There are some natural solutions you can apply to help prevent and/or reduce the severity of those winter ailments. Whatever your symptoms, remember that light exercise helps boost immunity and give you energy, so if you can muster the strength, go take a walk, do some easy yoga or stretching.NOTE: Consult your doctor or licensed medical professional before making changes to your diet, exercise or medical treatment programs.
Here are a few things that have worked very well for me:
Add cinnamon to your tea if you feel a strained or sore throat
Headache? Dab a few drops of peppermint oil onto your temples and the base of your neck. For a real doozy, try the herb Feverfew (either as a supplement or in tea). You can also try my 8 minute daily stretches to help stress headaches
Joint pain or Arthritis? Try adding turmeric to your meal or tea
Garlic!! Whenever you are going to be exposed to more germs than usual (on a plane) or are just feeling a little run down, up your intake. Buy fresh, and chop, press or slice it into any dish. Roasted garlic has a nice smoky sweetness to it. Check out this article from HealthLine.com about the benefits.***Talk to your doctor first if you are on blood thinners or about to have surgery***
Nausea or stomach problems? Try peppermint tea or ginger tea.
For menstrual cramps, eat almonds, sunflower seeds and dark greens (broccoli, spinach) to get a dose of magnesium