Colds and sore throats aren’t something that keeps us down, yet most of us will have one this fall or winter season. Thankfully there are several natural bits of help can we use to shorten & lessen the severity of that cold. Here’s a look at a few that will help.
#1 Rest. This is not the time to push yourself. Your body needs time to heal
#2 Stay Hydrated. According to the Mayo Clinic, water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can make dehydration worse.
#3 Add moisture to the air. My favorite is to make an essential oil steam tent. Warm a pot of water, add 1 drop Eucalyptus Radiata and 1 drop Peppermint essential oils. Tent a bath towel over your head and pot, inhale for about 5-7 minutes. (keep a peephole open to let some of the steam out. For kiddos try this in a larger area such as a steamy bathroom. OR Use a clean humidifier or take a steamy shower. Each of these ease that tight congestion.
#4 Eat a balanced diet. Fruits and veggies packed with vitamin C and antioxidants will support your immune system. Stay away from refined processed foods and sugars that can compromise an already weakened immune system. Green Tea is another good choice. It contains catechin which is antioxidant that fights and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.
#5 Sleep with an extra pillow under your head. Yes, mom taught us well here. Raising your head can keep the congestion out of the head and help you to get that good night’s sleep you desperately need.
#6 Diffuse, Diffuse, Diffuse. Although I would suggest you use your diffuser on a regular basis, if you don’t, now is the time to break it out. Diffuse Thieves essential oil to boost your compromised immune system. Diffuse RC or Raven essential oil to ease the strain on your respiratory system. If you have a little one in the home I’d suggest SniffleEase.
#7 Make a chest rub. Pour a quarter-size dollop of coconut or almond oil into the palm of your hand, add 1 drop of Peppermint and 1 drop of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil. Rub on your chest then hop in bed.
#8 Drink lemon and honey tea. Pour a cup of warm/hot water, add 2 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil, 1 teaspoon honey and enjoy the soothing feel on your sore throat. I also add 1 drop of Thieves Vitality essential oil. (Note Thieves essential oil is a hot oil, so you may want to try this in lukewarm water, to take the bite out of it.)
#9 Try Oregano essential oil. Oregano is one of my go-to essential oils when I feel a cold or flu coming on. It has natural antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties to it. If you’re new to essential oils, make sure you use an organic and therapeutic grade oil. Pour a quarter-size amount of coconut oil in the palm of your hand and add ONLY 1 drop of oregano essential oil. Apply to the bottom of your feet. (NOTE oregano is a very hot oil, so please dilute and wash your hands right after to avoid getting any directly into your eyes or tender skin)
#10 Wash your hands. There’s no need to share the love of this cold with others. Wash, Wash, Wash your hands. Also, clean faucets, light switches and doorknobs with a blend of 6 drops Tea Tree and 6 drops Purification essential oil, mixed with water and 1 T. witch hazel in an 8 oz glass spray bottle.
I’m in the hope these “bits of help” will make you more comfortable. That said, if you don’t kick your cold or run a fever for more than a couple of days, please consult your physician.
Here’s to you staying healthy this cold and flu season.
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