With many of us reaching for the medication cabinet every time we get a twinge or a tingle, it’s easy to forget that mother nature has a whole host of natural remedies that will do the trick just as well if not better.
But why wait until you’re ill to take note of these remedies. I’m a firm believer of prevention over cure so wanted share with you some fabulous tricks to keep colds and flu’s at bay.
As someone with a sweet tooth and trying to cut down on sugar, I’ve turned to honey. Honey is one of nature’s greatest health boosters and as it tastes good too, it can be incorporated into our daily routines. But did you know there are different types of honey for different needs? No neither did I until I stumbled across a company that specialises in them – New Zealand Honey Co. This is what I discovered.
If you’re feeling a little sluggish and in need of a little boost, try their Beech Forest Honeydew Honey. It has a pre-biotic rating of 20+, making it one of the highest rating pre-biotic honeys. What are prebiotics I hear you ask? Don’t worry, as always I have an answer for everything. Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that make their way through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics keep beneficial bacteria healthy. ! An easy way to take this is adding a teaspoon to your porridge.
If your immune system is running a bit rugged, try Thyme Honey. It’s full of anti-oxidants and can neutralise harmful free radicals that can cause anxiety and premature ageing. One of the best way of taking this is to stir it into a cup of green tea.
Manuka Honey is probably one of the more well known honey’s out there for its health benefits. It has an anti-bacterial rating of 15+ and is effective against a wide range of harmful bacteria. It’s great for helping combat coughs, colds and sore throats by simply dissolving one teaspoon every few hours in your mouth. According to experts, it’s also ideal for helping to treat skin infections, rashes, blemishes and sore spots. A remedy for good health inside and out? Now that’s sounds like a bonus to me!
I know some of us fear smelling of this health enhancing food, but we can’t allow that to stop us from reaping its benefits. It’s anti-bacterial, an antioxidant, and it can help support the immune system while assisting with circulatory health. Just ease up on the garlic bread eh?! J
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for centuries and can be used either in its raw form or as a flavouring with other foods. Eating ginger raw or mixing with hot water may help with certain types of nausea such as motion or morning sickness. It can also help settle an upset or bloated stomach. For the record ginger biscuits don’t really count!
This not only has a great taste in my opinion, but has a whole range of health boosting properties. It can help with digestion and is great for soothing an upset stomach and mild abdominal pain caused by indigestion. And the list goes on as it can help with nausea as well as stomach cramps.
This zesty food is both antiseptic and antibacterial. When added to a teaspoon of honey, it is a great aid in helping to overcome a cold. Mix a teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of lemon juice in hot water and sip slowly.
I never knew the power of lavender until I really started looking into it. It’s been hailed as one of the best natural aids for insomnia. It helps relax muscles so when lavender is sprinkled over a pillow, it can help induce and aid a restful sleep. It can also act as a great pain reliever when massaged into the affected area and a chest rub for coughs and colds. Additionally it’s great at relieving stress and depression. And if that wasn’t enough, it can be used as a natural antiseptic so can be applied directly to the skin to help with sunburn, insect bites and minor skin problems.
So why not try and incorporate some of these wonderful remedies in your everyday life? What’ve you got to lose? Nothing but your health if you don’t!