6 Must Have Natural Winter Remedies

Posted by Valeria Ramirez on

Ah winter, you always seem to catch us Aussies off guard. One minute it's hot and we're complaining that winter will never come, and on the 1st of June you always deliver. With you, of course, you bring your seasonal gifts of winter produce, warm soups, cups of tea, and an influx of germs ripe for incubating in our cosy, artificially heated environments.

If your family is blessed with children, then you get even more gifts that your little treasure will bring home and share with the family. Those lovely number 11s under the nose, the thunderous roar of a chesty cough, and the long, cold nights of nursing your little ones back to sleep.

Fortunately, you can keep these gifts at bay with a few of these secret weapons. It's important to note that while remedies will help you over the next three months, nothing tops getting enough nutrients into your body to help your cells and immune system function properly  in the first place. So up the veggies, the citrus fruit, the garlic in every meal, and make sure you're getting enough sleep and the odds will be in your favour.

Essential Oils

There are a few oils I simply can't live without, and usually stock up on during winter time. These are Oregano, Easy Air and On Guard. Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. The primary chemical components of Oregano are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess cleansing and antioxidant properties. Easy Air is great for stuffy noses and clearing congestion, while On Guard I like to dilute with some fractionated coconut oil and apply topically, take as drops with some honey as a powerful bacteria fighting losinger, dilute in water as a gargle or diffuse in the air. 

Garlic

Winter is the time to up your garlic intake. Garlic contains allicin, our little friend responsible for that famous odour. Allicin also gives garlic it's renowned anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Add it to every meal you possibly can, but if you simply can't stand it, you can get it in capsule form. Garlic is also great when you happen to get a little blemish on your face. Simply cut a clove in half, rub the goodness on your spot and leave overnight.

Pro tip: Allow chopped garlic to sit for 15 minutes to activate allicin enzyme before cooking or eating raw.

Turmeric

Turmeric is another super hero to keep close at hand. Fresh is always best, but it also comes in powdered form. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, packed full of niacin, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, zinc and antioxidants (just to name a few)!

Try making a turmeric, ginger, and honey tea the next time you get the sniffles.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are available in abundance right now because they’re there to help you with their goodness. Loaded with flavonoids to combat free radicals and help you absorb iron from other foods, and Vitamin C to boot. Eat on their own, add to water, drink lemon water first thing in the morning, add a wedge of lemon to your tea, use them for dressings or caramelise for decadent zesty deserts.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is special. It hails from New Zealand from the pollen of the Manuka tree or bush, and can usually be seen hanging out at your local health food stores. Its high anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties will help your body fight bacteria as well as soothe and heal a sore throat. This is my go to remedy for little ones too.

Hilbilby Fire Tonic

This golden natural elixir is a raw, organic, cultured, prebiotic, immune boosting and metabolism stimulating live ACV apple cider vinegar tincture. The butyric acid works magic on your gut while the infusion with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal polyphenols from ingredients like turmeric, garlic, ginger, chilli, lemon, orange, horseradish and more make it a cure-all for just about any ailment including the dreaded winter colds. Check out our post on six ways to have this fire tonic daily.

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