Living healthy on a budget isn't just about exercising or preventing diseases. It's also about natural healing. And, let's face it; during this time of the year, there are a lot of colds that need healing. While you can shell out $20 or more dollars buying various cold medicines, you can also find natural healing ingredients in your kitchen. Not only does this save money, but it's also a much healthier way to soothe cold symptoms. Whether you're congested, have a sore throat, or an upset tummy, there are items in your kitchen that can help you feel better.
Let's start with the first symptom most of us encounter with a cold - the sore throat. A sore throat can be an absolute nightmare. It bothers you all day, but can be even worse when you're trying to sleep. To help soothe a sore throat during the day, try sucking on hard candies, having a cup of hot chocolate, or eating chicken noodle soup. At night, try swallowing a tablespoon of honey before bed. The honey will coat your throat and help relieve the soreness for a longer period of time.
Next on our cold symptom list is congestion. I've found that the best natural relief for congestion is hot beverages. Tea is a great choice. Apple cider is even better because the strong spices can help clear your nose as the liquid clears your throat. Another way to help loosen the congestion in your nose is to pour boiling water into a large bowl, place your head over the bowl, and put a towel over your head to keep the steam in. The steam will help loosen the mucus. For even better results, try adding torn mint leaves or another strong herb or spice to further help relieve congestion.
Last, but not least, those upset tummies can even be treated in the kitchen. Ginger, for example, is a wonderful way to soothe and upset stomach. Drinking a glass of ginger ale made with real ginger will not only soothe the tummy, but help relieve gas as well. Another option is to drink peppermint tea. Peppermint is said to relieve an upset stomach and can also help with congestion and a sore throat as well.