Garlic can help you fight off that cold, but only if you use the real stuff.
You eat your vegetables. Take your vitamins. You even avoid sugar. And…what’s that?
You got sick anyway?
I know when I wake up with a congested head I feel doubly bad because, hey, aren’t I supposed to be…the healthy one? My ego takes a hit along with my sinuses. I feel like yelling, “Hey! I drink kale smoothies!”
Well, ‘tis the season. Even the healthiest eaters catch colds, stomach bugs, and the flu. It happens. It’s human.
And here’s the thing. When we care for ourselves with proper food and movement, we feel GREAT when we aren’t sick, as opposed to kinda run down and foggy every single day. That makes a huge difference in our quality of life—even if today is kind of sniffly.
While you rest up, here are some ways to feel better naturally:
- Cut mucus with a knife
Ok, not a knife. But I adore Bragg’s apple cider vinegar for it’s ability to cut through and clear mucus congestion. As soon as you start feeling thickness or heaviness in your head, drink a glass of water with a splash of Bragg’s. Repeat often.
- Dab it on
A few drops of peppermint essential oil on your forehead or sinuses can do wonders. It is amazing at opening up the airways and alleviating pain. But don’t get too close to your eyes!
- Go Neti! Go Neti!
I can’t say enough about my neti pot. It’s most useful to use it before you are majorly clogged up. As a preventative measure, it can be used daily. Once I start feeling icky, I use it 2 or 3 times per day. However, the salt water can be drying in cold weather, so follow up with a bit of sesame oil. I use a Qtip to apply the oil to the inside of my nostrils. Make sure you used distilled water and not tap water, as tap water can carry bacteria.
- Raw garlic rocks
The natural medicinal qualities of garlic can ward off whatever you’re fighting. The key is to eat fresh garlic, not garlic powder. Chop or crush the clove and swallow like a pill, without chewing. Take with food to be kind to your stomach.
- Drink a healing broth
Include garlic, ginger, dark leafy greens and turmeric. When you don’t feel like eating much, broth is incredibly nourishing and healing to your body. A steamy hot bowl or mug will also help your sinuses open.
- Adhesive nasal strips
These are so incredibly not sexy at all. But they physically open your nose to allow more space in there. That makes all the difference, especially while sleeping.
- Sleep, sleep and sleep some more
Seriously. If in that early stage you can take a day off and just sleep all day—and using the computer while lying on the couch doesn’t count—you are going to really help your body fight off the cold.