Laura Eliese

Musings on Life & Designs

Natural Remedies for Cold/Flu Season

Tis the season! Along with the joys of the holidays often comes cold and flu season! The changing weather and cold air, not to mention the stress we often experience this time of year can do a number on our bodies. I know I’m not alone when I say that I hate being sick! As a former second grade teacher, I have been around a lot of germs! The first two years I taught, I was sick a lot. But I learned a few tips and tricks along the way to help boost my immune system– all using natural remedies. I thought I might share those with you today!

1. Rest & Drink Water

This is an obvious one, but the benefits are immeasurable. Listen to your body and rest! Also drinking water is vital to staying healthy and flushing the toxins out of our bodies. I’m probably the worst person ever when it comes to drinking water. I just would rather drink coke! But I’m trying to drink more water and I can tell a big difference when I do.

2. Oral Hygeine

Again, pretty obvious, but did you know there is a direct link between the health of your mouth and the health of your entire body? It makes sense; the mouth is a direct opening to the rest of your body. My brother, who is in dental school and graduates in May, has helped me learn so much on this topic. Also, oral health has a huge impact on a person’s heart. Pretty interesting! Take care of your teeth, floss, brush your teeth at least twice daily including your tongue. The longer bacteria can sit in your mouth, the greater chance that sickness and infection can breed.

3. Olive Leaf Extract

My dad introduced this stuff to me while I was still teaching. This stuff works wonders! It is basically a natural antibiotic. Olive Leaf Extract is antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, plus has double the anti-oxidants that green tea has. It is also proven to help lower blood pressure. It comes in powder, liquid concentrate, or capsule form. I use the liquid concentrate, and just take a dropperful by mouth once daily. The taste is not bad at all! One bottle is inexpensive and lasts a long time.

4. Royal Jelly

Funny name, but trust me on this one– this also works wonders! Royal Jelly is harvested from honeycomb. It is produced by worker bees and fed in large amounts to larvae destined to be queens. It is the sole food of queen bees and allows them to live  40 times longer than worker bees– 6+ years as opposed to 8 weeks! So what are the health benefits for humans? There is evidence that Royal Jelly lowers cholesterol, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It also stimulates the growth of neural stem cells in the brain, plus improves fertility in both men and women. I almost always feel noticeably better when I take it.

Those are the tips that help me! Hope they are helpful to some of you as well! Here’s to a happy {and healthy} holiday season!