Garlic for a Runny Nose:
There's no cure for a runny nose like getting the snot out, and garlic can do the trick.
Just add garlic to your meals for both a short-term treatment and long-term fortification against the next cold or flu virus.
Another idea: Boil water with a drop or two of eucalyptus oil. Stand with your head about 18 inches above the pot to avoid scalding, cover your head and the pot of water with a towel, and breathe deeply.
Vitamin C To Prevent Cold:
To prevent a cold, try vitamin C, delivered either the old-fashioned way with a daily dose of orange or grapefruit juice, peaches, red peppers or other vitamin C-rich food, or with a vitamin supplement. Double up with echinacea for an added boost.
Leafy Greens for Nosebleeds:
Dry indoor air, coupled with a sneeze, can be a recipe for nosebleeds.
A daily cup of leafy greens can provide enough vitamin K to fortify sensitive capillaries and help your blood clot quickly. Kale and collard greens have the highest vitamin K content, followed by spinach.
Another natural remedy for nosebleeds is yarrow, a flower available as a supplement.
Tea for Sore Throats
A little illness can take a lot out of you — like your voice or your desire to speak at all.
For a sore throat, the tea remedy is as old as time, it seems. Try jujube tea for an extra Vitamin C boost.
Other natural sore throat remedies include a goldenseal gargle, or a Pelargonium sidoides supplement.
Carrots for Headaches:
If the foot traffic at the mall gives you a headache, fortify yourself ahead of time with this natural remedy: a simple salad.
Phytonutrients in fresh produce, like the beta-carotene in carrots, can reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain. Eating two cups a day can help some people reduce headache incidence by 70 percent!
Nuts for Energy:
There's nothing like watching the sunset from your office window to suck the energy out of you. No question: Winter can be tough.
Find time to exercise and to laugh, get enough sleep — and look to unsalted nuts like almonds for a good energy booster.
Raisins or dried apricots are also good options.
Pineapples for Better Digestion:
Eating well during the holiday season is a goal more than a reality for many of us. All that bad food can make your digestive tract complain loudly.
Make a half cup of pineapple part of your routine to reduce intestinal inflammation, speed the breakdown of protein and, most important, reduce gas.
Tomatoes for Burns:
A pellet or wood stove can be an efficient way to warm your home, but it can also leave you walking away with a burn.
For minor burns, slice a tomato and apply it to the burn, allowing the juice to fully dry. Tomatoes have nature's healthiest dose of lycopene, which is anti-inflammatory.
Also try a baking soda and water salve or St. John's wort oil.