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SOS Remedies For Colds

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The winter is the part of the year where our immune system weakens and we’re easily exposed on colds, fevers, scratchy throats, coughs and runny noses. Now matter how bad you try to escape all these conditions, you always manage to get at least one during the season. Despite the fact that you should always dress in warm and cozy clothes, eat and rest well, you can not always fight the season’s viruses. When having such symptoms – cold, cough, runny nose – whatever, and you feel like not getting out of bed, do not rush right over to the medicine store to look for antibiotics and other drugs. There are plenty of home remedies that can help in such situations and will make you feel better almost immediately. Here are few home remedies you should try at home:

1. Stay Hydrated

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During winter time, make sure you stay hydrated with some warm drinks. Try this totally refreshing and cold preventing tea with few slices of ginger and lemon, sweetened with honey or sugar. Stay away from cola and coffee, since these drinks have the opposite effect. Drink plenty of water – 8-10 glasses a day.

2. Fore Sore Throat

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If you’re suffering a sore throat you should definitely try this remedy. In a jar put some lemon and ginger slices, add organic honey, close the jar and put it in to the fridge. The mixture will become like jelly, so can take one spoon and eat it – if you like the taste of the lemon and ginger you can chew them, or you can put a table spoon in a cup, pour it with boiled water and drink it.

3. DIY Electrolyte Drink

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If you have stomach illnesses causing you dehydration try this easy-to-make electrolyte drink and relieve the unpleasant feeling. Combine:

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 quart (4 cups) of water

4. DIY Elderberry Syrup

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The elderberry syrup has been used through history for healing different conditions including colds, fevers, flues and more. It also improves and builds up our immune system, making it resistant to viruses. Since it is best when taken in a form of syrup, rather than jams, jellies or juices, here is an easy recipe to do it yourself.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup dried Elderberries
  • 2 tablespoons dried Rose Hips

2 tablespoons dried Echinacea (optional)

  • 3/4 tsp. dried ginger root OR 1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup raw honey

Bring the first six ingredients to boil, then let the herbs shimmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes. By that time, the water will reduce by half. Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Press the mixture with a spoon to squeeze out any extra juice. Discard the herbs and let the syrup cool down until you can touch it. Then, add a 1/2 cup of raw, organic honey and stir well.
Take 3-4 teaspoons a day, for kids the dosage is 2. After improving the condition take 1 teaspoon a day for maintenance.

5. Garlic & Honey

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Famous for its benefits to our health, the garlic with its antibacterial properties is great in fighting colds and flues. Although you may not like its smell, the garlic is the best way to boost your immune system instantly. Mince one garlic clove and scoop it into a large tablespoon. Mix it liberally with honey and for best results, chew the mixture before swallowing. Chase it with ginger and lemongrass tea.