4 natural remedies for colds
Last week I woke up with a cold. I kind of new it was coming as I’ve been very busy lately, stressed and not listening to my body’s need for rest and some TLC.
When we don’t take care of the subtle messages, our body-mind finds other ways of getting us to listen!
Here are my four tips for getting over a cold using natural, effective and safe remedies.
There is an old saying, “feed a cold and starve a fever”, so it’s time for nourishing and nurturing foods. For me this is light, easy-to-digest foods such as organic porrage with fruit, steamed or raw vegetables and whole grains.
Yesterday I had a jacket potato (satisfied my need for comfort) along with roasted beetroot and lots of steamed broccoli and carrots.
Ideally I’d eat raw to maximise on vitamins and minerals, but I just wanted warmth, so I gave my body what it craved.
Lots of water is the key every day, but especially when you need to support your immune system. I usually drink 1 1/2 – 2 litres of water daily so I increase this when I’m losing fluids through sweating or blowing my nose. I prefer my water warm as chilled drinks require energy from the body to warm it up and I want all my energy to go towards healing.
The one luxury many of us fail to give ourselves. We are encouraged to pop a pill and get on as usual whereas our body is asking for rest. When resting try not to watch TV or be using the computer. Instead curl up in bed or on the sofa, use a hot water bottle if you’re feeling cold and use the time for positive visualisations or uplifting reading.
My number one medicine is essential oils. Having a cold can be debilitating so the use of uplifting and anti-depressive oils is the perfect way to a speedy recovery. My oils of choice were benzoin (warming and comforting), rose (full of healing, calming energies), lemon (powerful antibiotic) and bergamot (stimulates the immune system and is anti depressant).
What about you? What are your chosen natural remedies when you have a cold?
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