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natural cures for the common coldIt’s cold season! Time for running noses, sore throats, and stuffy heads. Like most kids, mine attract germs like you wouldn’t believe and bring them into the house.

I prefer a natural remedy wherever possible, so here are some of my favorite cold-fighters.

1. Peppermint tea – This is great for headaches and digestive problems. It clears your head and settles your stomach. Just add a palm of diced peppermint leaves to hot water and steep. Sweeten with honey.

2. Ginger root – This is for headache relief, but it also helps tummy troubles. Peel and grate a hunk of ginger root into a tea brewer. Pour hot water over the brewer and let steep. (Combine this with the peppermint above.)

3. Raw honey – This anti-viral soothes a sore throat by coating it with a soft layer, which makes coughing easier. It’s thick, so mix it with a bit of coconut oil so it slides down.

4. Epsom salt bath – Bath salts help improve circulation, relieve inflammation and reduce stress. They don’t directly fight a cold, but they can help you relax when you feel icky.

5. Vitamins C and D – While these aren’t instant cures, they can boost your immune system to help you fight off what’s bothering you. Start taking supplements as soon as you begin to feel ill (ideally you should take a vitamin every day).

6. Humidity – Viruses live longer in dry air, so when the temperature and humidity fall, they hang around your house more. Plus low humidity dries out your mucus membranes, which prevents them from doing their job of stopping foreign particles. Running a humidifier can relieve congestion and sore throats.

7. Neti pot – A few times a day (not too many), fill your neti pot with a teaspoon of salt and warm water to flush out your sinuses. This kills bacteria in your nasal passage and eases painful sinus symptoms.

8. Raw garlic – Garlic is an anti-viral that boosts the immune system. If you aren’t a fan of eating garlic, your local health food store sells odorless garlic capsules.

9. Apple cider vinegar – This creates an alkaline environment in your body that makes it tough for viruses to last. It helps a cough and sore throat and makes your sinuses drain. Mix some vinegar with honey and vitamin C powder. Drink 3-4 times per day.

10. Rest – When you’re sick, there’s no better cure that good old fashioned rest. Take the day off of work or keep the sick child home from school. Lay down, drink fluids, and sleep as much as you can.

What are your favorite natural cures when you feel sick?

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