I have rather a chesty cough, after a slight incident involving a very big storm, lots of rain and three missing cats I got soaked last night and woke up feeling a tad under the weather. (Have no fear the cats were all found and brought into the warm, given lots of cuddles and allowed to sleep in my bed.) I'm prone to bronchitis, according to my doctor my chest is one of my weak spots and when I don't tend to the cough as soon as it arrives I have a tendency to develop pneumonia. After years of trial and error I've found the natural remedies that heal bronchitis for me. I hope it comes in useful, I also follow these when I have a cold or flu which is now a rare occurrence.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I know I bang on about it but it's a little miracle worker in it's own right! I'll take a few table spoons neat and wash down with a glass of water. This instantly clears my chest a little, no wonder is it really with it's acidity! I take this a couple of times a day and just before bed. (Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards as it won't be such a miracle worker on your pearly whites.)
Hot, Steamy Showers
This was actually a tip from my doctor when I had pneumonia a few years ago. Pop the shower on really hot and let it run for a minute or two, then turn the temperature down to a normal heat for you and hop in the shower. Shower normally, try and stay in for at least ten minutes, fifteen is ideal. Whilst you're in the shower take really deep breaths to breathe in the steam. The vapor will break up any of the horrible stuff in your lungs, which will hopefully help it to come up and clear the infection.
Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices, apart from tasting like cosy winter evenings under a blanket, this spice is full of impressive properties. It is antifungal, antibacterial, anti-.infectious and antiviral - meaning it will really help fight that winter infection. It's great for relieving congestion which is why many people use it to fight a cold. I pop it in soups as well as teas and even on my oats at breakfast time.
I know we've all heard in a thousand times before, but we need to drink more water, especially when we're feeling under the weather. Water will not only help to make you feel much better, it also washes out infections from the body and breaks up any mucus in the lungs.
Fresh Ginger & Lemon
I have a thumb size piece of ginger chopped up and a slice of lemon in hot water each morning. Both ginger and lemon have anti-.inflammatory properties, they are full of antioxidants that boost your immune system and and aid in the healing process when fighting colds and flus.
The one thing I know I don't give enough importance to - sleep. Our bodies heal and repair themselves when we sleep. It's so easy to watch just one more episode on Netflix or finish off that one last assignment / blog post / piece of work and before you know it, it's 2am and you need to be up in four hours. Get those much needed Z's people. I shall also take note!
Although many believe that fresh ginger is much better for you than ground ginger, both have their pros. Whilst fresh ginger boasts high levels of gingerol, ground ginger has an increased level of other compounds which have shown to have highly medicinal benefits. It works well at healing infections and is really easy to add into baking, teas and breakfasts.
Be kind to your body, I know you probably have a fitness routine and feel really guilty when you don't stick to it, but if you're feeling under the weather being kind to your body is much more important than pushing yourself. A good form of exercise when you're not feeling 100% is yoga. My favourite way to practice yoga when I feel ill is at home in my pjs with one of Yoga With Adriene's videos on youtube.
My favourite thing in the whole wide world, both antiviral and antibacterial honey is fantastic at fighting winter illnesses.
These are the remedies that work for me personally, as always: we are all different so what works for me may not work for you. What are your favourite remedies? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!