*cough* *sniffle* *snort* *atchoooooooo!* Cold and flu season has officially announced itself, and if you live in a big city like us, you can find yourself dodging germs left and right. As the seasons change, our bodies need time to adjust to the weather which often results in weakened immunities. Have no fear, for we have some powerful natural regimens and tips bound to keep your health in tip top shape throughout the season.
The simplest ways to keep your immunities in check are as follows:
*Drink lots of water
Drinking 8- 8oz glasses of water per day allows your body to work as it should. Drinking plenty of water supports digestion and flushes unwanted toxins out of our bodies. It’s also great for the skin and helps to prevent signs of aging! (You can replace a couple of those glasses for hot tea after your meals or as a cozy treat to soothe an itchy throat.)
*Eat locally sourced foods that are in-season
A fact that most of us tend to forget is that foods that grow regionally and seasonally are designed to keep us healthy and build our immunities to endure that environment’s seasonal transitions. Eating an ayurvedic diet that includes in-season foods and spices can maintain your health and vibrance. Eating foods like lemons, apples, butternut squash, sweet potato, beets, almonds (and others high in vitamin C) are great way to keep sickness at bay during the Fall to Winter season.
*Think positively and get an adequate amount of sleep
“The mind is a powerful thing” and “stress kills”. These statements come up in various quotes because they are true. When you think positively and change your perspective towards happiness, your mind and body benefit. Getting enough sleep greatly effects our brain activity and sharpness. Make sure to get a good 7-9 hours for improved memory, a spur in creativity, less stress and better overall health.
In addition to these tips, read on for natural remedies for common ailments and annoyances:
Cloud of Protection: BY NIEVESWhen there’s sickness in the air it’s nice to have a defense at your fingertips. Essential oils work very effectively on airborne pathogens. The essential oil molecules are very small. They stay suspended in the air a long time, providing you with a shield from airborne bacteria and viruses.
Thief Oil has been scientifically proven to kill deadly germs. Research from Weber State University in Utah has shown that it has a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria. 100% Pure Essential Oil
This synergistic blend of oils helps to provide relief from occasional discomfort from chest congestion, head and muscle tension, inflammation and joint pain. Once applied to the chest and whole body you’ll instantly feel the effectiveness, allowing you to breathe deeply and feel better.
Run a hot bath with eucalyptus epsom salts. Soothes tired, aching muscles; Mineral-rich Mediterranean sea salt rejuvenates your skin; Eucalyptus essential oil uplifts, calms and helps you breathe.
A decongesting and restorative blend when symptoms of colds and flu get the better of you. Use the decongest massage and bath oil when you feel a cold coming on.
SOOTHE SORE THROAT
For centuries, the berry from the shrubby elderberry tree (Sambucus nigra) has been a popular remedy for colds and influenza. The dark purple berries are made into a delicious syrup which can then be taken right of the spoon or mixed with hot water and lemon for a nourishing tea. Elderberry syrup can be taken on a daily basis as a preventative measure during cold season or as desired while ill.
Home remedies for cold and flu symptoms are many, but honey, lemon and ginger, seem to pop up with enough frequency to convince us once again that simple is best. No one makes a claim that this blend will actually cure what ails you, but it certainly will comfort, soothe and give your immune system a boost.
RELIEVE EAR PAIN
Garlic fights bacterial infection by being a natural antibiotic. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is so very gentle. Mullein flowers have long been added to olive oil as an ear oil to help reduce pain, inflammation and fight bacteria.
Warm Olive Oil + Diluted Essential Tea Tree Oil
Warm olive oil soothes the ear canal and tea tree oil has mild anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. A few drops of tea tree oil should be diluted with ¼ cup of warm olive oil (or other carrier oil) prior to use.
Andrea Plell is EcoHabitude’s Director of Communications and the Editor-in-Chief of the EcoHabitude blog. Since 2007, Andrea has been on a mission to support a paradigm shift in the fashion industry. She currently runs her own PR and ethical fashion production company in San Francisco, CA.
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