My favourite, natural ways to heal a cold
Cold and Flu season is here – at least it is in Australia. My husband keeps bringing things home from work. (Side note if you are sick and work in an office don’t be a martyr, stay at home and heal please!)
Now throw in a toddler who puts everything in her mouth and day care germs and you’ve got a lovely petri dish for all things viral.
Today I want to share some really practice tips with you to support you and your family through winter. These are all tried and tested tips that I use often to help myself, hubby and our little one to heal when we are run down.
You will most likely know of a few of these, or maybe you’ve forgotten to implement them daily. I hope either way you print this and keep it on file.
Dry coughs respond really well to fresh THYME TEA. Simply simmer on the stove for 5-10 minutes. Strain, serve with lemon and honey and drink up.
Try also THYME ESSENTIAL OIL mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed onto the soles of the feet and chest (safe for children too!) Thyme is a natural expectorant – meaning it helps to break down and loosen up mucus so you can cough it up. Niiiiicee.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT OR GLYCETRACT comes in a liquid form from your naturopath or local health dispensary (e.g About Life in Sydney does this). It’s a mucilage which means it helps to break down mucuous and release it – which is vital when trying to heal and clear a cough.
ONION is renowned for having its own super powers in that it can draw out toxins and bacteria that are airborne. When anyone is my family is really struggling with a cough I’ll place a peeled, halved white or brown onion in a bowl by the bedside. Yes it smells (but the diffuser going all night usually covers the smell) but it works wonders.
You can also use onion in your own homemade cough syrup – there are plenty of recipes online but my favourite uses Olive Oil, Onion, Honey, Thyme, Garlic. It’s potent and it works!
A good respiratory essential oil blend that features eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree like doTERRA’s EASY AIR is a fantastic way to open up the airways to encourage breathing. It’s like vapo-rub but yummier and is diffused in my daughters room all night (with a drop of lavender for restful sleep)
Snotty-One or the Nose Frida are an absolutely must-have for little kids that can’t blow their nose. It helps to ‘suck’ the snot (lovely) out of their nose preventing upper respiratory infections, ear infections and challenged breathing which happens when we can’t blow or clear our nose!)
Neti Pot Cleansing is phenomenal for clearing the airways and unblocking the nasal passages. You’ll need a net pot to do this but the basic recipe is: 500 mls boiled water (allow it to cool to lukewarm before you use it) with 1 flat tsp of Himalayan salt dissolved in it. One drop of Pure Tea Tree Oil will also do wonders at killing any bugs and bacteria living in your nasal passage as well! That is enough water to cleanse from both nostrils.
Colds, Sore Throats
When i feel myself coming down with a cold or a sore throat is building I will take Manuka Honey with 1 drop of doTERRA’s ON GUARD (protective blend that features cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, close bud, wild orange) three times a day.
Also safe for little children to take as well. Massaging On Guard into the soles of feet, throat and spine with a carrier oil is also a great immune booster.
Freshly squeezed lemon + ACV + 1 tsp of coconut oil in warm water also helps to build your immune system, cleanse and detox your system as well. Coconut Oil is anti-bacterial and a natural anti-biotic. And ACV fights bacteria amongst thousands of other things.
Two weeks ago I was most certainly a day or so away from tonsillitis. I was in bed by 5pm and struggling to talk due to my swollen, sore throat. I did the above as well as gargle LEMON and OREGANO Essential Oil. I also took a few doses of Vitamin C, Arma Force (from BioCeuticals, this stuff is amazing!) and Zinc and the next day I was 95% back to health. That’s pretty impressive!
I hope these little tips help you throughout the cold and flu season to support yourself and your family naturally. There are so many other things we can do to boost our immune system (like meditation, EFT, exercise, clean eating, regular detoxing, avoiding alcohol etc!) but at least you can set yourself up with a natural ‘medicine’ cabinet ready to tackle the bugs when they show face!
Love + light to you,
P.s If you want to learn MORE about Essential Oils for yourself and your family please email me. I’m now including Essential Oils in my offering to my clients and tribe and after years of personal use and months of study I would love to support you to harness the power of mother nature for your own wellbeing.