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Let’s be real— getting cold sucks. Catching a cold or the flu can be inconvenient and stressful, especially if it’s during a busy time of the semester.
Just last week I felt a cold coming on, but luckily I had a couple of handy products in my medicine cabinet (and kitchen) that helped me manage my symptoms and made me feel a lot better!
- Host Defense Myco Shield Spray
This product can be ingested directly or sprayed in a cup of tea, water, coffee, juice, or smoothie. The crazy thing — it’s made from mushrooms! The spray comes in many flavors like cinnamon, peppermint, citrus, and more. I personally love the cinnamon one and spray it in my Throat Relief Tea, since the tea already has cinnamon in it. I use the spray the second I feel a cold coming on and it truly feels like it mitigates the symptoms.
- Dr Stuart’s Throat Relief Herbal Tea
There is not much else to say about this tea other than Dr. Stuart really popped off! He’s known as the father of modern herbalism and after trying this tea, I understand why. I honestly drink this tea at least once a day even when I’m not sick because of how good it tastes.
- Nature’s Way Sambucus Elderberry Zinc Lozenges
These lozenges are beyond delicious! You can find them at Target or CVS and they come in flavors like honey and lemon (the best in my opinion), and original elderberry.
- Allerplex by Standard Process
AI first tried these supplements when I had COVID last year and was blown away by how well they worked. I was severely congested and felt that no other medication was helping me. After the first dose of supplements, my airways cleared up and I was truly shook. They are a bit hard to find but you can buy them online or at Martin’s Wellness Pharmacy on South Lamar.
- Green Smoothie & Cold Pressed Juice
I like to combine spinach, pineapple, frozen berries, vanilla protein powder, and almond milk in a blender to make a great-tasting and energy-boosting smoothie. But if I’m not feeling up to making a smoothie, I pick up the Green Orange Pineapple Cold Pressed Juice at Central Market.
Discovering these products was not easy, but it was worth the trial and error to find out what worked best for me. I am the average cold and flu sufferer but I am not a doctor. What works best for me and my body may not be what is best for you and yours. So take these recommendations with a grain of salt.
Best of luck on your healing journey!