It always starts with a sore throat ‘out of nowhere’ — that’s actually not true, during cold and flu season, viruses are lurking everywhere. When your immune system is comprised (by neglect or stress), the virus pounces. This is how it usually, starts for me, I either wake up with a killer sore throat or dry cough. Since I unfortunately, didn’t have the actual time (due to a planned workshop) to appropriately rest, I proceeded to get worse every single day.
Take it from me, REST.
So when you feel that sore throat, cough, congestion coming on, rest immediately and as much as possible so that you can recover faster. Keep resting, even when you start to feel slightly better, your body still needs more. It’ll take about a week or so to fully recover. Lesson learned!!!
To assist with healing and feel some relief, I created a special Cold/Flu/Allergy Elixir (the ingredients is in the photo). It’s jam packed with immune strengthening, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties!
Throughout the day, I’d sip on this hot elixir, for warmth, healing and comfort. Having the horseradish in the small spoon tea strainer kept the combo fresh with a little kick, which helped with release some of my sinus pressure.
Did you know that Horseradish is a natural antibiotic that helps get rid of mucus, especially if you’re prone to sinus infections.
While you’re comforting and resting your body, remember to eat clean nourishing foods (no processed), eliminate sugar as it’s a breeding ground for bacteria with no nutritional benefits, hydrate even more throughout the daily, move your body in small gentle ways (think just a few restorative or yin yoga poses) and REST, sleep as much as possible. These days, the winter has been mighty cold (in the East Coast) and very dry. A humidifier is an absolute must so that you can actually get some decent sleep, aid in helping you breathe while being congested and release some of that painful sinus pressure.
Cold/Flu/Allergy Elixir Recipe:
1 c. hot water
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp lemon (fresh best)
1/2 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp pomegranate concentrate (no sugar added)
one chunk fresh ginger (size of nickel or larger if you’d like)
8 drops of oil of oregano
1 tbsp horseradish (fresh is best; the jar version works, just drain liquid first)
Mix all together, then add the spoon of horseradish to marinate while you're drinking. I keep the horseradish in the hot liquid the entire time I’m sipping it, then add more hot water if the temp starts to cool.
Enjoy and feel better!
ps…if you found this recipe helpful, I'd love to hear about it, please comment here. And share with your friends!
Namaste, xo Janel