The cold season is here and we have just the right remedies to help your immune system fight back. There are hundreds of viruses that create colds, Rhinovirus being the most common. The easiest way to catch a cold is from your hands or objects that have been in contact with the infected person. Cold viruses can live on your hands for up to 2 hrs and on objects for days. Once in contact with the virus you may not show symptoms right away. There can be a 1 to 5 day incubation period after exposure. Stay healthy and fight back by trying one of Bombshell’s remedies!
THYME- Thyme is an expectorant which means it helps clear out your lungs faster and allows you to feel better sooner. Thyme is best as a tea.
OREGANO OIL– Oregano is a wonderful herb that’s a natural antibiotic and also has antiviral properties. Adding 5-6 drops to a glass of water and gargled helps with a sore throat. Adding 5-6 to a glass of water and drank can kill flu or infection. Pregnant women should not take oregano oil.
ECHINACEA– Echinacea is believed to stimulate the body’s immune system and help ward off infections. Numerous studies have shown the root to cut the chances of catching a cold by more than half, and shorten the duration of a cold by 1-2 days. Brew this flower in hot tea or purchase as a supplement, and be sure to check for allergy symptoms.
ELDERBERRY- Elderberry is known for its antiviral and potential immune stimulating properties. You can take Elderberry in tea form or as supplements.
VITAMIN C- Vitamin C is known to reduce the duration of cold symptoms when taken before the onset of a common cold. Vitamin C is water-soluble, meaning you’ll need to take vitamin C supplements with water to absorb properly and prevent upset stomach and diarrhea. Many citrus fruits like oranges are rich in vitamin C.
HONEY- Honey is known to promote healing, reduce inflammation, and have antimicrobial effects. Honey may also be helpful for decreasing cough frequency. You can take your honey straight or try putting it in your tea.
Remember to always consult with your doctor before relying on herbal remedies.