Above all, what is the cold?
The common cold is a benign viral infection of the nose and throat. It is very common and can occur at any age, any time of the year. It requires rest, both physically and mentally, and often arises as a warning signal in times of fatigue. The symptoms associated with it are runny nose congestion, sneezing, wet or dry cough and sore throat. Depending on the person’s state of health, the common cold may give way to other infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis or otitis, which is why it is important to take care of it.
How to relieve it?
Here are some natural remedies:
- Decongest the airways:
-Eucalyptus and peppermint: inhalation of diluted essential oils (4 to 6 drops in boiling water, or in a diffuser).
-Tiger balm: rub it on the chest.
– Blowing the nose rather than bringing the mucus back into the respiratory tract.
- Relieve sore throat:
-Thym and turmeric: infusion (dry cough).
– Black pepper: in infusion, put a teaspoon of ground pepper for two tablespoons of honey (wet cough).
-Cinnamon: in powder, added to a ginger-honey infusion to expel the secretions.
-Salt, cider vinegar or tea tree essential oil: diluted with water to gargle (3 times a day).
- Boost the immune system:
-Echinacea: Orally (infusion or mother tincture up to 4 times a day)
– Tea tree: dermal application of essential oil along the vertebral column, mixed with vegetable oil, for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and immune modulating properties.
-Lemon: Oral (1/2 lemon juice) in lukewarm water in the morning, also known for its detoxifying properties.
-Vitamins D and C: in capsules (or drink a berry juice in the sun, while remaining well bundled-up of course!).
-Garlic: to be introduced in the meals to fight against the viruses.
-Oregano: take a small spoon of oregano oil (3 times a day) or inhale the diffusion, to counter infections.
- To rest:
Preferably choose a warm but not too dry environment (50% minimum humidity, use an air humidifier if needed).
Move away from sources of stress.
Take ginseng to recover well (powder, capsule or mother tincture).
For adept meditators, take advantage of this moment to practice meditation to relieve the mind and soothe the anger of the moment. As for beginners, here is a good opportunity to start
- Drink plenty of water, again and again:
Do you know that the mass of your cells is composed of 65% to 90% of water? In addition, when fighting an infection, it is particularly important to stay well hydrated to remove toxins, moisturize nasal mucous membranes and relieve congestion (your urine becomes clear when you drink enough water).
These tips help fight a cold, as well as prevent it. In cure, and in case of fever (seeing a doctor above 38.5 °), the symptoms dissipate after 3 to 7 days. Finally, you should know that fever helps the body fight the infection by preventing the growth of bacteria and viruses and by activating the immune system. Do not panic, this is a natural reaction of the body! If the cold affects you in a chronic way, consult your naturopath to receive specific advice adapted to your own needs!
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
*These tips are not suitable for young children, pregnant women or people undergoing certain medical treatments.
*This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.