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I definitely prefer to use natural and holistic methods of healing, rather than immediately pumping drugs into my system. I swear that over-the-counter medicine actually makes me feel worse! Who else gets woozy from NyQuil?

While I will still rely on western medicine when it’s really needed (like when my asthma acts up and I can’t breathe), there are so many natural and effective methods to try first.

I recommend stocking up on these holistic faves (I made sure to include my top picks + links below), so you’re prepared whenever your next cold hits! Or, if you’re already feeling under the weather, I hope you feel better soon!

1. Lypo–Spheric Vitamin C

I honestly swear by this Lypo-spheric Vitamin C from Liv on Labs! I take it every morning on an empty stomach in a shot of water. If you’re going to buy just one thing to invest in your wellness, this is it!

It’s “sodium ascorbate wrapped in microscopic double-layered bubbles made of essential phospholipids that transport the vitamin into the bloodstream and the cells.”

In simpler terms, it’s a better way to absorb Vitamin C.

2. Stay hydrated

Drink up! Whether you gravitate towards lemon water, warm broth, coconut water or herbal tea, it’s important to constantly be sipping on fluids to prevent dehydration. Warm liquids will also help with nasal congestion and soothe a sore throat.

3. Eucalyptus steam shower

I always keep a fresh bunch of eucalyptus in my shower because: #1 I love the smell, #2 it’s pretty and #3 it’s calming.

Eucalyptus actually has a ton of benefits. It’s antibacterial so it helps to relieve respiratory conditions. AKA when you feel congested, simply toss in a eucalyptus shower steamer or add a few drops of essential oil.

Steam showers in general are super beneficial. They help you feel a little more comfortable by loosening congestion and clearing a stuffy nose.

4. Rest

Simple, yet effective. Now’s the perfect time to catch up on that Netflix series you’ve been dying to watch. Put your feet up, grab a blanket and simply rest. Your body needs the energy to heal.

5. Elderberry syrup

One of my newer faves! In case you didn’t know, elderberries are little berries that have a sweet-tart like taste. They contain a ton of antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and fiber. Start taking this syrup whenever your cold first comes on to help reduce the severity + duration of it!

6. Eat to nourish

As much as you want to divulge in sweets + heavy savory dishes, now is the time to really nourish your body. Try to avoid sugar, because it will actually prolong your cold.

Stick to healthier options like broth-based soup (for fluids, vitamins, electrolytes), fresh fruit (vitamins + antioxidants), leafy greens (vitamins, minerals + fiber), plant-based probiotic yogurt  (vitamins, minerals + powerful probiotic healing), turmeric (anti-inflammatory) and garlic (antibacterial).

7. Take a good quality multivitamin

Multivitamins are so beneficial at filling the gaps that you might miss in your diet.

Ritual passed all my tests. These multivitamins are vegan, non-GMO, don’t contain any synthetic fillers or colors, and are totally transparent with their ingredients and testing.

I also love how these vitamins don’t make my stomach feel upset! They have a soothing, minty flavor.

8. Salt water gargle

I feel like I always forget about this classic sore throat remedy. Simply mix 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of salt with warm water until dissolved. And yes, this remedy is actually backed by science. The salt water will help to wash the virus out.

9. Ginger shots

These tiny shots pack a powerful punch. Ginger + lemon are powerhouses when it comes to reducing inflammation, soothing an upset stomach and also supporting your immune system.

It’s best to get a fresh shot with no added sugar! I usually get mine from Whole Foods or my local natural food store. Warning: this shot will be strong because of the ginger, but just think about the benefits!

10. Aromatherapy

Essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender will not only make your house smell great, but they also have therapeutic properties and will relieve cold symptoms.

Quick guide:

  • mix eucalyptus + coconut oil then apply to your chest for a natural vapor rub
  • add lavender to a diffuser to help you sleep better
  • add peppermint to a diffuser or steam shower to help soothe a scratchy throat or cough.

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