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DIY Home Remedies for the Cold or Flu

We're in the deep end of cold and flu season and family members, friends and colleagues are falling like snowflakes around me.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite all natural DIY home remedies for the most common symptoms.  Get well soon!

A therapeutic bath:
Medicinal baths have been used throughout the world to detoxify, soothe and heal the body since ancient times. Whenever I start to get that achy all over, I'm-getting-sick feeling I like to take a hot soak in the tub with some Epsom Salt, baking soda and essential oils. It always works wonderfully to help me feel better and get a good night's rest.  Just draw a nice hot tub and add the ingredients below before stepping in. Soak for up to 20 minutes.  Moisturize (I like to use raw coconut oil) and bundle up immediately after drying off.

-1 cup Epsom Salt  (detoxifier, improves circulation, reduces inflammation)
-1 cup baking soda   (detoxifier, alkalizer)
-Essential Oils,  5 drop each of:
   Tea Tree oil (antimicrobial, antiseptic and expectorant)
    Eucalyptus  (antiseptic, antiviral, and decongestant)
    Lavender  (Calming and purifying)

Home made foot and chest salve:
Drugstore vapor rubs can be harsh and overwhelming and almost always contain petrolatum and a myriad of toxic chemicals (even if in small doses, why?) as supporting or inert ingredients.  You can easily make your own completely natural version using the same active ingredients that not only smells better but works better too.  Rub this salve onto the soles of the feet and the chest to help loosen congestion, open breathing passageways and calm a cough.
Once you gather the ingredients it only takes a few minutes to prepare.  In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax on the lowest heat setting. Turn off the heat and stir in the essential oils. Store in a glass mason jar at room temperature.

6T Raw coconut oil
2T Shea or coco butter
2T Beeswax
20 drops each of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oils
10 drops each of Rosemary and Peppermint Oils (you can also use one or the other)

Ginger, lemon & honey tea
Sipping hot herbal tea is one of my favorite ways to get the much needed hydration when I'm sick.
Ginger is an amazing super root!  It has antibacterial, antiviral and anti inflammatory properties; it helps sooth the GI tract (nausea, upset stomach, gas);  its warming- can raise the body temperature helping to burn off toxins and break a fever... and it has a wonderful aroma and spicy flavor!
Raw honey also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It's packed with antioxidants, known to work well as an expectorant and is quite soothing to a sore throat.
Lemon is antibacterial, rich in vitamin C and helps aid in body's cleansing and healing processes.

2 cups water
1" piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and crushed
1 or 2 wedges of fresh lemon
1t raw honey (or to taste)

Bring the ginger and water to boil for a few minutes, squeeze in the lemon and drop the whole wedge in, simmer a couple minutes more, strain into a mug and add honey.  Repeat as often as you like!

*If I'm trying to break a fever Ill add a pinch of cayenne while its simmering.
*A pinch of cinnamon tastes great, warms the body and acts as an antimicrobial agent!
*Elderberry tea helps to loosen phlegm and relieve chest and sinus congestion.

Nausea?  A dab of fennel essential oil behind each ear works nearly every time for me!

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