Natural ingredients to keep that winter cold and flu at bay

Cold and flu season has been hitting hard this year, and here at Team LC, we’re trying to stay as healthy as possible. In true fashion, our editors like to seek out the best natural remedies whenever we’re feeling under the weather. We try to keep our immune systems in tiptop shape, but sometimes our bodies need a little more TLC. That’s where these natural immune boosters come in handy. Before you feel a tickle in the back of your throat or reach for your first tissue, try adding one of these supplements to your diet or lifestyle. Each one of these 10 items is all natural, which means that you can feel good about what you’re putting into your body. Keep scrolling to see which natural immune boosters made their way onto our list and learn how they can keep you sneeze-free all season long…

1. Elderberry Syrup
First on our list we have elderberry syrup. This natural remedy is great for cold and flu relief. Elderberry is an anti-inflammatory and carries anthocyanidins that stimulate your immune system. It can even reduce the duration of the common cold.

2. Echinacea
Echinacea is more than just a pretty purple flower! It is a natural way to shorten the lifespan on a cold and can even reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. A great way to ingest Echinacea is by drinking it in tea.

3. Sage
Here at Team LC, we love adding sage to our favorite recipes. Since we already love it so much in cooking, we were happy to hear that sage is an anti-inflammatory that also fights bacterial infections. Sage salves have been used as pain relievers, and the clearing agents in sage can help shake a lingering cough as well.

4. Ginger
One of the most common items on our list is ginger. Ginger is a strong antioxidant and immune system booster. It prevents free radicals that can damage cells. The healthier your cells, the healthier you are! 

5. Ashwagandha
You might remember this next immune booster from our recent post on adaptogens. Ashwagandha is a potent root that calms the body’s physiological and nervous systems. This root strengthens the immune system, lowers inflammation, and helps with fatigue and anxiety related to illness. 

6. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is one of the best immune boosters that you can put into your body. Colloidal silver is antibacterial—it prevents harmful bacteria from forming and destroys any that may already be present. It prevents the cold and flu and can help alleviate sinus infections. Ingest colloidal silver or use it in a neti pot to flush out your sinuses.

7. Raw Garlic
Did you know that you have a natural immune booster right in your kitchen? Raw garlic is a powerful germ fighter and can help guard your immune system from the pesky flu. Raw garlic boosts a disease-fighting response from your white blood cells when they encounter viruses like the common cold or flu.

8. Oregano Oil
When we think about oregano, visions of our favorite Italian dishes usually come to mind. Oregano oil is basically anti-everything: anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Mix a few teaspoons of oregano oil into a tub and soak your feet in it or mix it with coconut oil and apply it to your nails or skin.

9. Turmeric
If you’re a fan of curry, then you’ve probably already tried turmeric. This spice helps your body fight foreign invaders, making it a great immune booster. It is anti-inflammatory and has even been compared to aspirin. Try it sprinkled on vegetable and other greens, blended into a smoothie or mixed into tea.

10. Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil
Essential oils have been our radars for quite some time so we were excited about this next immune booster. Eucalyptus oil fights colds, the flu, coughs and even bronchitis. This oil reduces mucus and works as a natural decongestant. It can even reduce lethargy, leaving you ready to tackle the day.

As with anything, we recommend consulting your doctor if you have any questions about these natural immune boosters.

Have you tried out any of these natural immune boosters?

Let us know if you have any other tips and tricks to staying healthy during flu season!

XO Team LC

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