How We Take Care of Ourselves: Home Remedies for Cold and Flu

Last week I came down with a horrible cold. Fever, chills, aches, the works.

I slept nearly 12 hours straight in one night, and when I woke up I knew I had to take action to take care of myself. It always takes me a little while to remember exactly how to do this, but eventually I started brewing a pot of tea and added fresh lemon juice. Then I cooked up a pot of soup with a whole head of garlic, broccoli, and some cannellini beans.


I took a hot shower with a few drops of eucalyptus and cinnamon essential oils in the base of the bath.

Lastly, I tried rubbing thieves’ oil (in some sweet almond oil) on the soles of my feet.

Now I will be prepared for next time. Hopefully it won’t be too soon…

How about you? How do you take care of yourself when you have a cold or flu?



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  1. Eat/Drink:
    Raw garlic cloves
    Kelly’s Coldbuster Smoothie: 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup carrot juice, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tsp cinnamon, plus a banana to bind it all
    Hot water + honey + juice of one lemon + cinnamon stick + turmeric
    Fenugreek 3-4 times a day (decongestant)
    Vitamin D, 1000IU, 3-4 times a day
    Spicy broth (I used Sriracha in miso soup)
    Plenty of water

    Liquid tylenol
    Salt water
    Water with turmeric

    A neti pot
    A humidifier
    A hot pack on the shoulders/neck/head/face
    Frequent hot showers

    A lot
    On an incline (I used a bed wedge)
    After taking Benadryl
    After receiving a back/neck/shoulder rub

    Refined sugar
    Refined flour

    • This is amazing. I love that your Coldbuster smoothie contains cinnamon and coconut oil – I learned recently that both have antibacterial properties. I could see that smoothie doing the trick! I always seem to feel better after stir frying garlic, ginger, and greens in coconut oil, and then licking that coconut oil spoon after administering from the jar…Thanks for your thoughts!

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