Frigid winds, dry indoor heating, lack of sunlight, and too many hot, buttered rums can leave your immune system weakened and your body feeling blah. Don’t feel like running out into the blizzard to pick up some Nyquil? Calm your sniffles with cheap, all-natural remedies that you can whip together from your own cupboards.
Sweet and Spicy Ginger Tea
To ward off a cold and warm yourself from the inside out, brew a pot of ginger laced, lemon honey tea. Lemon juice is packed with immune-boosting Vitamin C; ginger is anti-inflammatory and works miracles on upset stomachs; honey is antibiotic, anti-viral, and soothes sore throats. Oh—and they’re also delicious together.
Instructions: Peel and grate a one-inch piece of fresh ginger root. Toss the ginger into a teapot, along with the juice of one lemon and honey to taste. Add about six cups of water, and bring the mixture to a boil. Strain, pour, and enjoy, preferably in front of a crackling fire.
Saltwater and Turmeric Gargle
Soothe a scratchy winter throat by gargling with a mixture of warm water, salt, and turmeric. The saline in saltwater draws out excess fluid from the inflammed walls of the throat (gross!) Pair with powerful, anti-inflammatory turmeric for quick, effective relief.
Instructions: Mix a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of turmeric into a cup of warm water. Mix well, and gargle with the mixture until the glass is empty. Swish some plain water around in your mouth so that the turmeric doesn’t stain your teeth. Now take a nap.
Coconut Oil for Sore Noses
Coconut oil is a solid, white oil that you can buy for less than $10 at the grocery store. When warmed, the oil liquifies and becomes clear. It’s antimicrobial and incredibly moisturizing, which is everything you need for winter skin that’s been mercilessly battered by the elements.
Is your nose chapped from too many tissues? Smooth coconut oil around your nostrils and over your upper lip. Knuckles cracking because you forgot to wear gloves? Coat your hands in coconut oil before bed, and sleep with socks (or gloves) over them. They’ll feel a lot better in the morning.