Natural Remedies for Colds
What can we do to help our bodies through the process of healing a cold? Here are some natural remedies for your body and mind.
- Rose hip tea is full of vitamin C and can help prevent colds.
- Lemons, oranges and apple cider are all considered to be cold remedies.
- For chills, take fresh gingerroot.
- Historically, the layers of the onion were beieved to draw contagious diseases from the patient; onions were often hung in sick rooms. Today, we know that onions have antibacterial qualities.
- Boil a whole onion, and after ward, drink the water. You can add a little butter and salt if the taste is unbearable!
- Cut up fresh garlic cloves and add them to chicken soup or other foods, or swallow small chunks of raw garlic like pills.
- Like onion and garlic, horseradish generates lots of heat to help offset colds. According to one farmer we know, a daily horseradish sandwich is the best cold rememdy out there!
- Eat loads of hot and spicy foods like chili to clear the sinuses.
- Prunes are rich in fiber, vitamins A and B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. And they’ve been cured themselves!
- To treat sore lips, go to bed with honey on them.
- Troubled by cracked lips? Massage them with a dab of earwas (preferably your own!).
Home Remedies for Dry Skin
Winter’s low humidity and harsh conditions can do a number on your skin, leaving it flaky, itchy and dry as an old bone. If you don’t want to look like a desert tortoise, take a few precautionary measures.
- As soon as you get out of the shower or tub, while your skin is still damp, slather on the moisturizing lotion.
- Choose a lotion brand that has petroleum jelly or lanolin high on the ingredients list.
- Don’t go outside in any season without using SPF of at least 30 on your face and hands.
- Try adding lemon juice or vinegar to bath water. Soap, being highly alkaline, may make your skin feel itchy. We also have an e-book with more great tips for using lemons for natural remedies: Natural Beauty With Lemons
- To soften dry skin, add 1-cup powdered milk to your bath. (It worked for Cleopatra.)
- Avoid steaming hot water or lengthy immersions, which will strip your skin of its natural oils.
You may also enjoy tips to Clobber the Common Cold with Food from our friends over at FitnessandFreebies.com.