Cold season be gone.

 This is the time of the year, despite our best attempts, colds and coughs are all around us.  Obviously I feel your best defense is a good offense which is why I’m a big proponent of eating clean, high nutrient foods, getting enough sleep, being active and listening to what your body needs.  However stress, travel and a varying routine can wear us down weakening our immune system.

My daughter was under the weather this past week.  A sore throat developed first and progressively got worse throughout the day by the evening she was sporting a wet cough and was very uncomfortable.  The following day was spent on the couch resting with movies + books and lots of tea and mom’s home remedies.  So I thought I’d share some tips to help you through this season healthfully.

 

* Eliminate heavy cold foods and drink from your diet, this means dairy products and sweets.    Remember ‘like increases like’ so your body needs the opposite to right itself.

 

* Increase your garlic intake.  Add more to your dishes, salad dressings even swallowing a clove if you’re brave enough.  Garlic is a natural antibiotic so it will prevent the spread of bacteria while boosting immunity.

 

* Drink lots of warm water and teas.  Hydration is key for flushing the toxins out but make sure to keep the water warm or room temperature for the best results.  Tea is not only soothing but healing as well.

 

* Rest. I know this is a tried and true recommendation but sometimes it’s difficult to let go of the obligations and just let yourself rest.  Try to tune into how you’re feeling.  If you’re tired and worn out listen and cancel plans so you can just rest.

 

* Diffuse essential oils.  If you don’t have a diffuser or aren’t familiar with essential oils you can always start with a simple plug-in diffuser.  They are easy to use and are fairly reasonably priced as well.  There are many oils that are immunity building, good for respiratory health and calming as well.  You can use one or a combination.  My favorite ones to use this time of year are eucalyptus, pine, dwarf juniper (all excellent for colds, flu, asthma conditions) and lavender (good for calming and grounding).

 

* Apply sesame oil inside the nose and ears before bed.  If you’re suffering ear discomfort try dipping a q-tip into cold-pressed organic sesame oil and rubbing, dripping into the ear.  This is only recommended if the ear canal is completely dry so wait several hours after showering to try.  Also, depending on our heat and moisture in the air sometimes the nose can get really dried out especially while we’re sleeping.  Rubbing a little sesame oil inside each nostril will take care of this and is very calming to the body in general.

 

Here are a couple of home remedies I use regularly;

 

For a sore throat, cough with phlegm and/or pain….. 1 Tbsp raw organic honey and 1 sprinkle each of turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.  Mix them together well into a paste and lick off a spoon slowly. Allow the mixture to linger in your mouth a bit and slide down your throat coating it.

 

Lemon Ginger Tea:  1 Tbsp fresh ginger or 1 inch piece of ginger peeled, 2 lemon wedges, dash of cayenne and 8 oz water.  Steep the ingredients while heating the water, strain and sip.

If you need a sweetener add a little honey but only after the tea has cooled so it is drinkable.

 

Ginger Honey Tonic:  ½ teaspoon fresh ginger juice mixed with ¼ teaspoon honey, you can have this three times per day to boost immunity and kick a cold sooner than later.

 

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