I used to come down with an upper respiratory infection every winter. This entailed visits to the ER and antibiotics and chest x-rays…the works. I would dread the two weeks of my life that I was bound to lose each year due to the pesky viral-bug that liked to use my lungs as a holiday home. Then, I became vegan, and that critter got an eviction notice! (Whoop whoop!)
Still, there are times when my Vegan Superpowers cannot completely protect me from Mother Nature. I don’t make matters any easier with my less than stellar eating habits, and propensity to forget my scarf at home. So, I scoured the internets for remedies to help me deal with cold season. These tips and tricks will help you drive the sniffly sneezies away until spring, when it’s safe to venture outside again.
Wheatgrass shots: Packed with vitamins A, C, E and Zinc, wheatgrass has plenty of antioxidants to give a weak immune system a boost. Add a little lemon to enhance the flavor, or if you’re not a fan of the taste, add it to a juice or smoothie.
Sage Tea: Boil a cup of water. Remove from heat, and add a tablespoon of fresh sage (or a teaspoon of dried). Steep for five minutes and then strain. Add lemon and agave. Experience sore throat relief. Done!
ACV Elixir: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is believed to have a myriad of health benefits from improving digesting to clearing your skin. For our purposes, we invite you to try it out when you feel a sinus infection or sore throat coming on. Add 2 tablespoons of raw, organic ACV to a cup of water. If desired, sweeten with a splash of apple juice or a little agave. Try drinking this every morning until you feel better. Actually, it wouldn’t hurt to keep this healthy ritual going even after you’re back on your feet!
IntensiToddy: Hot toddies are more than just an Usher song. They are the classic, knock that flu out beverage. If you’re making one for a kid, please don’t forget to leave out the rum…I can’t be held responsible if you forget!
Fully Loaded Miso Soup:Miso is soooo good for us! This fermented super food has got vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron, potassium, choline and lecithin, not to mention probiotics which help our digestive system and boost our immune system. It only makes sense that a rich soup like this would do wonders for kicking a cold’s butt!
Asian Noodle Soup: Ginger and garlic are two cold-busting superheroes, and they come together in this comforting soup to make you feel better in no time. Plus, this soup involves noodles…and I can never say no to noodles.
Vegan “Chicken” Noodle Soup: For when you just want that classic cold remedy. The one grandma used to whip up when you were home sick from school. This recipe is simple and straight-forward. Make sure to use eggless noodles to keep it vegan-friendly!
Umcka: Made with exclusive medicinal plants from the motherland, this vegan cold syrup promises to shorten the duration of your cold and make those icky symptoms less…well, icky. Bonus: now vegan parents have a way to torture their children the way mine did with spoonfuls of Tussin!
Sambucol: Made with elderberries, yum!, this is another vegan cold syrup option. It even comes in nighttime and/or tablet forms!
Echinacea: Drops, tea, or supplement, echinacea has long been used to prevent colds. Lucky for us, clinical trials have shown it to also be effective at reducing the duration of colds by 1-4 days when taken at the first sign of one. Sidebar: who knew echinacea was so pretty?