Winter is often associated with negativity. It’s cold, harsh and, for the most part, depending where you live, kind of inconvenient.
Winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom though. Sometimes, all you need to do to make it through the winter is change your mindset. That’s what the Norwegians, who truly, unequivocally enjoy winter, do.
That said, no matter what your mindset, it’s tough to enjoy the season when you’re feeling under the weather.
Often times, winter and sickness go hand-in-hand – the common cold being one of the big ones. However, the flu, bronchitis, and sinusitis are also known to emerge as the days grow colder.
That said, if you or anyone in your family are prone to getting sick throughout the winter season, the good news is that there are some preventative natural remedies you can try to maintain Winter Wellness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
People have been using apple cider vinegar for respiratory relief for years.
According to WellnessMama.com, “the theory is that its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies.”
Apple cider vinegar can also be used to reduce acid reflux, fight candida (yeast), and lower blood pressure, among many other things – making it a sort of super food.
That’s because organic apple cider vinegar is loaded with bacteria that your body can use to aid with many bodily functions. It’s also high in phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
The best way to use apple cider vinegar is to dilute and ingest it. Our favorite recipe is this “fire cider” from Mommypotamus.com, which is a cold and flu remedy containing:
- ½ cup peeled, diced ginger root
- ½ cup peeled, diced horseradish root
- ½ cup peeled, diced turmeric
- ½ cup chopped white onion
- ¼ cup minced garlic cloves
- 2 chopped jalapeño peppers
- Juice from 2 lemons
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Raw, local honey
Place everything but the apple cider vinegar into a quart-sized jar. Once everything is added in, top it off with the apple cider vinegar. Place it in a dark, room temperature cabinet for 2-4 weeks. Once it’s ready, shake it well and strain the roots and vegetables out.
Serve your fire cider as a shot, in a tea, mix it in juice or even add it to your salad dressing. Enjoy!
Another great preventative flu remedy is homemade elderberry syrup, which RealFoodRN.com says is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and possesses “antiviral properties that have been shown to treat colds and flu.”
One study in Norway tested the effectiveness of elderberries on 60 patients who had developed flu-like symptoms. It turned out that those who were given elderberries felt they had beaten the flu an average of four days earlier than those who were given placebos.
We suggest you read more about the effects of elderberry syrup and how to prepare it from a reputable, well-researched source such as the Franklin Institute of Wellness, who claim there is a very specific way to prepare elderberry syrup.
Green Tea with Honey
Some people swear by green tea as a natural health food capable of being a reliable cold and flu remedy.
According to Healthy Holistic Living, green tea contains infection-fighting antioxidants as well as “trace minerals and chlorophyll that support the body by aiding in the natural cleansing process.”
For an extra boost, consider adding antioxidant-rich local, raw, organic honey to your tea, which has been shown to help children as well as some adults with cough and upper-respiratory infections.
In addition to being great for winter cold symptoms, both green tea and honey host a number of additional benefits, including aiding in digestion, helping with anxiety, helping with blood sugar and cholesterol and more.
Truthfully, it’s not necessarily the cold itself that’s the problem throughout the winter…it’s the dry winter air.
Our bodies are largely made up of water. Our airways, sinuses, blood vessels and skin depend on moisture to keep our bodies running in top physical condition. It only makes sense that by removing the moisture from the air, our bodies begin to react negatively to the environment.
Not to mention, studies show that the flu virus and other airborne pollutants actually thrive in environments with low humidity, leading to an increased risk for illnesses to invade your body.
That being said, perhaps prevention is the most effective “natural” or “organic” remedy for winter-related illnesses. A simple, whole home humidifier set somewhere between 30-50% humidity in the wintertime can work wonders for you and your family’s health.
Contact your local Aprilaire professional today to discuss your home’s Winter Wellness needs.