Natural at Home Cold Remedies

Ooohh baby it’s cold outside, and with the change of weather comes the winter bugs. Coughs, stuffy noses, sore throats; you get the gist. Our first inclination when we notice the first signs of a cold is to reach for over the counter cold meds. If you are like me these only seem to make matters worse. Cue foggy head and sometimes even more congestion than at the onset. I also detest taking any medication period as I feel like most medicine simply masks versus cure our ailments. After all big pharma is one of the largest global industries right up there with oil ( but we will save that discussion for another time). So if I don’t take over the counter medications what do I do? I reach for nature’s goodness. Hippocrates put it best – Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. After research and trial and error here are my top three home remedies for the common cold.

Garlic Cayenne Cold Remedy Mary Chryston

  1. Hot Like Fire – This is the drink to make when you are full into cold and flu symptoms. The first time I made this drink it instantly warmed by body; I can’t lie I was taken aback at first. But not even two hours later I literally started feeling so much better. So here’s what you beautiful people need.

1 half of a lemon squeezed

1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper

1 tsp of finely minced garlic ( the finer you mince it the easier it will absorb in your body)

3/4 cup of hot water

Combine all ingredients, and enjoy. As a reminder garlic responds differently in everyone’s digestive system. You may experience a slight burning but don’t be alarmed it’s just doing what it needs to do.

Cold Remedy Mary Chryston

2. Smooth Spice – This is the drink to offer you smoothing results. Sore throat, cough, congestion, maybe just starting to feel a little icky this is the drink for you. Coconut oil a prominent ingredient in this drink is a natural antiviral, immunity booster, helps regulate blood sugar, and even increases mental alertness.

1 Tbs of unrefined coconut oil

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of wild honey

1 cup of hot water

Combine all ingredients and sip slowly to let it fully soothe you.

Golden Milk - Mary Chryston

3. Golden Milk – This is a classic immunity booster and detoxifier. It is packed with antioxidants and helps soothe the digestive track. This is great to drink at the first sign of a cold and can even be enjoyed daily maybe before bed as its ingredients aid in relaxation and stress reduction. The flavor is similar to a chai tea latte.

2 cups of almond or coconut milk

1 tsp of turmeric

3/4 tsp of cinnamon

1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp of ginger powder or a pinch of fresh minced ginger root

Dash of freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp of wild honey or high quality maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot (do not boil) and serve immediately. If too spicy for your taste you can eliminate the cayenne pepper. It can also be blended in a food processor before heating to provide a creamier frothy texture. Enjoy.

These beverages can be enjoyed up to twice a day. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Also try to avoid any processed white foods while you are fighting a cold. That includes: sugar, flour, and milk. These foods increase inflammation in the body and your body needs all its energy to focus on fighting the virus. Whole foods are always a great idea. I hope these tips help. And as a reminder I am not a licensed physician these are merely suggestions. Please seek necessary medical attention as you see fit.

Good health to you all 🙂


The Ultimate Workout Versatility

First off let me say that this is not an Ad.  I genuinely am in love with ClassPass. If you have not heard of this before let me introduce you. ClassPass is a monthly membership program that allows you to go to various fitness classes throughout the month. Imagine being able to choose from classes like kickboxing, hot yoga, crossfit, pole dancing, spin, and the list goes on. Every month you are given a set amount of points to use at your discretion. If you run out you can always purchase more points. You can even use ClassPass while traveling to a different states so there is no excuse. Variety and ease of use with ClassPass gives me the ability to keep my workouts interesting.

I love incorporating group fitness into my normal exercise routine for a few reasons:

  1. Group environments bring out my competitive nature, it pushes me a little more than when working out alone (especially in a boot camp class).
  2. I learn new techniques to use on my own and with the assistance of instructors I make improvements on my form.
  3. It takes out the guess work in my workout for that day. I don’t have to plan what exercises I’m going to do, for how many reps, how I’m going to warm up, how I’m going to cool down, etc, etc.
  4. Most importantly I’m able to try fun new activities. It’s like a personal date with myself. And who doesn’t like dates, especially when the company is amazing ;).

Keep your New Year resolution to exercise more, and have fun doing it. You can cancel at any time but why would you want to. Check it out for yourself











The Why to My Active Lifestyle

People often ask me why I workout so much. Working out for me is much more than just a means for staying in shape. It is my nourishment, my therapy, my friend on days that are gray. It is an opportunity for me to be present; to forget about anything that happened before that moment or any future anxieties. It’s just me, my body, and my spirit pushing past prior limitations.

When I say that exercise is a form of therapy I mean that in every way. It helps me battle with feelings of loneliness, depression, and self-doubt. There is something extremely empowering for me when challenging my mind and body. Exercise gets me out of the bed in the morning, or late in the afternoon on days when self doubt tries to set in. It’s thirty minutes to an hour and half of me going toe to toe with my inner demons. All those feelings of I’m not worthy, I can’t be happy, I can’t be successful are obliterated. What I’m left with is an epic high and the desire to crush every single doubt in my mind.

Beyond the amazing confidence boost being active gives me, physical activity is just good old self-care. Time for me to love on body. To be one with my body. Some days I may be in need of a good sweat to detoxify, or stretching/yoga to loosen up tight joints and muscles, or weight training to help me with my posture and form. Setting aside this time for myself helps me feel more centered and focused. How amazing it is to do something good for myself that no one else can do for me.

Staying active makes me love and appreciate the person I see in the mirror everyday; not just for the physical aspect of it but more importantly for the spiritual and mental clarity and confidence I gain. I see worthiness, strength, beauty, love, and an unstoppable spirit. Like I mentioned this is my nourishment, the fuel I need for the betterment of my soul.

What motivates you to stay active?