Fall & Winter Respiratory Remedies
You arrive at work and settle in for your daily morning routine. Jennifer comes into your office to say “Good morning” just before letting multiple sneezes out into the air. After work, you go to a local restaurant for a quiet dinner, when a family of four walks in, and the two young children are coughing as they pass your table. You finally get home, and talk to your best friend who mentions that she feels as if she’s coming down with a cold after being around sick children at the school she works at.
Sadly, that time of year is upon us where many are plagued with colds, coughs, and other respiratory ailments. Instead of reaching for something that may leave you drowsy and irritable, why not try some of these natural remedies?
Horseradish. Horseradish can be eaten to rid your lungs of excess phlegm that are the residual effects of colds and sinus infections.
Fenugreek. This is an herb that can be used to treat coughs, as well as tuberculosis.
Thyme Tea. Thyme is a natural cough suppressant that relaxes ileal and tracheal muscles. Not only is thyme a great cough remedy, it is also recommended for the treatment of bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. The best way to use it is to make a tea out of the thyme leaves.
Spicy Tea. Nasal congestion is one of the most common nuisances seen during this time of year. Making a tea that consists of ginger, cayenne pepper, lemon, and honey is a sure way to drain and open those nasal passages right on up.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be used for so many different things, but it is especially useful in thinning mucus and draining the sinuses for comfortable breathing. To get the best results, take two teaspoons without diluting.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Inhaling a few drops of this essential oil will also effectively relieve your stuffy nose. It works similar to Vicks Vapor Rub, minus the additives.
We can try our best to wipe everything down with Lysol, take our vitamins, and take every other precautionary measure; however, being exposed to others and the environment still makes us susceptible to these illnesses. It is a good idea to be proactive by preparing for worse case scenarios with natural remedies that will heal us without leaving us with the unwanted side effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications.