You wake up and it feels like you swallowed a bunch of razor blades. Your throat is so sore and you know that if you don’t contain this infection immediately, you’ll be on a one way ticket to Sickville.

I don’t have time to get sick. Well no-one really does, although some people might look forward to a few days in bed away from work. If you’re like me though, and you’d rather be doing all the things, then read on!

I have some tried and tested natural remedies to kick that sore throat to the curb and have you feeling A-OK in a day! The key is getting in there early… your immune system is compromised, but isn’t under full attack yet. You need to bring in the reinforcements…

First things first (and this may seem very basic) gargle with warm salt water. This will gently disinfect the area.

After gargling I like to make a throat soothing and immune boosting warming beverage. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Hot water, the juice of one lemon, 1 TBSP raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, a dash of cayenne pepper, a dash of cinnamon, 1 tsp coconut oil and 1 TBSP raw honey. Stir it all together and sip slowly. This drink is full of antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. The raw ACV also contains gut loving bacteria and as you should know by now, 80% of our immune system is based in the gut.  Healthy gut = strong immune system.

Next up I take a high potency Vitamin C powder in some water. I have been using the brand pictured for many years and I swear by it! The powder form is easily absorbed and doesn’t contain a bunch of useless fillers.

Now you should listen to your body’s hunger signals. What you eat today could make or break your body’s chances of getting better or not. If you’re not very hungry maybe a little fruit bowl is appealing; if you feel like something more filling, make a superfood smoothie that’s low in sugar, high in good fats and moderate in protein.

After you’ve eaten something you can take the following supplements: viral choice capsules – yes they smell of garlic, but boy do these babies work like magic. They contain echinacea, sterols and sterolins, amino acids and vitamins which help to boost your immune system.  I take two with every meal when I’m feeling run down. Please be sure to eat before you take these as they can make you feel really nauseous if your stomach is empty.

Zinc is a wonderful immune boosting vitamin that people have been using for years to prevent colds and flu. Bonus is that zinc is also great for clearing your skin! I take 1 or 2 pills.

The next supplement is called Septogard and it’s said to be a natural antibiotic. It contains a mixture of healing plants to help fight infections and boost the immune system. This is the first time I’m using this product, but I did see lots of people raving about it online. I’ve used a few other products from the same Tibb brand which were effective, so I’ll give this one a shot! So far so good though and it’s relatively inexpensive.

Right so you’ve dosed yourself up and you’ve had something to eat. If you can lay low and rest as much as possible today, then that’s first prize. If you have to go to work or attend to other chores, try not to exert yourself too much. Dress warmly and make sure that your neck and chest are protected. Perfect occasion to wear a big scarf!

Keep a bottle of colloidal silver spray handy. Use this instead of commercial throat sprays. It’s natural and it really works. You can also use it to disinfect your hands or any surfaces! I use about 5-6 sprays every few hours.

For lunch and dinner I’d suggest eating a nourishing vegetable soup or some steamed vegetables with some good fats. You want warming food that’s easy to digest. Salads and loads of heavy protein are not a great idea when you’re feeling down. As always listen to YOUR body’s signals. What is it asking you for? I would definitely stay away from inflammatory foods though: dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, soy, etc. Your body doesn’t need extra stressors!

It’s also not a great idea to push your body with exercise. You might not feel  properly sick today, but by tomorrow you could have a full blown cold and then you’ll be out of action for much longer. If you really want to move a gentle walk, some stretching or gentle yoga/pilates are ok.

If you’re in an area without water restrictions (lucky you!), run a really hot bath and add 1/2 cup of 10% hydrogen peroxide, 2 cups of epsom salts and a few drops of tea tree oil. Lie in the bath for at least 15-20 minutes. You want to sweat out any germs. After the bath get straight into bed.

Hopefully there’s someone around that can serve you some comforting herbal tea or another hot lemon concoction like you made in the morning. Keep spraying the colloidal silver spray, take all your vitamins throughout the day, stay hydrated, think happy and healthy thoughts and get to bed early. If your sore throat is not gone the next day, repeat the process and rest as much as possible! I followed this protocol yesterday and I’m feeling right as rain today 🙂

Hope this saves you from having to endure another pesky cold!

Do you have any amazing natural immune boosting remedies to share? Let me know!