Whether it’s the heat of the summer or the heart of the winter, there comes a time for most of us when we start to feel a little under the weather. Our allergies, sinuses, and bodies can start to feel run down, achey, and a little out of whack. There are many natural ways to support the body in recovering when we’re sick.
Natural Remedies When You’re Feeling Under the Weather
After our vacation to Michigan for the fourth of July, not long after we returned to the hot and humid south did we start to feel our bodies begin to crash.
Long hours traveling, lots of time in the sun, combined with the consumption of alcohol took a toll on us. Itchy throats, runny nose, congestion, and even fever struck.
The good news about this is we’ve both reprogrammed ourselves out of the automatic turn to medication and filling our bodies immediately with chemicals.
Now, don’t get me wrong, both of us in our “under the weather endeavors” did end up taking some sort of medication, but it was after we made sure to utilize the options we are given by Mother Nature.
I can not stress this enough, essential oils can improve so many things in our lives from sleep and relaxation, to curing migraines. It’s truly incredible, and for it, we are grateful.
While there are many oil concoctions out there for many things, here are two of the most helpful for us to diffuse when we’re feeling sick:
1. Diffuse lavender to sleep or relax. It’s soothing and calming properties can help calm the body naturally to sleep, or to simply relax when experiencing a fever or body aches.
2. Diffuse eucalyptus and peppermint for congestion/sinus headaches, migraines, or fever. This has helped me so many times when I feel sinus pressure, inflammation, or extreme pain.
Essential oils are not just for diffusing, they can also be used topically.
Alongside diffusing the eucalyptus and peppermint oils for headache and congestion, rolling on a sinus relief or a sever headache oil a few times, depending on the severity, can greatly reduce pain or tension I may have.
Single peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender oils can also be applied on places like temples, shoulders, wrists, or neck as a similar option as diffusing if you don’t have the roll on options.
Specifically for headaches and fever, peppermint oil is the most helpful. TIP: Put some drops on a cold wet wash cloth, stash in the freezer for a few minutes, and drape over forehead or back of neck for even more relief.
Tea and Hot Drinks
Most of us almost inherently crave a cup of hot tea when we’re not feeling well, especially if we’re congested or the throats itchy.
Here are some of the best tea options:
- Ginger – it can help reduce nausea or queasiness and helps aid in digestion
- Chamomile – with a mild floral taste, it can aid in an upset stomach and provides calming benefits
- Peppermint – you guessed it, more peppermint, this can also help reduce nausea, upset stomach, and aid in hydration with variations of colds
A few tea tips:
- Stay away from teas that have caffeine, rest is key to recovery for the body, any caffeine could cause disruption.
- Add honey to the tea for a soothing effect to a sore throat.
- Sip hot water, 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp of honey, and 1 tbsp of lemon juice for sinus and congestion relief.
- Hot water and the juice of half a lemon with honey will soothe a cough or sore throat.
Nutrition Is Key (Even If You’re “Not Hungry”)
We lose our taste, “nothing sounds good”, or our stomachs are upset- whatever it may be, there’s no doubt that it’s hard to eat when we’re sick. Let alone, try to get ourselves to eat the right foods.
Pushing plant-based and raw foods will supply you with the right vitamins and nutrients you need to replenish the body and support it in recovery.
Bananas, apples, and oranges are easy and usually accessible. Watermelon is another great option as it contains a lot of water, which will keep you hydrated.
Smoothies are also perfect for getting the right nutrients. A simple smoothie will provide the body with what it needs. You can add amazing grass greens for additional benefits.
Sometimes, vegetables are a bit harder to digest when eaten raw, and that’s not always the best option when you’re sick. Soups and stews are great for this, and usually, it’s the only thing that sounds good anyway. Choose plant-based soups, most importantly without dairy.
Natural juices can be helpful when we’re sick, loaded with a lot of the vitamins and nutrients we need, provides us with calories, and is easy to get down.
But most importantly, listen to your body. Eat what sounds good and what you know is going to make you feel better and help you heal.
To Medicate… To Not Medicate…
As mentioned before, I try to stay away as long and as much as possible from turning straight to chemical medications and over the counter drugs, but sometimes, that’s what’s going to really give you the relief you need to simply function as a human.
These natural remedies are our first go-to, to help support and aid the body in it’s own recovery process. A cold and flu day time pill or a shot of Nyquil before bed to help you sleep is up to you and your personal discretion, and I’ll say, sometimes absolutely necessary.
If at all possible, do your best to stay away, and at least try to supplement with these more natural options.