Want some natural ways to resist a cold or flu? Try these before grabbing the meds.

There are four natural cold-resisting antibiotics that I know and love. There’s garlic and there’s … um, there are a few other ones. There really isn’t a ‘cold and flu season’, by the way – as the days get shorter, and we get less sunlight, we have difficulty fending off infections like colds and the flu. The answer is to bump up our immune system.

And luckily this is when garlic is generally harvested.

Okay, so let me tell you about four amazing natural antibiotics.

Cayenne Pepper

When your grandmother insists on a spiced up bowl of chicken soup to deal with that cold, there’s more at work than just the broth. I mean, the broth is good, don’t get me wrong. But the cayenne pepper is helping a lot.

Cayenne has natural healing properties – like a lot of herbs and spices – and it can really help clear out that congestion in your sinuses.

When you’re sipping on that chicken broth or eating a bowl of soup, make sure to add some cayenne pepper. Raise the heat and watch yourself get better more quickly.

Garlic

The first natural antibiotic that can help you when cold and flu season arrives is garlic.

Bradley Creek Garlic Farms in British Columbia, Canada

Most of us are familiar with garlic, I think. A few days ago, a friend shocked me by saying she didn’t like garlic.

REALLY?

How can you not like garlic?

It’s kind of like bacon … makes everything just a bit better.

We’re fans of garlic here. After Annie wrote 4 Ways to Cook Garlic Scapes, I asked her to send me some garlic to try out. For a couple of weeks, anyone who walked in my house was shown this amazing garlic. And if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll have seen me mention this garlic a LOT.

Ev doesn’t like how garlic smells. She likes it in her food, though!

As I planted my gorgeous Bradley Creek Garlic Farms garlic, a neighbour came over and said, “Oh! I hadn’t realized it was time to put that in – gotta go plant my garlic, too.’

Did you plant any garlic? You should.

And if you’re in Canada, you should get it from Bradley Creek Farms because these are the most amazing garlic heads you’ll ever find.

I’m not kidding. And you have to watch our adorable little gardeners planting them.

Go, go, go check them out. I’ll still be here.

So as delicious as garlic is, why eat it when you’re getting sick? Well, garlic has been used medicinally for a very long time. It is a natural antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal, and it gives your immune system a little boost.

Eat more garlic and not only will you keep vampires away, but you’ll destroy harmful bacteria before they get settled into your body.

Just … make sure that anyone you plan on kissing, or cuddling up to while watching Netflix, also eats some garlic.

Here are five tasty recipes from blogging friends of mine so you can get your garlic fix after you’ve grabbed your Bradley Creek Farms garlic!

Garlic Knots from Pretty. Simple. Sweet.

Spicy Garlic Roasted Eggplant Slices from Melanie Cooks!

Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs from Honey & Lime

Chicken in Skillet from Valentina’s Corner

Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes from Great Grub, Delicious Treats

Want some natural ways to resist a cold or flu? Try these before grabbing the meds.

Manuka Honey

Did you know that there are different kinds of honey? Usually we describe honey according to what flowers the bees are feeding on.

Manuka honey is from bees feeding on manuka flowers.

You might be more familiar with manuka if I call it Tea Tree. Manuka honey comes from bees feeding on flowers of the Tea Tree, which grows wild in New Zealand and parts of Australia.

Manuka honey is extremely strong in flavour, and it is thicker than any other honey. It is antimicrobial and can help boost your immune system. Some doctors insist that there is no benefit to using manuka honey, but they also tend to discount essential oils and other natural remedies.

You’ll have to make your own decision on that.

Echinacea

You knew echinacea was going to be on the list, didn’t you?

When it comes to dealing with immunity and viral illness, echinacea tops most lists. Before the use of antibiotics, it was commonly used to deal with infections and viruses. Now that viruses are becoming resistant to chemical antibiotics, it is being used again.

At the first sign of a cold or flu, start taking your echinacea. Keep taking until your symptoms stop.

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