Natural + Vegan Cold Remedies
I turned twenty-five last Sunday! I planned to write a post chronicling twenty-five things I have learned in my twenty-five years, but a cold (or really aggressive allergies) has temporarily dampened my creative fires. Keep an eye out for that big quarter-century blog next week - it'll be worth the wait. In the meantime, I want to share my favorite natural and vegan cold/allergy remedies. Spring is coming soon, and the beautiful blooms and changing temperatures can wreak havoc on our systems. I'm not against taking medication when we need it, of course, but I've been trying to lessen my dependence on over-the-counter meds when I'm under the weather for the sake of my health and my wallet. The following items are my best friends when I'm feeling less-than-stellar:
Eucalyptus oil - You already know that I love my essential oils for all kinds of uses, and illness is no exception. I like to put a few drops on a hot washcloth when I cleanse my face in the morning and evening, or rub it between my palms in the shower and take several deep breaths to clear my sinuses.
Throat Coat tea - I discovered this tea years ago, and I've never found anything else like it. This soothing mix is the only natural remedy I've used that truly dulls the pain of a sore throat, so it's especially good for post-nasal drip or strep.
Kombucha - I drink kombucha on occasion as a treat (it's pricey) but I consume it on a daily basis when I'm not feeling well. Kombucha hasn't been proven to be the magical elixir some claim it to be, but the probiotics in the drink are good for our gut health and therefore boost the immune system. Plus, it's delicious. Try ginger, lavender, or basil flavors.
Honey-free Ricola lozenges - An annoyingly large proportion of the cough drops on the market contain honey, so vegans should always check the ingredients list. I've found that ultra-natural lozenges just don't get the job done, so thankfully certain types of the mainstream favorite Ricola are vegan. My favorites are the natural herb and lemon mint flavors.
And that's about all I've got! I'm always looking for new natural remedies, so keep an eye on my Instagram to see them pop up in a future #SelfCareSunday post.