For our first post we wanted to do something we know people would really benefit from as the majority of people we know are all sick or recovering from this nasty cold and flu season, so we have made an article to help! Here are 3 ways to help relief, eliminate, recover and protect yourself from the cold and flu this season
First things first! We’d like to note whenever you’re sick it's important to stay hydrated as it helps to flush the sickness out of your body, along with getting plenty of rest to give your body a chance to rejuvenate. However to help speed up the process here are a range of foods, drinks and activities you can personally be doing to assist in prevention, aid and recovery.
Simple Foods You Can Consume More Regularly
Firstly, diet is always important. If an athlete has a big event coming up he or she will eat more or less food based on what their body needs for that event.
So if there is a big cold and flu season coming on it makes sense to change some of the foods we eat, especially when these foods provide all the perfect medicinal benefits our body needs for fighting the cold and flu. We at the retail oracle think that logic adds up, so here are some foods you can implement into your cooking and diet to help give your body the right supplements to stay healthy during the cold and flu season.
BASIL - Basil can aid in reducing symptoms of coughs, colds, and the flu. Some of the best ways to consume it is to use it as a garnish on salads, soups, or any in any cooking methods. If basil is out of season you can fill up the tray with water and freeze it for later consumption.
ROSEMARY - A very old aged herb that's known to provide relief for colds and sore throats. It possesses antiviral and anti- microbial properties and is said to stimulate blood circulation to the brain to ease headaches. Some remedies individually for rosemary include Inhaling the steam from its boiled leaves and stem bits which works effectively for nasal and chest congestion.
THYME - Being a member of the mint family was used in ancient Greece for incense and ancient Egypt for embalming purposes but as of late has been proclaimed for its immune-boosting, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Thyme leaves are rich in Vitamins A and C and drinking thyme tea can help clear congestion and mucus caused by flu.
SPEARMINT - In aromatherapy spearmint oil is used for mind and body rejuvenation, and as a treatment for respiratory conditions such as cold, cough and acute bronchitis.
GARLIC - Records have garlic dated back for its medicinal benefits as far back as 5000 years ago with good reason too as garlic has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal benefits making it one of the most effective immunity-boosting herbs, even garlic supplements can prevent flu symptoms.
GINGER - Ginger is highly effective when it comes to relieving flu symptoms or breaking a fever. It works as a diaphoretic which means it can induce sweating, helping to sweat out the illness. Ginger can be consumed as a spice in meals or in the form of tea. It is highly effective in relieving the symptoms of a sore throat, especially when crushed and mixed with hot water that can be sipped or gargled.
BLACK PEPPER - A very common spice probably sitting on your table right now. In China black pepper is known as hu jiao and is known as the herb that is popular for alleviating the phlegm from a cold.
LEMONGRASS - Is a popular herb turned to when looking to aid the recovery from cold and flu. The most traditional and effective method is to consume in the form of hot tea after brewing the herb overnight, This tea is full of antioxidants that aid in reducing flu-like symptoms while vitamin C also aids in treating coughs or if you don't want to wait overnight the leaves can be chopped up and put in the bath for your body to soak up
LIQUORICE ROOT - Liquorice root is very effective in aiding cold and flu by working on the mucous membrane lining in the throat making it very effective. It can be consumed as a syrup or brewed into a tea. It will be slightly dampened but just as effective.
OREGANO - No stranger to most of our kitchens and in practically most Italian dishes, oregano makes a great remedy for cold and flu whether taken as a tea or inhaled as steam and even serves as an anti- inflammatory for prostate health.
Strong Recipe For Cold & Flu Shot
For something a little stronger to get over a cold or flu sooner it is hard to ignore this remedy. Through personal experience of our team members and word of mouth this remedy is really the ‘go to’ medicine for people trying to protect themselves or get over a cold and flu. It's easy to make, all ingredients are easily accessible and supplies everything the body needs to help fight against unwanted illness and disease. This remedy can be taken in shot format or mixed in different proportions to make it taste better.
Mix All together:
Juices of 6 lemons
1 Bulb of garlic
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp honey (Preferably high Manuka honey the more the MGO the better!)
3 cups pineapple juice
¼ tsp cayenne power
Blend all ingredients together and store in a glass jar. Take 1 cup 4 times a day.
Mainly use pineapple juice to vary the taste to your liking.
A Method You Can Use Right Now With No Shopping Required Try Thymus Tapping
Whilst we have provided methods for getting over a cold and flu this is one of the most beneficial things you can do to increase your protection against catching illness and disease, this method of cold and flu relief is showing to be extremely beneficial and there is very little awareness of it. This method was also shared by grandparents which through time have always found that the old family traditions and methods to be some of the best.
Thymus tapping has been proven to:
- Stimulate Energy
- Boost immune system
- Increase strength and vitality
Our immune system protects our body from disease so it's important to have a strong immune system. Directly behind our sternum or breastbone is a gland called the thymus gland which works as the eyes or surveillance system for your body's immune system. The thymus gland is part of the body's lymphatic immune system and the gland's role in this system is to produce T cells (otherwise known as killer cells) or the immune system's “soldiers” as T cells are the first line of defence against illness and disease.
Here's how to do it:
Using your fingers tap up and down about 2-3 inches along your sternum, between and above your breasts. The thymus is located behind the third rib but any vibrations along the length of the upper sternum will stimulate it. This should be done for 15-20 seconds whilst taking regular slow breaths.
Do 1-3 times a day or up to 4 during times of acute illness. It can be all you need to ward off a cold or illness as the thymus is stimulated to release all those infections fighting white blood cells.
Disclaimer: These are some of the best methods we found to combat cold and flu symptoms. Many of these herbs can be found in your own backyard, however ensure you are consuming them in safe amounts. If you are pregnant please do some extra research before consuming any herbal remedies to check what is safe and best for you. Whilst personnel with herbal medicine qualifications did look and assist us in writing this article all information and other content provided should not be considered or substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and you should always contact your doctor before starting new medicine or health regimes.