Wednesday, April 20, 2011

change of season tonics and remedies

Hands down, every time the seasons change and the weather turns, I get sick. Symptoms usually include any combination of the following: runny nose, sore throat, sinus headaches, fatigue, cough, red and dry eyes, indigestion, dry hands and blotchy skin.

When our immune systems are down I first and foremost visit the naturopath to see what insight and advice she can offer. But I also prepare a few home remedies myself and eliminate a few other things from our environment and diet:

for a general immunity boost:
wash and clean sheets, vacuum floors and dust surfaces- infusing laundry and soaps with a touch of essential clove oil
cut out all sugar including my daily piece of dark chocolate, soy milk, baked goods and other sweets
cut out all coffee and replace with one green tea/day
drink more water infused with lemon juice
cut out all dairy (if I've been consuming any)
try and get more sleep (sigh-I'm not very good at this one)
eat hearty, warm and wet foods like soups, stews and casseroles filled with lots of fresh vegetables
take a zinc and vitamin C supplement at the very least (talk to your Doctor or naturopath about what supplements are appropriate for you and your children)

for a sore throat, sinus problems and cough:
lemon, ginger and manuka honey in hot water 3-4 times a day
2 tbs apple cider vinegar with 1 tsp manuka honey 2 times/day
use neti pot with warm water and sea salt 2 times/day
use humidifiers in bedrooms at night infused with eucalyptus or peppermint oils
make your own vapour rub with almond oil and eucalyptus oil

We're all fighting an autumn cold at the moment so operation get well soon is in full effect. Last year I wrote the post Ten Natural and Homemade Recipes to Fight the Common Cold. Check it out if you're interested.

What else do you do to keep your family going while battling a cold?

Has anyone heard of seeing an acupuncturist quarterly, before the change of each season? I've heard of this and am very curious about it. Please enlighten me if you know anything about it!

xo m.


emily said...

Thanks for the timely post. Unfortunately, I've been struck with a change-of-seasons cold this time around. I'll try some of your suggestions!

Advice From A Caterpillar said...

Hope you feel better babe!!! it sucks being sick in the Spring!!! Lots of sleep and water and soup!!! and love!
xoAdvice From A Caterpillar Store

Advice From A Caterpillar said...

Ps. It's Sam and Cailli Beckerman writing from AdviceABCD.blogspot! We do their blog for them!!! Just so you know it's us makin' the comments!!! MWAH xoxo

Francesca said...

Yes, very timely post. My 8mo has his first cold and is not coping at all. I've thrown the baby Panadol out, it's not helping at all. I'm now determined to try something natural. Thank you!

Gaby said...

These are such good ideas, thanks Meagan! My husband has a terrible cold right now so i figure it won't be long until i'm suffering with him. Hope you guys feel better soon!

Alison Burkett said...

as always, your posts are inspiring and uplifting even though we're in opposite seasons! thank you for the integrity and commitment ~blessings

motherwho said...

Thanks Meagan, great post. Just a quick question - wondering what a neti pot is? xo

ecoMILF said...

@Motherwho LOL. OF course you are! I wrote a post about it a while ago:

Amazing little thing that will change your life as long as you use it! Sometimes I lapse and have to start getting into it again.

xo m.

rianz said...

Hi Meagan, my daughter (age 6) always gets a horrible cough this time of year. Raspy, dry, chesty but not phlegmy, at night time when she's asleep, it'll wake her up crying and she can't stop coughing or go back to sleep. In the past we were worried it was an allergy or asthma and tried all kinds of things the doctor prescribed us (including a puffer, ugh) to no avail. This year she had it for one night and I promptly took her off to our wonderful acupuncturist/chinese medicine man. He told me this season is associated with the lungs. 2 quick needles and some moxa and the cough hasn't been heard since! I think a quarterly acupuncture session is a great idea. I had an amazing guy in Sydney if you need a tip (Daniel Waldman at the Pain Relief Clinic in Darlinghurst, check out the website you'll see what I mean: We are now in the Blue Mountains and are lucky to have found someone just as amazing! love your blog. x

ecoMILF said...

Rianz- THank you so much! I was hoping someone might have some ideas about this and the fact that you can recommend someone in Sydney too! Will definitely look into it further. xo m.

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