so, you’ve got a cold or the flu, and life is not in a good place.
First, let me say I’m sorry and I hope that you get better soon.
Now, as I said in the previous cold and flu season post, I believe in mainstream medicine but I believe in alternative medicine too. Most of all, I believe that you should do what works best for you, whether that’s nighttime cold medicine, chicken soup or unblocking stuck chi.
That being said, here are seven alternative medicine approaches to colds and flus that are easy, affordable and that most people have access to.
Hot liquids a basic. Hot liquids increase the moisture of your mucous membranes, let clogged noses unclog, ease discomfort, and sooth sore throats. They also help with chills by warming you from the inside out. Most people think of tea, but I find hot lemonade very helpful. (It adds some vitamin C and relieves my scratchy throat.)
Soup Soup is a hot liquid that has all of the above virtues and also helps to get some easy nutrition inside of you. Chicken soup has been found to be particularly healthy and easy to digest.
Honey and Lemon If you have a heavy cough, you may want a serious cough suppressant, but for a mild cough or scratchy throat, honey and lemon can sooth and relieve the pain. Take it in your tea or by the spoonful.
Saline Spray got a stuffed up head? Saline sprays are just salt and water, and can be used as often as you need to clear congestion. Great when you blow and blow and nothing comes out.
Spicy Foods Spicy foods tend to get those noses running to clear out infections and open your head and chest up. Many of them not only contain garlic (which we already knew was good) or capsaicin (which is anti inflamatory, eases pain and anti viral) but also have vitamin C in them ( from such ingredients as hot peppers or tomatoes.)
Massage eases aches and pains, loosens up tightness in places like your chest so you can cough better, and supports a healthy immune system. A massage from a person helps more, but even a massage pillow on your back can help
Acupressure Acupressure sounds exotic, but it’s something you can learn to do yourself to clear congestion, ease aches and pains, and support your immune system. If you’re interested in trying this, I’d recommend the book “Acupressure Potent Points” which you can pull up as an ebook in minutes, even if you’re stuck at home.
So, do what you need to do. Find the combination that works best for your own needs.
And, once again, I hope that you feel better soon…
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