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!