All-Natural Cough Remedies

California is in full bloom, and lots of people’s allergies are causing runny noses, watery eyes, and lot’s of coughing. If you’re starting to feel a sore throat coming on, or already have a cough, there are several zero waste cough remedies that could help.

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First and foremost, always remember to put health first! Going to see your doctor and resting up are two essentials to this.

With that said, there are lots of natural remedies to coughs. Here are a few I personally prefer.

Related: Zero Waste Cold and Flu Remedies

honey:

Local raw honey is one of the best treatments for a sore throat and a cough. Not only does it taste delicious, but it will help sooth your throat.

Just make sure to get local raw honey, as store bought honey is often “ultra-filtered” through heat and pasteurization. This processing destroys the beneficial compounds, pollen and enzymes that make raw honey so nutrient dense.

You can look for local raw honey at your local farmers market, or check online. Just do a quick google search of “local raw honey near me” or specify the state you’re in.

When you get your hands on the honey, you can eat a tablespoon of it straight up to help with a cough. Two to four tablespoons of raw honey a day is best (one at night, one in the morning).

However, if you have a coughing fit, feel free to reach for the honey to help calm it down!

You can also mix in two tablespoons of honey into your tea, and drink this honey tea at least twice a day. Tea is very soothing to the throat as well, so the two combined should help nicely.

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ginger:

Believe it or not, ginger may actually help ease a dry throat, seeing as it has anti-inflammatory properties. As a bonus, it also helps relieve nausea and pain.

If you find yourself coughing a lot, ginger can help relax membranes in the airways, which can help reduce the amount you cough.

I suggest brewing up a cup of ginger tea using fresh ginger slices. You can add them directly to the hot water and let it steep a few minutes.

You can also add honey or lemon juice to improve the taste and increase the benefits of ginger tea. Opt for organic ginger whenever possible too.

Drink ginger tea at least twice a day for the best results.

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fluids:

As a general rule, you should always consume more fluids when you’re sick. Your body really needs them to help flush out toxins.

Make sure you’re getting enough water, for starters. You should be aiming for at least 8 cups of water a day.

Drinking liquids at room temperature can also help alleviate a cough, runny nose, and sneezing. So the next time you reach for some water, consider not drinking it ice cold.

However, drinking some warming fluids will also help with a sore throat and cough. Specifically, hot drinks.

Try to consume more tea and soup whenever you have a cough. Consuming fluids will be easier on your throat and make you less likely to cough.

I recommend trying licorice root or marshmallow root tea for a stubborn cough. Both those herbs are great at relieving any tickling, itching or irritation you might feel in your throat that causes you to cough in the first place.

Make sure you brew some zero waste tea, if you decide to drink it. Most tea bags are made from plastic, which isn’t healthy for you or the earth.

Choose bulk teas, or purchase tea from companies that make compostable tea bags whenever possible (Yogi Tea is my favorite). Loose leaf tea in reusable tins are great as well.

You can also try drinking clear broths or plain old warm water (with a slice of lemon perhaps).

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steam:

If you have a nasty wet cough, steam might be able to help provide some relief. Take a hot shower with eucalyptus or bath to allow the bathroom to fill with steam.

I know baths aren’t the most environmentally friendly option (so much wasted water), but if you don’t take a bath too often, it’s okay to treat yourself when you’re sick.

Besides, there are plenty of other ways to reduce your water footprint, such as cutting out meat and dairy products from your diet.

Related: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Whatever you decide to do (bath or shower), stay in the steam for a few minutes until your symptoms subside. Just make sure to drink a glass of water afterwards to prevent dehydration (and to cool down).

You can alternatively make a steam bowl to save water. Just fill a large bowl with hot water: You can add herbs or essential oils to it if you so choose. Eucalyptus or rosemary are nice choices that also help relieve decongestion.

Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, inhaling the vapors for about 5 minutes. This will help loosen you up and ease your symptoms.

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salt water gargle:

My boyfriend loves doing this every time he feels a sore throat coming on. More than half the time, it actually works too.

This simple remedy is the most effective way to treat a wet cough and a sore throat. That’s because salt water actually reduces phlegm and mucus in the back of the throat.

All you need to do is stir half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and let it dissolve. When the solution cools slightly, just gargle with it a little at a time, making sure to let it sit on the back of your throat for a few moments before spitting.

Gargle with salt water several times each day until your cough improves or completely subsides.

Altogether, please make sure to see a doctor if your condition worsens.

If you wind up needing an over the counter medication for your cough, don’t beat yourself up over it. Waste happens.

If you’d like to stay as healthy as possible this winter, I recommend trying some of these natural immune boosters. The best cure is always prevention, after all!

What are some zero waste cough remedies you prefer?

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Guest Post: Ariana Palmieri is the founder of Greenify-Me.com, a blog dedicated to zero waste living and sustainability. Her work has been featured on MindBodyGreen, Green Matters, The Penny Hoarder and several other publications. Get her free e-book "10 Ways to Reduce Trash" by signing up to her newsletter and learn how to reduce your waste today.

What is CBD? Everything You Need to Know

I’ve been taking full spectrum CBD oil for almost a year now, and have received a ton of DMs and questions about what it is, how it works, why - pretty much the full run down of who, what, where, when, why, AND how.

I figured it was high time to answer all of your questions in ONE ULTIMATE CBD GUIDE.

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This post was sponsored by Sunsoil all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information please see my disclosure policy.

I am so excited to be partnering with Sunsoil on this blog post. A huge shout out for them taking the time to answer all of my questions and find out just how sustainable this product is. Plus, they’re teaming up with me for a giveaway so make sure you check that out on my Instagram feed!

Sunsoil is a small, organic farm located in the rolling hills of Hardwick, Vermont. They offer several products like CBD tinctures, CBD oil capsules, and an edible salve all combined with organic coconut oil.

They own the entire process, “seed-to-shelf” which makes their process very eco friendly.

My personal favorite is the full spectrum cinnamon CBD oil or tincture. I like to make tea lattes in the morning and always add a nice dash of cinnamon on top - making this the perfect accompaniment.

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what the heck is it?

CBD is a cannabinoid and is short for cannabidiol which is one of the 80 naturally occurring chemicals in cannabis.

Did did you know that our bodies have an endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance and functions, our moods, memory, pain, appetite, sleep etc. Basically it’s pretty gosh darn important.

Because the ECS play such a vital role in so many of our bodily function, CBD can be used to help manage all sorts of problems like:

  • pain management for chronic pain, migraines, or cramps

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • insomnia

I personally use CBD to help me focus, relax, and reduce stress. I also always use it when I’m on my period for cramps.

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how are CBD and Marijuana different?

Full-spectrum CBD contains a very, very small amount of THC so little that it shouldn't show up on a drug test.

THC, a tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects and the feeling of being high.

Hemp derived CBD products such Sunsoil’s are legal in all fifty states where as Marijuana is only legal for anyone over 21 in nine states plus Washington, D.C. Of course many states have access to medical Marijuana.

is hemp farming sustainable?

Oh yah. This is the best part. Hemp is a rockstar plant for the planet.

“Hemp is the most eco-friendly answer to the soil pollution that is causing headaches for our farmers. The GMO monoculture of harvesting corn and wheat has caused considerable damage to our fields.

“Our heartland is becoming more dry and causing soil erosion. Farmers from Eastern Colorado are claiming that soil conditions are similar to those during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

“Hemp is a great answer to these problems as its wide climatic adaptation and fast-growing foot-long roots allow it to thrive in drought-damaged soil.

“It also helps with soil stabilization thanks to its long, fast-growing taproots. Internationally, in countries like China, hemp has traditionally been used for erosion control. “ (source)

Sunsoil never uses any pesticides, and they’re vertically integrated which makes their carbon footprint much smaller! They don’t need to ship flowers or products anywhere because everything happens on site. AND, I’m currently working with them on their packaging so their shipping should be zero waste very soon!

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what should I look for when purchasing CBD?

There are tons of CBD options out there, but you definitely want to find one that’s full spectrum.

It’s believed that CBD performs better when there’s a mix of all the other cannabinoids to go along with it creating the entourage effect which maximizes the benefits of the plant’s other naturally occurring cannabinoids (remember, there’s 80!). Basically, the whole plant is better than just isolating on piece of it.

Here’s some of the terms you might see:

  • Whole Plant Extract: Is just what it sounds like, it uses the whole plant! Sometimes this term is used interchangeably with full spectrum oil, but the main difference is that whole plant extracts contain waxes, fats, and other fibrous materials from the plant.

  • Full-Spectrum Oil: It contains a wide range of cannabinoids which helps to produce the entourage effect.

  • Broad Spectrum Oil or Distillate: This happens after a full spectrum oil has been heated slightly and goes through a process to remove cannabinoids.

  • CBD Isolate: This is the purest form and it contains no other active compounds, just CBD.

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what do you take?

My personal preference is full spectrum oil which I’ve been taking for over a year now.

how do you take it?

I always like to put a few drops in my tea in the morning. There’s no high feeling, I just feel motivated and relaxed! My personal pick is the Cinnamon CBD oil.

I, also, use the edible salve for Nala! Just the tiniest little bit goes a long way, but Nala has pretty bad anxiety. We’ve been giving her CBD for almost five years to help calm her down when we leave her alone.

I want to thank Sunsoil for sponsoring this post! If you’re looking for a quality CBD products that are both effective and affordable then you have got to check out Sunsoil!!

10 Self Care Practices that are good for you and the environment

Going Zero Waste just turned FOUR! I can’t believe it - Happy birthday GZW! It has been a wild ride. This little hobby has turned into something I am so incredibly proud of and a full-time career!

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here, but here I am… and I am so, so glad. Every day I’m filled with so much joy and a slight bit of terror since I control my own schedule...

Every year, I like to take this time to look back and then look at best practices going forward.

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I’m super excited to share this post with you because it was sponsored by tentree. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information please see my disclosure policy.

You know that tentree is one of my favorite sustainable brands. I’ve included them in almost everyone of my roundups like favorite sustainable leisure wear, athletic wear, hiking essential and cute ethical clothes under $100.

What can I say!? I have a major love affair with this brand and their mission to pant 1 BILLION trees by 2030!! With every purchase you make, 10 trees are planted.

So, what’s NOT to love about reasonably priced, extra comfy, super cute, ethical pieces that have a positive social and environmental impact!?

I am seriously so happy to be partnering with them on this post and modeling some of my favorite pieces of theirs like the bamone sweatpants, yampa hoodie, and the Plateau 3.25 tee that I practically LIVE IN right now.

tentree is so thoughtful with their materials and dyes. Most of their clothing is made with natural fibers like organic cotton, hemp, and TENCEL.

I like clothing made from natural fibers because it’s breathable and I don’t have to worry about microplastics shedding into the water ways. Check out this post to learn more about microplastics.

To date, tentree has planted more than 25 million trees!!

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Yes, you read that correctly 25 MILLION TREES and counting. These trees have been planted in communities all over the world, some of which include: Canada, United States, Nepal, Madagascar, Haiti, Senegal, and Cambodia.

Not only are these trees providing clean air and absorbing carbon, they’re also helping to build local economies.

Nepal has lost more than a quarter of its forest cover in 20 years which has created a lot of destabilization with the soil. In 2015, the 8.1 magnitude earthquake was worsened due to the lack of trees on the hillsides which resulted in unnecessary land/mudslides.

tentree's top priority in Nepal is soil stabilization. They have worked alongside community partners to plant thousands of trees both in the mountainous and grassland areas.

In addition to the planting, they’ve been able to help educate the villagers on sustainably harvesting the lumber and taking care of the trees to prevent future mudslides from both earthquakes and rainstorms.

This is only one of their many projects. Check out all of the other amazing ways tentree is working to plant trees and helping communities.

tentree is offering 20% off to all Going Zero Waste readers with the code 'GOINGZEROWASTE20'

looking back:

Wow, I have grown a lot in the last four years. What started out as a side project solely focusing on trash has opened my eyes to a world of other environmental problems like animal agriculture, fast fashion, carbon emissions, environmental racism, and so many more.

I have grown so much, and watched my world view and horizon expand exponentially.

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looking forward:

I have definitely created a lot of bad habits. See, I didn’t know that you could burn out doing something you love. Have you heard the phrase, “Find something you love doing and you never work a day in your life.”?

Yeah - that saying is WRONG. So, so wrong. It should be “Find something you love doing and you kind of work all of the time.”  

By the end of last year I was SO burnt out. I had been working 14 hour days, sometimes 7 days a week. Because I love what I do so much, I just thought I could just continue at that pace forever… which is really unsustainable.

I started skipping meals, workouts, and then would just sit at my desk without moving for hours on end. And, if you were wondering, that’s not super healthy.

So, this year is my year of work life balance. I’ve created a lot of rules to try and make sure that I don’t allow work to consume me like it has in the past.

I’m not saying I will ALWAYS stick to my rules, but it’s something that I’m working on.

What I’ve realized, is that I can’t help the environment and do my job without taking care of myself.

Below, I’ve outlined ten different ways I take care of myself and how they relate to the environment. Since I write an eco-friendly blog, I want to make sure that all of my decisions are helping the planet even when I’m just chilling at home taking care of myself.

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1. separate outfits:

You’re going to notice a big theme in this post is separation. Since I work from home, it’s become important to have defined and separate areas so my brain understands work time vs. non-work time.

I have created four different outfit categories like exercise, working from home/weekend, working while out, and then lounging around the house.

By putting on different outfits for different activities, it really helps my brain commit to one task. If I’m wearing sweatpants, I’ve noticed my productivity levels are lower which means it takes me much longer to get work tasks done.

If I can put on my business pants, I can get a task done quickly and then change into my leisure pants to actually enjoy my time off.

When I start mixing work with pleasure, I just kind of half-ass them both. When I make distinctions between the two I can thoroughly enjoy my time. This prevents me from allowing my time to bleed into too much of one area or the other.

How does this pertain to the environment?

When it comes to choosing the clothing that makes up these outfits, I’m always looking to support sustainable brands. I’m looking for ethical supply chains, sustainable fabrics, and brands that give back. One of my favs is tentree! Not only do they make my favorite tee on the face of the planet, I just love that I can be relaxing at home while still having a positive impact.

Favorite pieces?

You’ll see a few of my favorites photographed throughout this post, but I’ve listed my all time favorites below like the bamone sweatpants. These are my favorite pants of ALL. TIME.

exercise: the yampa hoodie has been accompanying me on my morning jogs since it’s still pretty chilly!

working from home: plateau 3.25 tee - what I've dubbed as the Positive Impact tee is my go-to working from home shirt cause who’s got two thumbs and trying to create a positive impact points thumbs at self THIS GIRL.

weekend out: the harbor tank I can’t wait for warmer weather to wear this down to the local biergarten with my friends!

working while out: The organic cotton twill camp pants this hits a nice line between comfort and office wear! ( My husband has the oaken pants also made from organic cotton twill and they are his favorite to wear to work!)

lounging around the house: Have I convinced you to get the bamone sweatpants yet?

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2. separate tech:

Hardcore minimalists, cover your ears. I have two separate laptops. Yep. I have two separate laptops. Is your body filling with wasteful accusations, you’re ready to hurl at me?

Most people have a computer at work and a computer at home, so I’ve decided to implement that same principle into my life.

Because I’m addicted to working, the fun laptop is not signed into ANY work related websites like email, Instagram, or the blog.

Of course, I COULD log into them if I really wanted to, but most of the time once I hit that log-in screen, I’m snapped back into reality and reminded it’s not working hours. It’s relaxing/fun/clean your house hours.

This has been one of the most helpful rules I’ve implemented so much so, that I wish I had a separate work and non-work phone.

I’m sure you know how easy it is to get sucked into social media. You say you’re just going to check on one thing and the you look up and 20minutes to half an hour is just gone.

This happens to me all the time with working. I’m just going to go fix one thing, and then I look up and it’s been four hours and it’s time to go to bed.

How does this pertain to the environment?

When I use technology, I try to be very intentional about its usage. You’d be surprised how much energy it takes to run things like servers. You can read more in this post about how eco-friendly is technology.

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3. separate spaces:

Did I say, that separation would be a theme here? The first of this year, I worked on creating an office space that I’d actually want to work in.

See, I have this weird quirk where I can’t work if I face a wall. It just makes my insides turn and my creative brain shut down. I have to be facing the room to let the creativity flow.

So, I got a few house plants and created and office space that inspires me. Then I made a rule (that I don’t always stick to but 98% of the time do) that work can only happen in the WORK ZONE. If I am not in the work zone, then work does not happen.

How does this pertain to the environment?

Instead of running out and buying new things for my office space, I rearranged things that I already had around my home to make it work. The only thing I got new was a few houseplants which is a great natural way to purify the air in my office. Check out this blog post for more tips on making your work place more eco-friendly.

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4. tech free:

I have created tech free boundaries on the weekend. Similarly with the separate laptops, I try not to even be on my phone or laptop on the weekends. Often times I even delete my slack and Instagram app off of my phone so I’m not tempted to go on them.

This makes sure that I’m being present in what’s happening instead of getting sucked into the social vortex.

How does this pertain to the environment?

Less tech = less energy! I try to spend my tech free time reading, walking, with friends, and definitely enjoying some time out to eat.

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5. self-care:

Self care for me is about so much more than floral baths and face masks. While I think those things are wonderful, self-care, for me, is about making myself do the grown up things that I don’t necessarily WANT to do… like flossing, paying my bills, unpacking (I HATE unpacking ((guess who still hasn’t fully unpacked from Phoenix in JANUARY)), cleaning the toilet, you get the idea.

See, when I was working so much, I only had time for working, sleeping, and a few hours of numbing my brain while playing puzzles and binge watching Death in Paradise for the fourth time.

Now that I’m giving myself space, I can work on being an adult which means doing those pesky things that I like to push off doing for a while.

How does this pertain to the environment?

I try to make my own face masks from kitchen ingredients instead of relying on those individually packaged sheet masks. My floss is compostable. I pay my bills online and signed up for e-statements to avoid any unnecessary paper.  I clean my toilet with homemade cleaners that are biodegradable.

And, because I hate packing/unpacking so much I don’t travel very often - so eco-friendly! ;) But, when I do travel 10/10 am wearing my bamone sweatpants!

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6. exercise:

Exercise is another thing that I don’t particularly love doing… I know that as a eco/wellness blogger, I should LOVE exercise… but I don’t.

I never have never really enjoyed exercising, but I do it because I know that I should.

How does this pertain to the environment?

I really want to write a post about more eco-friendly workout options because conventional gyms can use a lot of power! I like to jog outside or go on a hike with Nala. I often do yoga at home with downdog love the hemp ice-fall tank for this!

I also love going to a dance class and occasionally hitting up barre or spin.

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7. pizza friday:

Pizza Friday is my J-A-M. I look forward to Pizza Friday every single week. It has become a sacred ritual in my home.

My husband tends to work 10 hour days M-Th and then gets off early around 2pm on Fridays. I try really hard to get all of my work done for the week so we can spend this time on Friday together.

We both typically change into our comfiest clothes (tentree of course) pick out a double feature and order pizza! It is seriously - my favorite thing!!

How does this pertain to the environment?

Pizza is our favorite food, but if we’re going to order delivery we opt for pizza because the box is compostable. For more information check out this video on how to properly dispose of your pizza box!

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8. tea time:

Most people have a morning coffee ritual, but mine is with tea. I try to make this time very calming. A time to think through my day without any distractions. I use it as a time to focus and center myself. I brew and drink one cup very mindfully.

It’s a really nice way to start my day and feel connected and ready to face whatever comes.

How does this pertain to the environment?

Instead of using a tea bag (which are often made from plastic!) I use loose leaf tea. You can read more about the teas of my choice in this post on how I quit coffee.

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9. reading:

Every night at 9:30 I shut everything down. I get ready for bed and wind down with a book. There have been a lot of studies done about technology right before bedtime.

Tech can interfere with your quality of sleep (study) which is the last thing I need. It’s nice to plug my phone in (outside of the bedroom!) and then have a night time routine that’s totally tech-free.

How does this pertain to the environment?

I like to read physical books which might sound like an un-ecofriendly thing to do, but when comparing the carbon emissions of one book vs. an e-reader. You'd have to read 150 books on your e-reader to match the emissions of one physical book. ⁣

So, I buy books secondhand, use the library, and I also buy books firsthand to support authors! It’s a nice healthy mix of everything.

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10.  scheduling:

I used to only schedule my work engagements and then try to find time for exercise and date night around those times. Now, I’m scheduling my exercise and my date nights FIRST and then fitting my work obligations around those things.

This means that I actually get to have a full and wonderful week beyond just being stuck to my laptop.

How does this pertain to the environment?

This one is a bit of a stretch, but volunteering my time is something that I also tend to put off so it’s something I mark down in my calendar too!


I’m curious if you’ve implemented any of these practices in your life?

I’m really proud of these 10 practices that I’ve cultivated, and I’m excited to see how these habits will pay off in the coming year. I definitely think that I’m going to feel much happier, rejuvenated, and inspired when it comes to creating content.

I’m also really excited to track my growth for the future. Not just personally, but the trees that I plant! With each tentree purchase you get a code with your tag. You can enter that code on there website to see where your trees were planted.

With my last purchase, mine were planted in Madagascar! You can also track how many trees you’ve planted as well as the planting progress.

tentree is offering 20% off to all Going Zero Waste readers 'GOINGZEROWASTE20'

 
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