We’re getting closer to cold and flu season, and this year it’s a HOT topic for many of us. But fear not: there are things that you can do right now from the comfort of your home. The following are at-home recipes to boost your immune system this season of cold, flu, and virus.

Cayenne, Honey & Lemon Tea

Ingredients: 1 whole lemon, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp honey, 3 ½ cups water

Preparation: Boil the above ingredients together for upwards of 10 minutes and strain when finished.

Setting/Frequency: Drink this tea three times per day.

Scooping honey into a glass cup of red tea.

Sinus & Nasal Irrigation

Ingredients: 8 oz squeeze bottle, 1 tsp sea salt, water

Preparation: Add the sea salt to the water and heat until warm (it’s important that the mixture is not too hot, as this may cause nasal irritation).

Setting: Bend over your sink and look straight down at the sink basin while turning your head to a 45-degree angle. Tip the squeeze bottle into your nostril until the liquid runs through your sinuses and leaves the other nostril. (Search “Neti Pot” Instructions online for more detailed instructions). 

Dandelion Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 head of cabbage, 2 cucumbers, 2 oranges, and 1 cup of dandelion greens.

Preparation: Juice the above ingredients and pour them into a glass.

Setting/Frequency: Drink 3 glasses daily.

dandelion greens and flowers in a field

Antioxidant-Rich Nut Mix

Ingredients: Pine nuts, goji berries, blueberries (dried), and Brazil nuts.

Preparation: Mix together each ingredient to taste preference.

Setting/Frequency: Eat once daily as a snack.

Various nuts, seeds, and fruits: crushed walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and goji berries

Keep in mind that there are various ways you can take care of your body in order to bolster your immune health the best chance at fighting illnesses and functioning properly.

These include avoiding smoking and taking recreational drugs. Both of these are known for depleting the body’s qi and weakening it. Additionally, keep your emotions in check: negative emotions, stress, and anxiety can suppress immune function. Do your best to remain optimistic and keep a positive attitude with everything going on in the world around us. Start with the basics – exercise, eat right, sleep, and stay hydrated to maintain your body’s balance.

These recipies will give your body a much needed boost this cold and flu season. However, there are many other branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine that are helpful in order to stay healthy. Give us a call today to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine or to schedule an appointment!