I was never one to get sick very often, but when I did I sometimes used healing methods that were…lets say…less than effective. I’ve now come to understand that food and drugs are the last things my body wants when it is plagued with an illness. So here are 7 ways to Kick the Common Cold’s Butt without hitting the medicine cabinet or the delivery food menu.
Sorry Bubby, but I think you were wrong all those years. Any time I came down with something the first thing she always said was that I need to eat. She would then proceed to try to feed me like I had just spent 40 years in the desert with Moses eating nothing but Matza. If you don’t get any of those references, it’s probably because you’re not Jewish.
In reality, when toxins are present in the body, spending energy on digestion is the last thing we need. What it wants is all its available resources to fight whatever nasty critters are causing us harm. Fasting is the way to do this. If one is to eat any food, soup is ideal. Bubby was actually right about that, though I’m not sure her Chicken Matza Ball soup was the best one to choose.
Drink Herbal Teas & Green Juice
While eating isn’t helpful while sick, drinking definitely can be. Herbal Teas and Green Juices namely.
Herbs are some of the most powerful plants on the planet. Ranking at the top of the list in terms of potency are Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic. To name but a few of the myriad of beneficial properties they boast: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic and mucus thinning. One of my favorites that is more under the radar is Sand Ginger or Kencur, which is used here in Bali to heal sore throats and diarrhea, two common accompanying symptoms of colds.
It’s really easy to make delicious herbal teas that nourish the body and stave off hunger. My personal favorite is Mint, Ginger, Turmeric, Lemongrass. And I don’t even bother buying pre-made teas; I simply throw the fresh stuff into boiled water and allow it to steep for a while. You can make several batches out of quite a small amount of fresh herbs.
Green juices are also an incredibly power packed beverage that requires little effort for the body to derive a massive amount of benefit. I’ve heard estimates that the nutrients from freshly pressed green juices can enter the bloodstream in as little as 15 minutes. You can also throw herbs in them to boost the healing properties. My favorite is Cilantro.
This is Fresh Peppermint from Har’s Organic Garden in Ubud
Honey & Cinnamon
This is easily the most delicious natural remedy I’ve come across. You literally just mix a bit of honey and a bit of cinnamon together and eat it. Why did Bubby not know about this!?!?! The reason it is such an effective natural medicine, which is known to have benefits for people with arthritis, heart disease, indigestion and colds, is because both honey and cinnamon are quite high in sulfur. Sulfur is well known for its ability to remove toxins from the body, especially heavy metals.
These bad boys can be used in a bajillion ways to treat health issues. One in particular that they are effective at healing is congestion, which is a common symptom of colds, as well as a reason why they can last for long periods of time. Mucus obstructs the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients in the body and so clearing up your sinuses is a surefire way to kick your cold’s butt. A few essential oils that are known to cure colds are; tea tree oil, peppermint and eucalyptus. Depending on the quality of them they can be ingested or inhaled. Or you could add them to whatever oil you use to do oil pulling!
The Jonny Freesh Cold Killing Concoction
This is my personal go to remedy. A shot of apple cider vinegar with half a clove of minced garlic, half a thumb of grated ginger, half a thumb of grated turmeric and a pinch of cayenne. This breaks up mucus instantly and provides the body with a mind-blowing dose of natural medicine. If the taste is too strong for you, add a bit of water or honey to the mix.
This comes back to the clearing of the sinuses. A neti pot is a traditional ayurvedic tool that allows one to pour salt water through the sinuses, which can break up mucus in the process. In my experience it is only useful if at least one nostril is clear, as when I’ve used it with both nostrils clogged the water hasn’t flowed properly. However, when one nostril is clear it can clear up the other one in a minute.
Using a Neti Pot is also lots of fun, and an effective way to attract the opposite sex.
The good bacteria contained inside probiotic capsules or kefir drinks are essential for our system to function properly. If you take an anti-biotic, all of these die 🙁
Putting these back into our systems can help our overall immune system, and were shown to reduce the rate of infections significantly in a study done recently. And as I once wrote in a rhyme,
“Now my liver’s free from toxins thanks to all them bottles of probiotics in the health club that i got to poppin”
So the next time you catch a cold, don’t let it incapacitate you, kick its butt instead.