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Natural Ways to Boost Your Body this WinterAs winter sets in and the frost settles onto the ground, winter bugs inevitably follow. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, it’s not just the weather that you can leave you feeling a little worse for wear around this time of year! In an effort to stave off those winter ailments, we’ve been on the hunt for some natural remedies that you can incorporate into your day to day routine to not only boost your immunity, but fight off those annoying winter symptoms before they really set in.
Aches & PainsWhether you have arthritis or general aches and pains, cold, damp weather can often be a culprit of flare ups. Without resorting to a trip to the pharmacy, there are a few things that you can do to help minimise these effects and you might even have them lurking at the back of your spice rack!
TurmericThis yellow spice often reserved for a homemade Korma is actually a natural anti-inflammatory as well as being a natural pain killer. Best of all Turmeric has been proven to have anti-arthritic properties making it perfect for those who suffer with arthritis. Feel those pains coming on? Treat yourself to a curry!
LiquoriceNot just a sweet shop favourite, liquorice is a natural inflammatory and decreases free radicals where inflammation strikes and stops enzymes being produced to block and relieve inflammation. For a simple way to help reduce pain, drink a liquorice based tea or alternatively, don’t pass up on those Liquorice Allsorts when they’re being passed around the office!
Coughs and ColdsBetween the kids picking up bugs from school and coughs, colds and sniffles moving through the office like wildfire, the common cold is the number one illness to be struck down by during the colder months but worry not as there’s plenty of things that you probably have lying around in your kitchen cupboard that can ease the symptoms.
GarlicEating garlic has been medically proven to reduce your risk of catching the common cold by more than half thanks to the amount of anti-oxidants that are packed into each clove. Garlic is also a great way to naturally treat the symptoms of sickness. Do yourself a favour and delve into the garlic bread or alternatively whip up a soothing and delicious tomato and garlic soup.
RosemaryNot just great on your roast potatoes, this humble herb can actually help to treat nasal congestion, making it perfect when you’ve got a bunged up nose. With warming qualities, rosemary is perfect for not only clearing congestion in your nose but on your chest too, so it’s perfect when you’re feeling worse for wear!
Sore ThroatsFrom singing a little too enthusiastically at the Christmas party to the common cold, there's plenty of reasons why we get a sore throat around this time of year. Get rid of that scratchy feeling with these simple at-home remedies!
SaltIt may not sound overly appetizing, but thanks to the natural anti-bacterial properties of salt, gargling with salt water is actually one of the best ways to treat a sore throat. Mix up a tablespoon of salt into a glass of warm water, stir thoroughly and gargle for 30 seconds . The salt works to wash out any bacteria that might be lurking while the warm water can help to soothe any soreness.
GingerIf there’s one scent that is sure to bring back memories of the festive season, its ginger, but believe it or not, it’s not just great in baked form. With natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is the perfect ingredient to turn to when you have a sore throat, reducing swelling and getting rid of any nasties before they really set in. Opt for ginger based teas when your throat is feeling a little scratchy and you’ll be right as rain in no time.
Nausea and SicknessHad one too many mince pies in the run up to Christmas or is the thought of battling the Christmas shopping crowds making you feel a little queasy? Even when that dreaded Winter flu hits, there’s a few natural ways that you can ease the feeling of nausea and sickness.
PeppermintNot just great as a breath freshener, peppermint has actually been proven to be one of the most effective (and tasty!) ways to ease nausea and sickness and it’s even a recommended way to naturally treat the effects of morning sickness during pregnancy. Simply suck on a peppermint boiled sweet or alternatively, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a diffuser and breathe in the minty air to gradually reduce the feelings of sickness.
LemonThe fresh, citrus smell of lemon is a great way to fight the feeling of nausea and sickness. Cut some slices, pop them into a freezer bag and freeze. When you feel the dreaded feeling of sickness coming on, simply suck on the frozen lemon slices. Not only is it a great way to take your mind off it, but the coldness also helps to soothe your stomach. So hopefully a few of those tips will come in handy over the next few months, but if you have any natural remedies of your own, we’d love to hear them! Share your home remedies with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages!