Do you find yourself getting sick after times of stress? While I was in school, I’d inevitably get sick right after exams were over. My body would just give up in exhaustion and I’d succumb to sickness. Leading up to the wedding, I was worried about getting sick. It seemed like everyone around me was coming down with something, and I was experiencing a lot of stress at work, and with the wedding planning, of course.
I took a week off work for the holidays before the wedding, and I was concerned that once I had that opportunity to slow down, that I would be hit by my usual post-stress sickness. I definitely didn’t want to be sick on my wedding day, so I made an extra effort to wash my hands frequently, I kept my distance from anyone that was coughing or sniffling, and I gave my immune system an extra boost with these natural immunity boosters.
Flu-fighting green tea
This flu-fighting green tea is packed full of flu-busting ingredients and tastes delicious. There’s green tea to boost the immune system, turmeric for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, lemon for vitamin C and to support detoxification, ginger for nausea, cayenne pepper to clear out respiratory passages and honey for sweetness.
- 2 tbs loose-leaf green tea
- 2" ginger root, peeled
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ½ tbs turmeric
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp honey
- 3 cups hot water
- Add ingredients, except honey, to a tea pot infuser basket and add boiled water. Allow to steep for 2-3 minutes, add honey and enjoy.
A well-nourished body is so much more equipped to fight off any bugs, so I make sure to double my dose of green smoothies. Dark leafy greens are a great source of vitamin C. I add extra ginger for it’s antimicrobial properties. Click for my favourite Low-Sugar Green Smoothie recipe.
Oil of oregano
Mike introduced me to oil of oregano early on in our relationship, and now I totally swear by it. When I wake up with a sore throat or feel the slightest bit of sickness coming on, I turn to oil of oregano and more often than not it totally nips it in the bud.
Oil of oregano can be taken as a drop under the tongue, but the stuff can be pretty harsh, so I prefer to take a few drops of concentrated oregano oil in a cup of water a few times a day (use a straw to prevent it from burning your lips!). I also use a Q-tip to apply the oil directly to the back of my throat for an extra boost.
Do you use any of these natural immune boosters? How do you ward of sickness?