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5 Natural Remedies to Keep You Healthy This Season

It happens to the best of us, the sun starts getting dimmer, the weather starts getting colder, and our immune systems weaken just a a little. There is something about the fall, that makes us catch that old bug. Well, the good news is that there are natural remedies that can help in warding off that pesky cold, and chances are you have most of these items already in your home. Let's look at some of the ways in which we can naturally prevent feeling icky.

1. Garlic
Those pungent little garlic bulbs happen to contain microbial properties, which means ingesting it can help battle some bacteria and viruses. A few ways to put a little more garlic in your life include purchasing a press and adding a teaspoon or so to chicken or vegetable broth, or add to hot water with fresh ginger and honey and sip it like a tea

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2. Oil of Oregano
If you feel the very early stages of sickness coming on, oil of oregano may be just the thing to help make your cold back off, since it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, thanks to compounds of thymol and carvacrol.

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3. Elderberry
Think of it as nature’s cough syrup. The slightly sweet and tart extract of this fruit helps boost the immune system, which is why it’s been used to treat colds, flu, coughs, and viral infections for centuries. Take 1 to 3 teaspoons (or as directed) of elderberry syrup daily when treating symptoms, or you can also find this one in capsule form
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4. Honey, Lemon, Ginger Tea
Lemon is high in Vitamin C which helps boost the immune system. Ginger is a great antioxidant and honey soothes your sore throat. Mix it all together and you get a homemade flu fighting syrup. I drink this all year round even when I'm not sick which probably explains why I don't get sick very often.

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5. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is said to stimulate immune cells, and stop the growth of sore throat-causing Strep bacteria. Its no wonder you've heard of people taking a spoonful of honey when they are feeling under the weather, well manuka honey has up to 4 times the nutritional content as normal honey

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