I’m such a natural remedy lover! Whenever I feel like I’m about to get sick or am already feeling sick, these are my favorite go-to natural remedies. I always like to reach for natural remedies before I decided to reach for any type of conventional medicine. Everyone is different. Some people like to take a complete holistic approach and others like to go full on conventional medicine. I am one of those people who meets halfway. I will ALWAYS start off trying to beat off my sickness through a holistic approach, like these natural remedies. If something does get too painful for me or I feel like I’m just getting worse, I will go to the doctor and take some conventional medicine. Always follow what your gut is telling you to do! YOU are your own health advocate and always know what’s best for you! I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you which of these remedies work individually because I’m that type of person that does everything all at once! I really like to just do all the things because it’ll just be extra helpful anyway. I usually switch of the teas I drink as the days go by. These natural remedies seem to work really well for me, but that doesn’t mean it’ll work for everyone! Here are my go-to natural remedies for when I’m feeling sick!
1. Traditional Medicinals Seasonal Sampler
I always have this seasonal sampler pack on hand! If I don’t have the pack on hand, it’s because I probably have the individual boxes of each of the teas that come in this box. There are 16 teas in here and it comes with 4 each of their Gypsy Cold Care tea, Echinacea Plus tea, Throat Coat tea, and Breathe Easy tea. If you don’t want to buy each tea alone, this seasonal sampler box is perfect. Sometimes I’ll add in some honey to the tea for extra immune boosting benefits! When I’m feeling something coming on, or when I’m already sick, I will usually drink some tea in the morning and at night! I purchase this at my local Sprouts and Natural Grocers.
2. Clover Honey
I like to have honey on hand because I like to add it to my tea when I’m sick sometimes! I’d love to have some Manuka honey instead because the benefits are amped up, but it’s expensive and I’m fine with using unfiltered clover honey for now. Honey has antibacterial and antifungal benefits and can be really helpful for soothing a sore throat! I actually also use honey on burn wounds too! I’m not even kidding when I say that the next day my burn usually will almost be completely healed!
3. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Omg I use apple cider vinegar (ACV) for so many things! I would highly recommend staying away from taking shots of straight up ACV because it’s very acidic! I like to mix about 1 tbsp or so of ACV with 1 to 1.5 cups of warm water and I’ll drink this about twice a day. If you don’t like the taste of ACV, you can totally add in some honey to help with the taste. Plus, honey is very beneficial too! This is especially helpful when I am feeling a sore throat coming on or if I already have a sore throat because it helps to soothe it. If you’re feeling a bunch of mucus, the ACV will help to thin the mucus. It will also help to balance pH levels, which is important for the immune system because it’ll better fight off the sickness! You can find this ACV at many grocery stores.
4. Organic Dried Oregano
This is not my favorite remedy, but it does the job! This is my boyfriend’s favorite natural remedy and always asks for oregano tea when he’s feeling sick or when he’s feeling something coming on. All I do is steep about 1 – 2 tsp or dried oregano in some warm water for about 10 minutes. I like to add honey to mine because I’m just not a fan of the taste of oregano tea! My boyfriend likes it without honey or with honey because he doesn’t mind the flavor. Oregano has awesome antibacterial properties and is great at protecting the immune system!
5. Ground Ginger and Ground Turmeric
Ginger and turmeric are such powerhouses! Ginger has antibiotic effects and both ginger and turmeric are known for decreasing inflammation. I like to make turmeric lattes using both of these spices! It’s always better to use the fresh variety, but I like to use the ground ginger and ground turmeric because it’s just easier to handle. To make the latte, I usually just mix some cashew milk, or whatever nut milk or coconut milk I have on hand, with ground turmeric, ground ginger, black pepper, ground cinnamon, collagen peptides, and sometimes a little bit of unsalted ghee. I usually just blend that together with an immersion blender and sip that throughout the day!
6. Garden of Life Raw Vitamin C
We all know that vitamin C is great for boosting the immune system, which is why I think it’s extra important to take this when I feel I’m going to get sick! I like to use the Garden of Life vitamin C because it’s raw, has some probiotics, and has a vegetable blend. For me, whenever I’m sick, I tend to eat less than I usually do. I like that this vitamin C has extra nutritional support! If I’m sick or if my boyfriend is sick, both of us will take this vitamin C supplement to avoid getting the other person sick! We usually take 1 capsule in the morning and 1 capsule at night. You can take both capsules at the same time, but I feel like splitting them up allows for better release of the vitamin C! I purchase this at my local Sprouts and Natural Grocers, but recently purchased it off of Amazon.
7. Herb Pharm Super Echinacea
Echinacea extracts are so powerful at boosting the immune system! This tincture is a blend of extracts from the echinacea root, echinacea leaf, and echinacea flower. Herb Pharm harvests their extracts from their own certified organic echinacea plants! If I’m feeling like I need an extra boost, I’ll take 2 droppers full in 2 oz. of water, 2 times a day for 5 days and then switch back to the standard use, which is a full squeeze of the dropper, 2 to 5 times per day. If I’m trying to up my immunity just because, I’ll stick to the standard use. I purchase this at my local Sprouts.
8. Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol
Silver has been used for more than 2,000 years and is known to be antimicrobial, to heal wounds, and to treat infections, and for immune support! Sovereign Silver is my favorite brand of colloidal silver because they use bio-active silver, which is what provides the immune support. They have so much information on their website about colloidal silver, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested in learning more! When I’m sick, I take this about 5 times a day and only 3 times a day when I’m feeling like boosting my immunity just because. I have a gigantic bottle of this stored away that way I can always refill this little dropper with more colloidal silver whenever I need to! I purchase this at my local Sprouts.
9. ZAND Throat Spray Herbal Mist
I honestly swear by this throat spray! Every time I feel a tickle in my throat that I feel may turn into a sore throat, this always seems to kick it away almost immediately. If I’m already suffering from a sore throat, this helps to soothe my throat. I use this about 2 – 3 times a day and always make sure I use it right before I go to bed. The taste is not the absolute best, but it’s also not the worst! I purchase this at my local Sprouts.
10. Boiron ColdCalm
Homeopathic medicines use micro-doses to stimulate the body’s physiological reactions that restore health. This homeopathic medicine is something that I use when my sickness hasn’t gotten any better, but am still not at the point where I feel like I need to go to the doctor. It’s definitely not as convenient as your typical conventional medicine, but I’m fine with that! For the first hour, you have to dissolve 2 tablets every 15 minutes. After that, you dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue 3 times a day. They make so many other homeopathic medicines, but this is the only one I’ve tried thus far! I purchase this at my local Natural Grocers and Sprouts.