Hey there beautiful souls,
Here’s a post on something I feel quite passionately about. I hate taking medicine – I sometimes feel like that the amount of paracetamol/ibuprofen or even penicillin I have had in my life must have by now made me nearly immune! I am a firm believer in natural remedies and no I am not saying that we shouldn’t use medicine – god knows I still grab the paracetamol when I feel ill or am in pain. However, I also want to put it out there that natural hacks can work too, or at least aid our recovery process and this is something I want to work on. I want to try using natural remedies more in my day to day life to improve my general health, so that I hopefully won’t have to pick up the paracetamol or ibuprofen as often.
Here are two of my favourite natural health hacks suited for sore throats and general colds which I use alongside regular cold&flu medicine. Note these are great for everyday use too and don’t have to just be used when feeling unwell.
Hot water with lemon and ginger –
- Lemon, which is rich in vitamin C can balance you PH and works wonders to flush out toxins in the morning and being a natural antiseptic helps prevent infections and aids the digestive system.
- Ginger is apparently great for combating nausea, can reduce pain and inflammation and can sooth the digestive system.
This is a great drink to start your day with. It is recommended to drink at least half an hour before breakfast if possible to help flush out the toxins. This brew would also be great to gurgle before bed especially if you have a cold or a throat infection. I am trying to work this into my everyday morning routine and feel much better for it when I do.
Sage Tea –
- Sage is also known to be a natural antiseptic, it is high in antioxidants (and apparently aids mental clarity).
In my family we have always drank sage tea when we had a sore throat and especially chewing the leaves has worked for me to reduce the pain for a while. So stock up on some sage tea guys or plant a sage bush in your garden, they are quite hardy plants and survive well. By the way you could also add it to your lemon and ginger brew – be creative, this herb also works well in cooking.
Let me know if you use Lemon, Ginger or Sage and if so, what for/if they work for you!?