It is one of the worst feelings - having a cold. Runny nose, sore throat, decongestion and several other equally uncomfortable symptoms that can take over your life for a few days. We feel lousy and will do anything to make it go away.
We are bombarded with adverts for cold cures, flu injections, and other toxic treatments, so the first thing we usually do is go and buy what we have been brainwashed into believing we need. Usually all this does is line the pockets of the drugs industries, and potentially cause us further damage to our health that may not materialise until later.
Our health is much more holistic than we are led to believe. We are generally treated symptomatically and not as a whole organism. Our diet, state of mind and circumstances all play a part in our health, and over the counter drugs can have no effect on these factors.
Having a positive outlook has been shown to reduce incidences of health problems, and the rate of recovery is also reduced. However, if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself with the cold, here are some natural ways to deal with it.
Taking regular drinks of lemon and ginger, peppermint or chamomile tea can help to reduce decongestion. They each have properties that act as mild decongestants without any harmful toxins or chemicals being involved.
Lemon and ginger can be prepared using fresh lemons and ginger, and the same with mint tea. Using fresh leaves are more beneficial than prepared leaves. In addition, the teas mentioned are great for soothing sore throats.
Echinachea is a herb that assists with building up our immune system. It is thought to be a preventative medicine, as well as useful while in the throes of a cold. It can help with respiratory conditions and assist with building up your strength again.
Echinachea and Golden Seal work really well together and can be taken as a hot drink to further support the healing process.
Mucus build up can be a potential problem during a cold. To reduce mucus try burning eucalyptus oil in a diffuser to assist with breathing easier. Do not ingest, put it on your skin, pillow, eyes or anywhere else on the body as it can act as a powerful irritant.
Reduce mucus forming foods from your diet during the cold. These include; dairy products, orange juice, meat and fried foods.
Add Flavour To Your Meals
Adding onions, garlic, tumeric, chillies and hot peppers to your food helps you build up a stronger constitution. Having garlic and onions together increases their healing capabilities. Both contain allicin that help to fight infections and they both contain ingredients that are on a par with some shop bought cold remedies.
Taking the precautions above, can also act to prevent colds and increase your chances of not being infected. Add to this a positive and happy mind, you may then be less susceptible to other virusís that are doing the rounds.