Achoo! Natural Prevention For Change Of Season Colds

Most things I’ve read from the Medical community regarding the ‘truth’ about Change of Season Colds, deny their existence. Yet still so many clients present with this issue that I know there is something to it.Change of Season Colds: PRevention and Cures from Reiki of Greater Boston

Upon further investigation it seems that one explanation for these change of season induced colds is that 2 forms of viruses thrive best in a dry climates. Dry climates tend to exist (at least in the Northeastern US) in  Fall/Winter/Spring when we have the heat on in the house.

Another explanation is that we tend to spend more time indoors during the fall & winter time, putting us in greater contact with people which increases our exposure to viruses.

And finally, and to me most plausible: Fall/Winter (again in New England) bring about sadness and depression from lack of light and sun and abundance of holidays, stress, etc. The low mood state encourages disruption to the immune system which then makes us more susceptible to illness including cold viruses.

There. That should satisfy the skeptics enough.

Prevention

Change of Season Colds: PRevention and Cures from Reiki of Greater BostonLive a happy, balanced, lifestyle! Easier said than done I know but here are some simple suggestions specific to cold prevention:

  1. Stay Happy!  Find something that brings you joy and do it often!
  2. Stay Balanced! Work and Play at equal levels, Have a Reiki Healing Treatment 1x/month, Engage in Yoga 1x/week. These latter 2 will keep you balanced.
  3. Wash Your Hands Often.
  4. Cover sneezes with crook of elbow or handkerchief.
  5. Keep your hands away from nose, mouth, ears, eyes.
  6. Eat lots of Fruits and Veggies.
  7. Don’t smoke or breathe in second hand smoke.
  8. Try Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid from Source Naturals.a combination of herbs to support your immune system.
  9. Ply yourself with Vitamins & Supplements:  Astragalus, Vitamin C, Vitamin D,  Omega-3 as well as a Multi-Vitamin.
  10. Reduce sugar in your diet since it weakens your immune system.
  11. Use a Humidifier if your living quarters are dry.

Remedy

If you follow all the Prevention suggestions and still manage to catch a cold, immediately begin the following!

Natural Cold Prevention and Remedies from Reiki of Greater Boston

  1. Drink Fluids and drink more fluids. No alcohol though. Water and juices are best.
  2. Take herbs and vitamins different and/or increased from the prevention stage.
  • Echinacea
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc -necessary to produce white blood cells which fight infections.

3. Sip Some Ginger Tea– You can make your own but there are lots of great organic Ginger Teas on the market. Ginger reduces inflammation, clears congestion and supports the immune system.

Change of Season Colds: PRevention and Cures from Reiki of Greater Boston4. Clear Your Nasal Passages with a Neti pot – This is a bit disgusting but it is effective! Directions will come with your Neti pot purchase but be sure to use distilled water, not tap. The salt used in this precess kills bacteria and the warm water flushes out the nasal passages. Use 2x/day.

5. Use Essential Oils: Eucalyptus Oil, Tee Tree, Peppermint – Drop a few drops in the shower  or tub and breathe deeply.

6. Steam it out! Steam clears a stuffy nose quickly! You can do this with or without essential oils. Pour boiling water in a large bowl, put your face close to the water bowl and cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply for 10 minutes at least 2 times/day.

7. Take honey which has antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’ll boost the immune system and sooth sore throats and coughs.

8. Carry Crystals:  Green stones in general are good for clearing and ridding the body and spirit of unwanted pests and toxins.. Some favorites are: Moss Agate, Green Calcite and Fluorite.chinagreenfluorite4a

9. Eat Healthy and Light – The less energy your body uses to digest food, the more it has to dedicate to the immune system.

10. Try Chicken Soup! Change of Season Colds: PRevention and Cures from Reiki of Greater Boston There is just something about it that moves you along on the road to health.

 

 

 

11. Engage in Light Stretching/Yoga. Here are 3 poses particularly good for clearing colds:

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The Standing Forward Bend improves blood flow to the head, clears the sinuses, invigorates the nervous system and relieves tension in the body.

 

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The deep breathing done in Fish Pose provides relief from respiratory ailments. It also relieves the tension in the neck and shoulders which will lighten the body up.

 

 

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Legs up the Wall pose is highly effective in countering respiratory ailments. It also helps overcome headaches and backaches, calms the mind and helps keep us mentally strong while suffering from cold.

 

12. Have a Reiki Healing Treatment. Reiki will relax and rebalance your body, mind and spirit so that you are better able to move into healing mode. Mention this blog post to get $10.00 off of your next Reiki Treatment with me.

13. Sore Throat Gargle – One tsp. salt to 1 cup water. The salt draws out excess water in your throat’s tissues reducing inflammation and clearing mucous and irritants from the back of your throat. The salt also flushes out bacteria and viruses.

So cheers to your health and happiness! Make sure to get the ok from your Doctor before taking Vitamins and Supplements.

Love, Lisa purple_heart                                                                   no tagline-01

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