Cold And Flu Remedies

I don’t care how healthy you are or how well you eat, you can’t avoid being sick forever. Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, here are a few of my go-to zero waste remedies.

Can You Avoid  Being Sick?

Without fail, come January, I’m going to get a cold. Like clock work, the sniffles are coming with a fever and a massive headache. I do believe that by taking good care of yourself, the length of time you’re sick will probably decrease. But, I don’t think you can entirely avoid it.


There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea to make you feel better. I’ve  also been known to make a hot toddy with a splash of Southern Comfort. Being zero waste, I try to stick to loose leaf tea. Did you know that most tea bags are made with plastic?

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I don’t eat as many fermented foods as I should, but my diet definitely contains its fair share. It’s probably what I accredit most to my shorter sickness periods. When I’m sick, my go to feel better food is miso soup. I like to sip on it when I'm not feeling hungry.

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Elderberries are extremely high in antioxidants and help boost the immune system. DIY elderberry syrup is something I recommend keeping on hand when the sniffles come your way. Elderberry syrup could shorten the duration of your sickness by up to four days.

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Justin and I both have pretty bad seasonal allergies. We help combat them with with local raw honey. I try to infuse it in lots of our snacks. I always load it up in our tea. If you have seasonal allergies, look for local raw honey in your area.

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Blowing your nose with a cloth hanky is just so much better for your nose. There’s no chaffing! And any time I’m feeling congested, I love to take a hot shower. The steam helps me breathe easy. It’s even better with hanging Eucalyptus.

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