Effective Cold & Flu Home Remedies

Did you know that according to statistics the average person will catch anywhere between two to four colds this winter?

It’s that time again here in the New England where the Fall foliage is peaking and the temperatures are dropping. While I do love this time of the year, because of the picturesque Fall foliage and the smell of wood burning, it does make me want to prepare myself and my family for the winter associated ailments like the cold and flu.

One of the best reassuring statements that I heard my son’s pediatrician say to me the other day when I brought my 9 year old son in to be evaluated for his chest congestion and questionable wheezing was:

“No, his lungs are clear and he doesn’t need any medications. Keep on doing what you are doing because it obviously is working.”

After I told him of the natural cures and homeopathic remedies that I was giving to my son, he said confidently to keep it up. I did reassure him that I know about homeopathic remedies because I studied it for 5 years and graduated in from the Teleosis School of Homeopathy in Cambridge, MA.

For the sake of today’s topic, I will focus more on my most popular “go-to” natural cures that I use once I suspect a change in my health or my family’s. Next month, I will talk about homeopathy and my 3 favorite remedies that I always carry as my 1st aid remedy.

As soon as I start detecting that my body is feeling extra fatigue, my nose is getting stuffy, and I am colder than usual my mind starts running it’s very own medical evaluation. I believe that immediate response to wellness increases the body’s ability to get better sooner rather than later when the condition has worsened.

The questions I typically ask myself are:

“Am I coming down with something or am I just run down?”
“Does anyone at home or at work have these symptoms?”
“What can I do now that can help?”
“What do I have at home that can make me feel better?”

Ginger Lemon with Honey

Once I determine that I am coming down with something I go in my natural cures mode that I call, 4 D’s to Fortify.

The 4 D’s stand for: disinfect, drink, dietary, and dream.

1. “Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.” Napoleon

Disinfect: I replace my toothbrush and disinfect my bathrooms, change all the towels, disinfect the hand rails, door knobs, kitchen eating area, replace all the kitchen towels and dish sponge. I also disinfect the electrical and computer devices such as light switches, TV remote, telephone, cell phones, and computer keys. Basically, I go on a “germ quest” and think about the most commonly touched areas of the house. I do this to cease and contain the germs from spreading to my family. If you don’t have a spare toothbrush, take your current one and soak it in salt water to allow the antiseptic qualities of the salt to cleanse the bristles of your toothbrush.

2. “True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington.” Anonymous

Drink: I get the pot of hot water going and drink ginger tea with honey. Ginger is a great warming root and helps with congestion. It’s also great for an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness. Ginger helps with detoxification of the body; it helps the body sweat and release toxins. Honey on the other hand is a wonderful sweetener and has many antiseptic and soothing qualities such as being a natural cough suppressant. Honey, especially locally harvested, is great for seasonal allergies, coughs and sore throat. If you can tolerate the taste of the real thing, get a fresh ginger root from your grocery store and cut up approximately 1 inch of the root and set it to a boil on your stove. You can drink this all day and it will help loosen congestion and warm up your bones on a cold day. If you are a diabetic, please avoid using honey and use your preferred no-sugar sweetener.

3. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates

Dietary: Chicken soup, need I say more? But really, there is something about chicken soup that is soothing when we are feeling a little under the weather. It is both fluid for hydration and food for nourishment. It is perfect when you have little appetite from not feeling well. If you don’t have someone around to whip up a nice pot of chicken soup for you then here’s a delicious semi-home made trick to make a delicious chicken soup. Buy an already cooked rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store and bring to boil and simmer for 1 – 2 hours. Add chicken stock or chicken base to it to taste. Add 2 sticks of carrots cut into cubes, 1 celery stalk chopped, and 1 medium size onion chopped. Add whatever pasta or rice that you might have around then salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy! Try adding some lemon with your chicken soup next time to really kick up the healing qualities and flavor of the soup. Lemon is another one of nature’s healthy foods that is loaded with Vitamin C, it is a wonderful antioxidant. If you made too much soup take the extras and freeze them.

4. “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”  Spanish Proverb

Dream: In order for our wonderful human body to recharge and replenish itself we need sleep. This is one of the most important things that we can give ourselves in order to reach optimum health. Take naps when you can during the day. Listen to your body. If you are at home and feel tired lay down and rest. This is the best time to be gentle to yourself. Trust that the time you invest in yourself will help you bounce back quicker. If you are too busy to take care of yourself your sick body will find a way to stop you and put you in bed one way or another. It is always best to do it at the start of an illness in order to allow the body to do what it needs to do for you.

I hope that you have found these natural cures helpful. I invite you to try one or two of them that you feel might be reasonable. Please note that the techniques and cures that I just mentioned are also great for when you are feeling healthy. I agree with Benjamin Franklin when he said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Prevention is important.

If you have natural cures that have worked for you in the past please email them to me. I’ll be sure to add it to the next newsletter so others may benefit from them as well. Until then, I wish you a healthy and happy day.

Disclaimer: The above natural cures are not a replacement for your existing medical treatment. Always consult with your doctor regarding any changes to your medical care. These natural cures are not a prescription but a suggestion. For any questions regarding the effectiveness of these natural cures please perform your own educational research and bring your questions to your physician to see if they are contraindicated to your medical condition. The sole purpose of these tips is to bring awareness of the many simple and natural ways to reach optimum mind-body-spirit wellness.

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