It’s that time of year again. The time of the cold and flu. Even those of us in more temperate environments, like here in LA, are at risk. So as you battle your seasonal illness or allergies, try these natural cold and flu remedies to help heal and reinvigorate your body, or at least help alleviate your symptoms.
Sinus-Clearing Eucalyptus Shower
There is nothing worse than congested sinuses. Not only does having clogged sinuses just make you feel gross and icky, if not treated properly, they can lead to a host of other issues such as sinus infections. SIf you’re looking for a non-nettie pot solution to clear your sinuses and prevent unbalancing your body with antibiotics, try this simple, yet effective, sinus-clearing eucalyptus shower.
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Essential Oil Aromatherapy
This is our personal favorite of our natural cold and flu remedies. Plus, it’s so easy! Break out your Lavender Beauty Drops for an aromatherapy experience. Lavender helps promote relaxation and calm the respiratory system. Simply apply 1/2 pipette full of your Lavender Beauty Drops into the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together to warm the oils and bring your hands up to your face. Close your eyes and deeply inhale the scent of the Lavender. Take three deep breaths, bringing the scent of lavender deep into your lungs. Lavender will help you to feel calm and relaxed. This is a great way to calm a nasty cough.
Feeling congested too? Add a drop of eucalyptus essential oil to your aromatherapy experience. Looking for longterm relief, try using a diffuser with a mixture of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus by your bedside when you sleep.
DIY Vapor Chest Rub
Needing some extra comfort and reprieve from your cold or flu, try this recipe for a natural Vapor Chest Rub. Once you’ve hopped out of your eucalyptus shower, massage this mixture onto your chest, back, and feet to help you relax and breathe easier. It’s important when you’re sick to give your body time to heal and renew itself, so applying this chest rub before bed is a great way to have a more restful sleep.
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As you’re winding down for the night or winding up in the morning, fight illness with a warm cup of ginger tea. Ginger has some pretty amazing healing powers. From its anti-inflammatory compounds to its high levels of Vitamin C, ginger is great for reducing nausea and other flu symptoms. When mixed with honey, it’s especially beneficial for sore throats and other cold symptoms.
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Hopefully, these natural cold and flu remedies will help you beat illness this year! Tell us about your favorite natural cold and flu remedies in the comments below. If you end up recreating any of these DIYs, please tag “@skinowl’ on Instagram so we can check out your creations!
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