Remedies for the Season


   By: Shawna Boodhoo

   2013-10-10 09:02 PM

Autumn has arrived, and cold and flu season is upon us.  Feeling a hint of some symptoms coming on myself, I asked my friends what their best remedies are to fight a cold.  These friends included doctors, nurses, pharmacists, teachers, osteopathic practitioners, massage therapists, yoga instructors, aestheticians, and experienced mothers and grandmothers, just to name a few.  It was interesting to see how everyone suggested natural remedies first.  Here is a list of their best recommendations as symptomatic relief:

  • Increase your intake of fresh garlic and onions, eat lots of protein, and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • For sore throats, swallow unpasteurized honey and gargle with salt water.
  • Have a hot bath with 2 cups epsom salts; the salts help draw out toxins so your body heals faster.
  • Drink hot liquids to relieve congestion, prevent dehydration and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. 
  • For example, mix your own power tea with boiled water with cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, raw honey, powdered ginger, and cloves or a hot toddy with hot water, lemon, honey, coffee and whiskey.
  • Oil of oregano is high in fibre, iron and vitamin K, and claims to kill bacteria and act as an antioxidant.
  • Use saline nasal spray or your own homemade baking soda/salt water mix to remove virus particles and bacteria from your nose.
  • Breathe in steam from boiled water or a humidifier.
  • Dab Vicks under your nose to help open breathing passages (i.e. menthol, eucalyptus, and camphor all act as mild numbing agents to soothe irritation).
  • 1000 mg of Vitamin Ester-C, or consider echinacea or zinc supplements.
  • OnGuard essential oil blend (cinnamon, clove bud, eucalyptus, rosemary and wild orange) rubbed on your feet then put socks on. 
  • Keep warm to direct energy to your immunity and get lots of rest, sleeping with an extra pillow under your head to relieve congested nasal passages.
  • And of course, plenty of fluids and rest.  It will break up your congestion, prevent dehydration and keep your throat moist.

Try multiple remedy suggestions and see what works best for you.  Here's to a healthier season!


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