Winter is well and truly upon us, which means woolly jumpers, long socks, warm hugs and unfortunately winter bugs. Keep these natural winter remedies in your cupboard to prevent, fight, or reduce the length of cold and flu this season.
5 winter essentials for the winter seasons:
Try to get garlic into as many meals as possible because it’s amazing warming properties. With it’s strong anti-fungal and antibiotic superpowers, garlic is your go-to weapon against the winter bugs that seem to lurk at every corner.
Packed full of fibre and nutrients, root veggies are in their prime right now. Think carrots, parsnips, turnips, sweet potato, celery root and beets! Root veggies are a nutrition powerhouse with potassium, calcium, beta-carotene, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Because of their sweet taste, root veggies will also help keep your sweet tooth in check. Try roasting up a big batch of your favourites and add them to your meals throughout the week. Root veggies are also great in soups or as a healthy alternative to mash.
Turmeric is another super hero to keep close at hand. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, packed full of niacin, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, zinc and antioxidants (just to name a few)! Try making a turmeric, ginger, and honey tea the next time you get the sniffles.
Citrus fruits are available in abundance right now because they’re there to help you with their goodness. Loaded with flavonoids to combat free radicals and help you absorb iron from other foods, and Vitamin C to boot. Eat on their own, add to water, use them for dressing or caramelise for decadent zesty deserts.
Manuka honey is special. It hails from New Zealand from the pollen of the Manuka tree or bush, and can usually be seen hanging out at your local health food stores. Its high anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties will help your body fight bacteria as well as soothe and heal a sore throat. This is my go to remedy for little ones too.