I’d like to share with you a few of my self-help tips for getting through a cold with as little suffering as possible.
The two key things which are going to speed your recovery are getting as much rest as you can, and drinking plenty of water. However you might want to try some of the following to help you get through:
- Make yourself some homemade lemsips (3 or 4 per day). Put into a mug: the juice of 1 lemon, a 1/2 inch piece of root ginger cut into chunks, either 1 or 2 cloves of garlic sliced and a dessertspoon full of honey. Top up the mug with boiled water for a hot, comforting, antiviral, immune boosting brew to keep you going through the day.
- Do some aromatherapy steam inhalations. You can either use the head over a bowl of hot water, towel over the head combo, or you can buy a purpose made device called a steam inhaler which come in all sorts of shapes/sizes/technological advancements. Either way, add a maximum of 8 drops of essential oil to your inhalation. My favourite essential oils to use include:
- Eucalyptus, for decongesting plus it is somewhat antibacterial/antiviral.
- Lavender, is balancing and helps reduce fever. Also antibacterial/antiviral
- Lemon, a great antiviral and it can also improve your energy levels. Be wary not to use at night-time though as it is a stimulant.
- Tea tree is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and generally known for its immune boosting properties.
- Marjoram, is an expectorant so great for helping you shift a cough. It’s also well known for aiding sleep so can help you get a good night’s rest.
- Black pepper. I like to use this is it often helps take away that chilled through feeling you have when you are under the weather.
- Take Echinacea. Whilst this herbal supplement is better as a preventative measure than it is as a cure it does also hold some benefits in the way of lessening symptoms and reducing the length of a cold. As a preventative be careful not to overdo it as the more you take the less impactful it will be. You can either take it with gusto as the first signs of a cold start, or you can take it on an on/off basis so two weeks on, two weeks off for an immune strengthening effect. As a medication for a cold take at regular intervals through the day to ease symptoms.
- Get a dose of elderberries. The easiest form to get these in is a liquid you can buy from your health food shop called Sambucol. Elderberries are choc full of vitamin C and research has shown they are one of the most antiviral substances you can get.
- Take Himalayan salt baths. Himalayan salt aids the detoxing of the body and replenishes minerals which are lost through sweating when we have a fever. The warm bath and salt combination also helps ease your achy body, and again when done before bed can help you get a restful night.
- Get your feet rubbed. Reflexology is well known for its impact on stress reduction and the immune boosting side-effects that this brings can help speed a cold on its way. It can also strengthen your immune system in order to help you avoid picking up bugs in the first place.
There are tonnes of natural ways to support yourself when you are feeling under the weather; these are just some of my favourite for when I’ve had a visit from the sniffle fairy.
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