◆ Raw honey
Not only it tastes delicious, but it actually contains antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Raw honey can be used both internally as a preventative remedy (one teaspoon a day), as well as externally on burns or other skin conditions. Try to et get local organic honey in a glass container.
If you can catch that first tickle in your throat, oscillococcinum is an essential remedy to have in your medicine cabinet. As a homeopathic medicine, it is best used before you feel completely sick.
◆ Neti Pot
Neti pots are derived from Ayurvedic medicine, and are used as an irrigation system for the nasal passages. They’re especially useful in situations like sinusitis, allergies, and common cold and for flus, but a neti pot can also be used preventatively as a part of daily hygiene routine.
The first time you use a neti pot can feel a little awkward, and figuring out the angle to tilt your head can be a challenge, but overall it’s a very simple process. Just be sure to follow the directions, don’t use too much salt, and make sure the water is at a comfortable temperature.
◆ Zinc lozenges
Like vitamin C, zinc is essential for a properly functioning immune system. Next time you’re feeling ill, mix some zinc lozenges in with your cough drops to give yourself an extra boost.
◆ Activated charcoal
If you think you’ve had food poisoning, activated charcoal is your best bet as an at-home remedy. It can also prevent a hangover, lower cholestasis in pregnant women, and reduce gassiness after a heavy meal.
There are plenty of bad bacteria out there, but to function optimally we also need a healthy number of good bacteria. The medical community is starting to recognise the importance of having diverse gut microbes, but unfortunately many of our internal ecosystems are lacking. Repopulate your gut with probiotics if you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, vaginitis, indigestion, obesity, ADHD, gassiness, fatigue, and numerous other ailments.
◆ Elderberry syrup
Elderberries are superstars when it comes to warding off viruses and reducing inflammation. Though you can find elderberry tinctures, the syrup maintains the most beneficial constituents, and tends to be the yummier option anyway!
◆ Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is often used to help digestion and insomnia. It can be very helpful for upset stomach in children and adults alike.
◆ Arnica oil Arnica is great to have handy any time you experience muscle strain, joint sprains, or bruising. Applying arnica oil regularly to an injured area can significantly speed up recovery time.
◆ Vitamin C
By now everyone knows that vitamin C is essential for a properly functioning immune system. You can find it in high quantity acerola or camu camu berries.