With flu season in full swing -- not to mention one of the worst flu seasons on record, yikes -- our immune systems could all use some much needed TLC.

Whether you're curing a cold or avoiding it like the plague, check out this list for a few natural remedies.

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Note: These tips are meant to help common colds and mild flu symptoms; If you have any specific concerns, please see a doctor!


Turmeric helps cure the common cold because it contains antioxidants, which help prevent molecules from "oxidizing" in your body, aka, fighting your body instead of helping it.

The antioxidants in turmeric help ease joint pain, reduce inflammation, strengthen your immune system, calm an upset stomach, and even boost your serotonin levels (cheer you up). Sounds golden to me!

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Turmeric Latte Recipe (via One Green Planet)

  • 1 cup fresh cashew or almond milk (soy milk will work fine too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (adjust to your liking)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon coconut milk or cream

As weird as it sounds, adding black pepper can help you absorb the antioxidants -- and get better -- faster.

sip your tea

  • Tea is hydrating
  • Lemon is a good source of vitamin C
  • Honey reduces coughing and helps you sleep
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For all my vegans out there, agave nectar is said to have the same effect!

aches and pains

Other than it being a really good excuse to break out your Lush products,

running a warm bath with Epsom salt can help you relax your
muscles and joints.

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Adding essential oils to the mix can also have a calming effect that helps you relax, and rids yourself of a fever/headache that won't seem to go away.

other ways you can help prevent colds & flu


I can't stress this enough. Think about everything our hands touch in the course of a day -- door handles, railings, dirt, etc.

It can make a huge difference in fighting off a cold, especially at this time of year when everyone around you is going to have a cough.

Carry around hand sanitizer if you can!


Water. Tea. Veggies. Fruits.

It's a quick, easy way to get in your vitamins,

and hydration will help with your digestion and energy too.


As hard as it can be to get a good amount of sleep, especially during a hectic school or work week, it's critical to your health. Your body needs that time to heal and reset, as does your mind!

The best way to get back on your feet? Kick back and relax.

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