I awoke this morning feeling as if I had cotton wool stuffed into every orifice of my head – ears blocked, nose blocked, cough, sneezes and throat sore……..Oh no the ‘dreaded head cold’! Now, we all get it and usually the first thing most people do is reach for the Lemsip or some other well-known brand of medication with cold and flu in the title. Which got me thinking about how do I and many like-minded people approach beating the bug. To be clear, I’m in no way advocating not going to see the Doctor when you’re not feeling well and I myself am not a Doctor nor a nutritionist. But I am a trained massage therapist, reiki level 2 practitioner, certified tea trainer, regularly practice meditation and yoga and have been studying holistic therapies for over twenty years and know what works for me. Our fabulous wellness coach Barry suggested that I write a blog about my natural approach which he thought would be good to share. Dr Hannah brought a whole other level to my self-treatment plan with a mind blowing chiropractic treatment easing and clearing the pressure in my ears and head – deepest thanks for your healing. So here we go - my top 5 tips for boosting your immune system and soothing those nasty cold symptoms the natural way.
1. Facial Self-Massage & Accupressure Points
Facial acupressure points to relieve sinus congestion/pressure and pain from www.accupressure.com
Rub a drop of your favourite carrier oil such a coconut or sweet almond and softly and slowly pinch around round base of jaw two or three times, this may be tender as 1-3 lymph nodes are located just beneath jaw (submandibular) and these may be swollen as the body’s immune system kicks in to fight off infection. With the tips of your fingers rub in clockwise circles around cheeks working upward towards temples then rub in figure eight movements to temple areas ten times. With both hands take your finger tips of index fingers and with soft pressure rub in an upward motion from the top of your
eyebrow to the hair line several times then across your forehead several times. This will help to ease facial tension and sinus pressure plus it just feels soothing.
There is a great acupressure website linked above where you can access further information concerning acupressure points. If you use the tips of your index fingers to gently with increasing pressure press on the pressure points as shown above for up to 3 minutes it will help to drain sinus area and ease pressure. There is also a distal pressure point located in the webbing between your thumb and index finger called the L14 – Hoku which can provide great relief to the nasal area.
Nothing like a shot to perk you up. I’m not gonna lie; this is not the greatest tasting or looking juice shot but boy does it work. Can add honey to add sweetness and aid your sore throat. Take daily to help fight off that cold.
1 inch peeled ginger – warming, antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory (not too much it can cause stomach irritation or heartburn if sensitive)
2 cloves peeled garlic – Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, potent antioxidant, relieve congestion
1 whole small lemon or ½ large lemon – Anti-inflammatory, Vit C
Handful of blueberries – Antioxidant, Vit C (max benefit by eating whole berries)
Handful of watercress – Nutrient dense source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants
3.Drink Warming Tea
Tea is a subject I could go on about, but just know that both black and green tea is full of polyphenols (antioxidants) is really good for the body and with the addition of fresh ginger, lemon and raw honey it’s calming for that sore throat, helps make a cough more productive and just gives you a warm hug from inside.
4. Warm Salt and Essential Oil Baths
That achy feeling and stuffed up head can be easily helped by running yourself a lovely deep bath of hot water, add 2 x cups of Epson Salts, Dead Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt (cheaply priced at HomeBargains) and add oils. Whilst the bath is running and steaming hot add the listed essential oils or just some calming lavender; allow the steam to fill your bathroom.
DO NOT GO IN THE SCALDING HOT WATER - just sit in the bathroom breathing deeply whilst water is cooling to allow the oils to work their healing. Almost like a homemade sauna but better because then you get to have a long warm soak to get further healing benefits.
My ‘Clear & Calm’ Bath Blend
1 Drop Black Pepper
4 Drops Camomile (Roman)
3 Drops TeaTree
4 Drops Lavender
Mix with 50ml Base Oil of Choice - Coconut/Olive/Sweet Almond Etc
Add To Bath as Running Hot Water
WARNING: Please keep children out of the way to avoid scalding risks, keep essential oils out of the reach of children and only use as directed, not for internal use. Please refer to www.botanical-online.com to view contraindications and learn more about the amazing healing properties of essential oils.
5. Sleep ...... Glorious Sleep
Believe me, after you’ve had a lovely hot essential oil sauna and warm soothing bath the only thing you’re going to want to do is get your comfy PJ’s on and snuggle down in bed. I like to pop on a healing meditation to lull me to sleep and speed up the healing process, mind over matter and all that jazz. Seriously, sleep is the best medicine you can give your body and it’s worth doing a little research online for yourself to just remind yourself of why good sleep is so vital to your overall health.
Wishing you happy Natural healing.