Isn’t it funny how timing works out, As I’d been putting this blog post together, wouldn’t you know it, I come down with a cold late last week! Achy, mega mucus, sinus pressure and a hacking cough. When it comes to the cold and flu season, I feel we already know about the benefits of vitamin C, vitamin D, probiotics, elderberry syrup, oil of oregano, echinacea, zinc.
I’m going to share with you a few other options that may be new to you or you may have heard of but haven’t tried yet. I personally have used all of the methods listed. It’s almost impossible to completely avoid a cold over the fall and winter season especially when are kids around (this is for all my Mommy friends!) With adequate rest, movement, nutrition and the help of a few great supplements hopefully that virus will only stick around for a short time and you can get back to regular life asap.
Neti Pot Rinse – Used to rinse mucus, debris from the sinuses. It can be utilized as a preventative and is an excellent way to flush the sinuses during illnesses like sinus infections. Use distilled water and a salt solution; it takes a few attempts to get the feeling of how it works, but it is quite simple. Using a neti pot is also great for allergies, safe during pregnancy and if you are trying to avoid or reduce the use of nasal medications. Using a neti pot was a game changer for me! There is just something so satisfying about seeing all that gunk drain right out of my sinuses, just awesome.
*TIP – Be sure to use either distilled water or boil tap water for several minutes and let it cool to lukewarm, not hot.
Essential Oils – Essential oils are a growing in popularity for natural wellness and healing. I think part of the reason for growing popularity is essential oils are so easy to use and very efficient with little to no side effects. They can be used as a facial steam, warm bath, diffuser or nebulizer. Blends with peppermint, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, clove, citrus, and lavender are a must have for the cold and flu season but can be used year round and naturally have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
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*Tip – I know there are many pet lovers out there, especially cat lovers, keep in mind cats are very sensitive to essential oils, their tiny livers have a tough time processing them, and they can be toxic. Always check with your Health Care Practioner about the use of oils during pregnancy.
The Power Of Mushrooms – Reishi, Shiitake and Cordyceps are more commonly known medicinal mushrooms. Chaga, Turkey Tail, and Agarikon are a few more mushrooms with amazing benefits. I first discovered the power of mushrooms while attending school for Holistic Nutrition. I then heard about Paul Stamets and his supplement line Host Defense (organic, bee friendly, eco-friendly production) he is the pioneer of Mycology with numerous published articles and studies. Mushrooms can are found as a supplement is a capsule, tincture or powder. Be sure to talk to your health care practitioner to see what suits you best.
Bone Broth– The benefits of making your own broth are adding valuable minerals to nourish the body along with collagen, and glutamine which helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Cooking your bone broth with either grass fed beef bones or pastured chicken bones, simmered with vegetables like carrots, celery, onion, and ginger and garlic is a must do. Your local butcher will have good quality soup bones. You can add an immune boost to your broth like medicinal mushrooms!
*Tip – Bulk simmer all day in a crock pot, portion, and freeze for easy adds to dishes like rice, quinoa or a soothing warm cup of broth at bedtime.
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It’s so hard to choose as everyone has different needs and body types, even stages of a virus. Some other options to consider:
- Bee Pollen & Propolis – very nourishing and packed with vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Source a good quality honey, pollen, propolis from you local Beekeeper.
- *Andrographis – may reduce the duration and intensity of your cold. This herb has an affinity for the respiratory tract. *This is a staple in our house!
- Astragalus – excellent to add to soups ( or your homemade bone broth!) This root stimulates the immune system. Find a good quality astragalus in your local health food store in root or powder form. Astragalus also comes in supplement form in capsule and extract.
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