5.18.18
natural remedies for cold and flu according to google

When our great-grandmothers got sick they’d make a batch of bone broth and call it a day. Our parents’ generation were more likely to pop pills than call upon natural remedies for cold and flu, but we’re hoping to to encourage more and more of our peers to rely on natural remedies first.

More people are looking for natural remedies for common ailments. How do we know? They’re Googling it.

One digital marketing firm partnered with botanical-based Avya Skincare and analyzed Google trends for one full year to identify the most common ailments searched for and the natural remedies that are known to help. Boiled down into one useful graphic, you can essentially skip the Googling going forward and rely on the chart here. 

We’ll be sharing our favorite findings from the study over the next few weeks, starting with these wonderfully effective natural remedies for cold and flu. See the chart above – we’re listing only the natural remedies already proven to be effective:

CHAMOMILE. Compounds in chamomile help promote relaxation and reduce inflammation, encouraging the body to heal itself. Sip on chamomile tea or herbal infusion to help melt away pain from cold-induced muscle aches. This soothing chamomile smoothie is the perfect pick-me up for a sick-day.

Cinnamon. Cinnamon is another inflammation reducing superfood that’s rich in phenolic compounds, flavonoids and other antioxidants, and known for its antimicrobial and immunity-boosting capabilities. Taking it in combination with with healing honey activates complementary agents that work together to even more effectively resolve health problems than when consumed individually.

Ginger. Ginger is an amazing immunity booster thanks to gingerols, compounds that contain potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help support immune function and keep germs away. Warming ginger is excellent to consume in conjunction with raw honey when you’re feeling ill, as it warms the body and encourages lymph drainage while soothing the stomach and helping to encourage digestion.

Garlic. Chewing on raw garlic is one of our favorite natural remedies for cold and flu prevention. Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. For colds and flus, it also provides decongestant and expectorant effects. While none of garlic’s components have been isolated by science as the sole explanation for garlic’s flu-busting effects, vitamin C, a slew of enzymes, and minerals such as sulphur and selenium, definitely play a role.

Eucalyptus. Diffusing eucalyptus oil can help open up clogged nasal passage ways, giving our respiratory systems relief. You can also use eucalyptus in homemade cough drops.

Do you have a go-to cold and flu remedy? Share in the comments below! 

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  1. I have found that the most effective way to ignite the body’s natural healing response is to invite and create internal heat. Avoid cold or cooling food & drink while in the throes of an illness. A liquid-based diet is key and bone broth is a wonderful way to deeply nourish when lightening your solid food load. I personally love to spike a broth with fresh grated garlic, ginger, turmeric and a squeeze of lemon for sipping throughout the day. Later on, add some kimchi, rice noodles and medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi to add depth of flavor, increased heat and belly/ brain soothing benefits. Most important: rest! Allow yourself to deeply rest, so that your body can heal. Peace and quiet is powerful medicine:)

  2. TOTALLY AGREED

    JOHN HENRY HAILE | 05.19.2018 | Reply
  3. NATURAL MEDICINE IS THE REAL MEDICINE

    JOHN HENRY HAILE | 05.19.2018 | Reply
  4. my grandma always made me chamomile tea when i had a stomach ache and worked like magic – threw up every time

  5. Very astonishing one.

    seema kyle | 05.21.2018 | Reply


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