When fighting off a cold or flu, your body is taking a beating so don't give it more work. Take it easy and eat lightly with easy to digest foods and ones that carry lots of nutrition. Consume lots of fluids such as water, soothing teas and vegetable-based soups with spices that have some healing and supportive properties.
Especially when getting over an illness, avoid high sugar foods like processed juices and desserts. Fresh juices that you press at home are ideal though. In addition, keep in mind that milk products can cause mucous build up for some so best to stay away from them as well. Chose dairy alternatives like almond milk (like the recipe below) and kefir and yogurt made with coconut milk. Fast and processed foods carry little nutritional punch and contain lots of negative food additives. Alcohol is very dehydrating and can play havoc with your immune system. Keep that in the cabinet as well.
You could take the Ayurvedic path and try this recipe with items you may have on hand. This comes together quickly and is quite filling and nourishing.
Warmed Spiced Indian Milk
- 1.5 cups of almond milk
- 1/8 teaspoon of ginger (freshly grated is preferred but powdered will do)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- spoonful of honey
- dash of cinnamon and or cardamom
Combine all ingredients in small pot, stir and warm gently over stove. Adjust seasonings to taste.
If your sniffles have advanced to a congested chest and cough, a remedy using an essential oil may provide relief. The Koalas may be on to something as one of the best known essential oils to use for congestion is eucalyptus. The compounds in it make great chest rubs and adding a few drops to a vaporizer or hot bath can aid as well.. It is beneficial for excess bronchial and nasal mucous and considered one of the best oils for any problem relating to the respiratory system. Remember to never put an essential oil directly in the mouth or on any mucous membrane unless directed by your doctor and avoid direct skin contact as well.
Australian Chest Rub
- few drops of eucalyptus oil
- 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
Warm the coconut oil and add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil. Mix well and rub on chest.
Breathe deep and thank the Koalas!