As we attempt to thrive during the winter months, there’s a chance that the flu may hit you or your kid any day now. Stock up on the essentials that will get you through the tough times. Whether you need them to aid a cold or clear your complexion, check out these 6 medicine cabinet essentials:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar balances your body’s PH level to keep more germs from getting in, while cayenne pepper increases circulation to get all the good stuff moving through your body at a faster pace. No cold stands a chance if you start drinking this at the first sign of infection.
2. Essential Oils
One 2010 study showed that inhaling steam with chamomile essential oil helped relieve cold symptoms and melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) has antiviral properties. Eucalyptus oil also has antiviral and antimicrobial properties and has historically been used to treat the common cold or used to create a cool compress to reduce fever.
Peppermint oil is used as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer.
It contains menthol, which is an ingredient found in topical rubs that helps relieve congestion and cough drops to help soothe sore throats and quiet coughs.
3. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin.
However, it can help treat dry skin, too. Consider swapping out your regular moisturizer for aloe after bathing to help seal moisture into your skin.
Aloe vera gel can also soothe an inflamed throat. The gel has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent choice as a