Well here we are, smack-dab in the middle of winter. Cold & flu season has arrived, but what does that even really mean? Contrary to popular belief, cold weather itself has little impact on whether or not we get sick; we will not simply catch a cold by going outside with our hair wet, either.

We tend to get sicker during the colder months likely due to a number of reasons. Firstly, people are spending much more time indoors and in close proximity to others, making it much easier for the body to pick up nasty germs. Lack of vitamins A, C & D, and lack of sunshine in general, are also factors that are essential in keeping the immune system happy. According to Raymond Francis, author of the book Never Be Sick Again, if you’re already sick, take vitamin C every half hour to bowel tolerance, which means taking it up to the point where you begin getting excessive gas or diarrhea then back off. It is claimed to be so effective that in a matter of hours, the cold will be gone! I have yet to be sick this winter, so I can’t confirm that the above method works but you won’t know if you don’t try. Lack of rest also plays a role as to why we get sick. Sleep is critical to health and getting adequate amounts strengthens the immunity. Your best bet is to slow down this winter and take more time to relax and sleep {helloooo, glorious naps}. Lastly, poor diet is also known to contribute to colds and flus. As a preventative measure, focus on incorporating whole foods high in nutrients; dark leafy greens, root vegetables, and seasonal fruit are all great options.

Should you find yourself bedridden, all congested and snotty-nosed, then see below for 10 natural cures sure to bring you back to life:

1. Oil of Oregano, containing antiviral and antioxidant properties. When sick, apply 4 drops under your tongue, twice daily. This stuff is potent; if it’s too strong for your liking, mix the drops in a glass of orange juice

2. Vitamin C, take fresh or as a supplement. Try juicing 2 oranges and 1 lemon for a perfect glass of OJ

3. Clear Fluids, helps break up congestion and keep you hydrated

4. Sweat, either in a steam room or sauna. Sweating eliminates the body of toxins and is also a sleep aid

5. Homemade Lemon Ginger Tea, an anti-inflammatory tea that is packed with vitamin C and known to relieve nausea

6. Raw Honey, taken by the spoonful to suppress cough and sore throat

7. Raw Garlic, can be taken by the spoonful {do not chew or eat on empty stomach} or added to dishes to boost the production of white blood cells, helping to fight off bacteria, parasites, and viruses

8. Rest, lots and lots of rest. Not providing your body with enough rest while your immune system is down is a surefire way to remain sick

9. Epsom Salt Bath, not only will the bath relax you, it may also relieve headaches

10. Positivity, every thought has a physical effect on your body, for better or worse. Something as simple as having a daily mantra can work wonders

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