mucus, while honey has been shown to be as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants. For these reasons, hot tea with honey and lemon is a great supplement to traditional medications.

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