This time of year can be extra brutal on our immune systems. From changes in weather, busy schedules and germs around every corner, it’s more important than ever to give ourselves the extra bit of self-care we need to stay healthy and happy through the New Year.
Here are our top tips for boosting your immune system during cold season!
It may sound simple, but hydration is key to fighting off those nasty germs that are being spread like holiday cheer. Make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day by setting reminders on your phone or by keeping track of how many times you fill up your water bottle. It’s recommended that we drink at least 2 liters (eight 8-ounce glasses) every…single…day. So cheers and happy hydrating!
Immune Boosting Teas
If you can’t combat the all-too-common cold, tea is an absolute must for feeling better, especially if you’ve got a sore throat to go along with your stuffy nose. Pick an immune boosting tea like the Leaf Logic Throat Sooth Loose Leaf Tea, grab a good book and cozy up by the fire. To soothe a sore throat, add in some honey and the juice of half a lemon.
Nothing feels better when you’re under the weather than a nice hot bath (or shower). Adding Epsom salt can help reduce stress, relieve muscle aches and eliminate toxins from the body. If you don’t have a bathtub, you can sprinkle the Epsom salt, or even bath salts, at the bottom of your shower to achieve similar benefits.
If you’ve lost your voice or feel it packing its bags up for the holidays, steaming can be highly beneficial in helping to soothe your throat. It can also help open up those pesky sinuses if allergies have gotten the better of you and relieve headaches at the same time. You can get a proper steamer on Amazon or you can do it the old school way by heating up some water on the stove. Add some essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense or lavender, and *carefully*, holding a towel over your head, lean in near the pot and breathe in the steam. *The steam can be extremely hot and may cause burns. Be cautious!
As mentioned above, essential oils can be highly beneficial to boosting our immune systems. You can add them to your baths and showers, steams, apply them to your body and pulse points, or simply put a few drops in your hands and breathe in the aromas. Try out rollers or diffusing oils! Our favorite immune boosting essential oils are:
Eucalyptus: For breathing
Lavender: Relieves symptoms of sinus pain including stress, headaches and can aide in sleep
Peppermint: Eases headaches and sore muscles
Frankincense: Immune boosting
Sandalwood: Coughing relief
This may be the most obvious of them all, but sleep is the absolute best way for our bodies to heal. Often times, we grab for caffeine or sugar as a pick-me-up when in actuality our bodies are telling us they just need rest. Unplug at least an hour before bed, take a relaxing bath and allow yourself to get into bed early. Your body will thank you in the morning.