Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cold Remedies

This year I have managed to ward off all sickness!  Who needs a flu shot when you eat nutritious food, get a good amount of exercise, and keep your cabinet loaded with some D3, C and Silver Water??  Obviously, I don't eat good things all the time, but I have been doing really good for the most part.  I've also made it to the gym 4-5 days a week in the last month.  It's actually become my new hobby!  I also keep a well supplied stock of these great vitamins/minerals.

The last few days however, my body has been fighting some cold symptoms and I wanted to be sure to share some helpful remedies!  You don't need to rush to the Dr for every little sniffle...especially when you can take care of it yourself.  Leave your Dr more time for emergency patients and you stay home and manage the smaller stuff :)  You and your Dr will appreciate it in the long run!

If you are like me and suffer from ear troubles sometimes, this part is for you.  My right ear is shaped funny inside and so I have to take a little extra care of it in general.  If you feel an ear infection coming on, manually adjusting your ears is a great way to help them drain.  You can ask your Chiropractor how to do this (or ask me next time you see me).  It's easy and doesn't hurt...it's just uncomfortable sometimes.  Next, you'll want to get some garlic and mullein ear drops.  This is the kind I use but there are other brands out there.  (heads up, this kind smells of garlic!)  The main ingredients are garlic and mullein, but if you don't want to buy anything extra, you can smash up some garlic from your kitchen and mix with pure olive oil and drop it into your ear.  Sounds crazy, but it works just as well.  Garlic is a natural antibiotic.  These drops along with manually adjusting your ears help fend off infection that might try and take hold.

Other supplements that are good for colds and congestion are good 'ol Silver Water, Vitamin C, and D3!  In my fantastic book, Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing (highly recommend) it has some extra tips for success like only taking one form of medication at a time (page 344).  You can get garlic pills if you don't like eating garlic.  That's what I usually do.  I have a friend that smears some raw garlic on a piece of toast at first signs of a cold and this helps kick out any virus.  I don't do this because the thought of it is gross to me, but hey, if you don't mind that much garlic, it will sure work! :)

For stuffy noses, you can use some nice Eucalyptus Essential oil to help your sinuses.

The thing about homeopathic solutions is they help you build up your immune system, not just relieve you from icky symptoms.  These ideas won't be a quick fix...it'll help support your body's genius function to protect itself which sometimes takes a bit longer than medications.  Sometimes homeopathic solutions may feel like they are just fluffy ideas that don't work, but in the long run, natural remedies will equip your body to fend off a cold or ear ache.  This cold has been really hard on my nose so along with all the vitamins, I have also taken a nasal decongestant; but with the advise from my book, I've only taken a "single-ingredient product" because sometimes multi-ingredient products end up working against each other (page 344).    

If you're suffering from a cold or ear ache, try these remedies and see what you think.  It's not a quick fix, but for me, I've found these to be beneficial and a great alternative for my body in the long run.  And as always, when buying vitamins, the brand is VERY important.  Be sure it's been inspected for purity and is potency and quality guaranteed :)