After traveling over the holidays, and being around a lot of sick people, I have been down with a bit of a cold this past week. I haven’t been sick in a few years now, so even though this cold isn’t bad, it has shown me some natural ways to help relieve cold symptoms. Since the winter months tend to be the most common time for people to get sick, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been doing that might help you both prevent illness, and recover naturally if you are sick.
During my teacher training, my yoga teacher recommended using a netipot regularly as a cleansing technique. The netipot is a tool to irrigate the nasal cavity with salt water. I never used it, until last week when it was recombined to me again. My cold started out with a sore throat, and using the netipot helped to get that stuff out of my sore throat and instead clear out through my nose, so I think it has been really helpful.
*You can learn more about how a netipot works here.
2). Gargle with salt water and turmeric
This is an Ayurvedic remedy to help ease sore throat and even potentially ward of illness. You can make a small cup to gargle with in the mornings after brushing your teeth. The salt helps to draw out germs and turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.
To make: combine 1/4-1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/4 tsp salt.
3). Take probiotics
70% of your immune system comes from your gut, so when you aren’t feeling great, or if you want to prevent getting sick, it’s really important to make sure you have enough good bacteria in your gut. You can either take a probiotic supplement, or eat probiotic and prebiotic foods: things like kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and purple cabbage are all great options.
Bonus (and best thing you can do for yourself in the winter months): get enough rest! Sleep is the best way for your body to heal, and it is also really important for balancing hormones, decreasing stress, and regulating appetite, to name a just a few benefits. Aim for at least 7-8 hours a night and your body will thank you.
Do you have any natural cold remedy tips? I’d love to hear in the comments below!