Natural Rescue Remedies for recurring colds

 In Body Mind and Spirit, Natural Rescue Remedies

“Do I have the recurring cold that so many people have had this season here in the UK? Well, I don’t think I have.  Let me tell you some of the things I’ve been doing to keep my cold at bay…”

Natural Rescue Remedies for recurring colds

Natural Remedies to keep your recurring cold at bay

Do I have the recurring cold that so many people have had this season here in the UK?

I have decided to share the bits and pieces I have been doing to keep my spirits up and the cold I have caught, I don’t want it to drag on or spread.

I’m sharing this so that you can also include them in what you are doing just in case you are as unfortunate as I have been to pick up this cold in the first place.

Salt Bath

I use a handful of salt in a tub of hot water – I steep myself in the salty water for about 20 minutes and let all the salty steaminess do its job. Keep your tissues to hand as your nose will want to clear itself.  If you have a cough all that saline moisture will really get into your lungs and start to clear away the mucous and lubricate the nasal tubes! Link to salts here

Salty Steam

If I can’t have a bath then I like to inhale steamy salty vapours in a different way. I fill a ceramic bowl with hot water and I add a spoonful of natural sea salt into it.  f you have chamomile essential oil to hand you could put a drop or two in the bowl of salted water too,  chamomile essential oil is known to help relieve cold symptoms. You want something gentle in this water, don’t go for tea tree or eucalyptus unless you are sure of what you are doing as they can be a bit overwhelming even when you use as little as a single drop. I let the salt fully dissolve and then I lean over the bowl (careful not to get burned by the steam or the water) and I cover my head and the bowl with a towel and inhale the vapours gently, like my nostrils gently sip in the steam. Make sure that the steam isn’t too hot, you don’t want to scorch the delicate nasal membranes.

Salt water gargle

Gargling with a saline and baking soda solution can help too. In a cup of warm water add no more than a pinch of salt and a pinch of pure baking soda. Stir to dissolve the salts fully then use the liquid as a gargle.

Cool-mist humidifier

Keeping your nasal passageways moist is really important when you have a cold.  One of your best natural defenses against the cold virus is the mucus membranes that make up your nasal passages, and they simply do a much better job of trapping and disposing of germs and viral invaders when they’re moist.

Most vaporisers are steamy and hot but I’d give a cold water vaporiser a try if hot steam humidifiers haven’t helped you. If the machine allows you to include eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil you could sparingly add a drop or two.

Link to challenge cool-mist humidifier here

Nasal Douche

Designed for people to use to clear their nasal passageways after surgery or when they have allergic rhinitis nasal douching I like the Emcur nasal douche and salts. The little kit helps feed saline fluids into one nostril and it travels up and through ‘your tubes’ and down and out of the the other nostril, flushing out any mucous or debris in your nose and offering soothing If you don’t mind a short wait, buy a reusable emcur nasal douche and also a couple of boxes of salts from Germany. It’ll be worth it.

On nasal douching, I’d stick to the salt blends that your will get in sachets with the nasal douche equipment. I wouldn’t be tempted to make a salt solution yourself as if you get too much salt in the solution it will burn the inside of your nostrils, how do I know this? I did it myself and it stung and burned like hell!

Salt pipe

A new addition to my respiratory arsenal is a salt pipe. You breathe in, sucking the air over the bed of salt stored in the vessel at the base of the pipe. The salty air goes into your mouth, throat and down to your lungs. Then you breath out away from the pipe. Cheap and effective. I use the salt pipe by Salitair.

Salt pipes are a miniature version of salt caves. Salt caves are rooms where the walls ceiling and floor are made out of rock salt and you sit in these caves and inhale the salt saturated air directly into the lungs as you breathe in.

Room Spritz

Take a 50ml spray bottle Put a bit of bottled spring water in the spray bottle and add a single drop of eucalyptus and a half pinch of salt. Shake it and spritz around the room. It will put salt and eucalyptus into the air around you as well as clearing down the room.

Fluids

Water water water!  Drink lots and lots of fresh clean water. Staying well hydrated helps your body loosen and dispose of mucus you see.  10 glasses of spring water a day. Take it cool, warm or hot.

Honey and Lemon drink

My go to favourite when I have a cold is always a cup of hot water with a slice or two of fresh lemon and a teaspoon of raw honey. I use a nice china cup as it makes me feel better to drink out of something nice – it keeps your spirits up!!!

  • One cup of hot water
  • One or two frozen lemon slices (3/4cm width)
  • 1 teaspoon raw or organic honey
  • Optional: add a slice of raw ginger if you feel like you could do with a warm kick to your system

Lemons contain a whole list of nourishing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that fight infection. Lemon juice has been used to treat throat infections and respiratory disorders too. Lemon juice  naturally strengthens the immune system. Every drop of fresh lemon juice helps. I thoroughly wash the skin of unwaxed organic lemons and cut them into slices that are about 3/4 cm thick. You can use them fresh or batch up the slices and freeze them so they are on hand whenever you want them.  Frozen lemon slices also take the edge off the hot water (hot water scalds the honey and reduces it’s healing properties).

When you buy honey try and buy local from your friendly beekeeper as they are less likely to have cut or blended the honey with lesser graded varieties. Pay the extra as it will be worth it. A way to test honey for purity is to set it alight and see if it burns. Raw honey has amazing soothing powers that make it a natural remedy for sore throats, coughs and colds. Raw honey has antibacterial properties that help the body fight infection, and it’s a great natural energy-booster! It also tastes sweet and comforting and gives you a bit of an energy boost as it lifts your tired spirits.

Herbal Teas

Herbal and fruit teas are comforting. I like peppermint tea sipped during the day to help clear my nasal passageways. Chamomile is soothing toward bedtime. It’s so important to be able to sleep so your body can repair.

Syrups

Old medicine cupboards always had a small bottle of rosehip or elderberry syrups to hand to help with colds and cough. If you can get an authentic one then these will also give you a boost.

Apple cider vinegar (with the mother)

If your sense of taste has been wiped out you could try some spoonfuls of Apple cider vinegar! You should only use an Apple Cider vinegar that still contains the mother (it will tell you on the label). I use the Bragg’s brand if I can get it. Apple cider vinegar should be unrefined and unpasteurized. This vinegar will still contain the mother (the bacteria and yeast that are responsible for fermentation). This will have a hefty tang to the taste but it works. Try 2 teaspoonfuls a few times a day, take it straight or add it to a cup of warm water. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is very alkalizing.

Hot toddies and alcohol

My Nanny used to always say that the best way to get rid of a cold was to enjoy a hot toddy, a hot drink with a dash of whiskey or such. I’m afraid I disagree with her. I suggest you steer clear of alchohol as it is counter productive to all you are doing to combat the cold. Think of alcohol as helping the cold not being the cure. Steer clear of Milk and dairy too.

Broths and Soups

I also take in plenty of fluids by drinking simple vegetable broths and soups. I am lucky as I have a nutribullet that makes up soups too. I whip up a nourishing fresh soup in about 7 minutes straight using the little wonder machine that I have. And, when I am not making soups I can use the same machine to rustle up some fresh fruit smoothies. Packed full of antioxidants and vital nutrients and vitamins. Flood your body with plenty of fluids as it will really help your body throw off the cold.

Protective skin care balm

This is a really simple home remedy that makes a fantastic skin balm. it protects the skin and nourishes it too.  It takes less than 15 minutes to whip up and it will nourish and protect the delicate skin that takes such a hammering when you are wiping the nose and lips all the time. A red nose and sore lips is never an attractive look! You only need a small jar, about the size of an egg cup. A little goes a long way. make it as you need it.

  • 4g Honey
  • 12g Coconut fat (cold pressed, virgin)
  • 8g Beeswax
  • 32ml Almond Oil

Place all the ingredients in a heatproof bowl and place the bowl into a pan of hot water (bain marie). When the ingredients are full melted pour them into a clean cosmetic jar and leave to cool completely before putting on the lid. You can use this straight away. Buy jars and general natural skin care from manifest health’s shop.

* Please don’t microwave the ingredients as microwaving alters the chemical structures and what you get will get a much inferior end result.

Don’t pretend you haven’t got a cold

Don’t try to mask your cold with over the counter medicines or choose to grin and bare it and just keep going as if nothing has happened.

Cancel all but the most urgent of commitments. Allow yourself the space to rest and the time to beat the illness AND then time to convalesce afterwards.  Don’t be guilty that you have to take time to recover.

Not taking the time to allow your body to recover risks  the illness coming back again or worse, the illness changes into something else that is much more significant and you end up needing antibiotics or other prescription medicines.

Antibiotics and other prescription medicines

Antibiotics will not help with a cold. A cold is a virus and antibiotics help with bacterial infections.  Having said that though, colds can kick start more serious respiratory problems.  if you find that the cold or cough is getting away from you and you need more help – take it! GPs are there to help you and we are lucky to have some of the medicines that we do have.  Take the medicines you need to take and then, once you are recovered and rested, do a mini detox and rebuild your body again. So, see a doctor or qualified health practitioner if symptoms do not start to ease within two weeks, or if you suspect that a complication is developing.

Ventilation

Keep your room well ventilated but don’t let it get drafty. Also, if you can, keep the room warmish rather than chilly.

Cold Viruses like it chilly

Cold viruses can stay alive for quite a while and they live longer in a cool room.

General Hygiene

Don’t run the risk of infecting someone else or reinfecting yourself just because of poor hygiene.If you have a cold it’s likely that you will be touching all sorts of work surfaces and handles. Washing your hands regularly and using antibacterial gels will really help.

Tissues

Cough or sneeze into tissues and throw the tissues away as soon as you can – don’t leave them lying around.

Handles, work surfaces, phones, computer keyboards etc.

Wipe surfaces with antibacterial wipes wherever you go. You can stop colds spreading by simple constant hygiene.

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