It’s winter and coming down with a cold this time of year in not unexpected, and while it’s only a cold, it still feels awful. I am always careful to limit my and my family’s exposure others all ready suffering but with a small child at school it’s only a matter of time before she catches a cold that is then passed on to the rest of us. I am a complete believer in enhancing, building and strengthen your immune system so even if you succumb to the cold the severity is lessened. These are things that help my family and I…..

Essential Oils

Essential oils play an everyday role in our home and life but especially when we have a cold. We have individual rollers filled with oils for immune enhancing, I also diffuse oils in almost all the rooms of our home during the day and then have pillow sprays for bedtime & oils at night to encourage deep restful sleep. I use my own amazing blends and also one from Doterra called Onguard for the rollers. This oil mix is amazing! I make a mix of the blend with fractionated coconut oil and Ongaurd, I have 3 different ratios – child, young teen and adult. I also diffuse Onguard, or Oregano & Lemon oil or Eucalyptus with Frankincense. My other tip is drinking Peppermint water, this works like no other throat lozenge. You must only use pure organic essential oils, I just add 2 drops into my water bottle. Any mouth and throat pain disappear completely within a couple of minutes.

Hydrate Your Body

Your body needs fluids to expel the cold virus and especially if it’s accompanied by a fever. Lots of water, herbal & green tea, homemade bone broth and soup will hydrate your body while also providing extra vitamins and minerals. It’s necessary when we first start feeling sick to start ramping up our hydration, it’s also super important to skip the caffeine & alcohol since it’s dehydrating. My favourite recipe when I have a cold is  – 1 cup of warm/hot filtered water, 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice & 1 slice of organic lemon, 1 pinch of cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey.

Avoid Sugar

Limiting your sugar intake when you have cold is one of best things you can do for your body. Sugar is the enemy of your immune system as it prevents your immune system from working effectively and fighting off infection and the cold virus. Did you know, that a diet high in sugar means lower levels of vitamin C in your bodies? Keeping your sugar consumption to a minimum is way to avoid colds.

Rest

Your body really does need all it’s resources when trying to overcome the cold virus. Skip the gym or your workout and rest….actually getting some extra sleep can help your body and immune system fight off the cold virus before it gets any worse.