Nobody enjoys cold season. It gets in the way of well basically feeling human. You can’t even enjoy cake, because your head is so stuffy that you can’t taste it. Your husband looks at you like you have turned into a lovable germ monster. When your cat sneezes, you Google to make sure you haven’t made him sick or worse you caught his cold (fyi, Google says it isn’t possible). A year or two ago, I decided to ditch over the counter medicine and instead opt for the holistic approach. Luckily, I only (knock on wood) get a cold once a year. Unluckily, when it comes it comes with a vengeance. The past week, my head has been held prisoner of either a sinus infection or seasonal cold. Here are some tips that have helped me survive.
In all honesty, the idea of doing a downward dog was enough to make me feel like my days were outnumbered. So I skipped my vinyasa practice and any form of exercise except walking. Instead, I replaced my normal yoga with some yoga to help with my cold. The moments I had energy, I threw in some chest openers through standing in lunges and warrior 1. However, for the most part I stuck to two restorative poses to help my head open up, literally.
First one was laying on my mat on my back, laying on yoga bolster (pillow) under my chest and some extra pillows for head support. Letting my arms rest horizontally on my sides and my legs either making a triangle shape or just laying ahead. Basically my chest was elevated. Laying there for about 5 minutes, it opens up the chest and any erm stuff that is in your body, breaks up or loosens.
Then I head in to my second pose, which is literally leaning forward resting my head on a pillow while my legs are in triangle. Or alternatively, stand and let your head hang between your legs as you hold on to your elbows. This will literally let all the stuff you broke up from the first pose, flow to your head/nose. Also hold this position for a few minutes.
Once you are done, blow your nose like there is no tomorrow as you will be surprised at how much is coming out.
Whether you are a juice drinker or not. When sick, you need as much vitamin C as possible. So go straight to the source and create a vitamin juice.
- Juice of one orange
- Juice of one blood orange (a type of orange that is red/orange)
- Juice of one grapefruit
- Juice of half lemon
- 1 tsp turmeric (Curcumin in Europe)
This juice is great as it adds a variety of vitamins and antioxidants from the different types of citrus family fruits. Plus brings a nice color from the mix of pinks,lemons and orange. The turmeric is a nice kick and added benefit as turmeric offers a handful of health benefits, especially as it is an anti-inflammatory.
Of course, no illness is complete without a hot drink
- Hot water
- Fresh Ginger
- Half of lemon
- 1 tsp honey
A classic. The lemon will help any throat and the honey helps break down anything that is in your throat. The drink is more soothing than anything.
Essential oils are still a new world to me. However, there are some must haves when sick.
- Peppermint oil-> a drop on each of your head temples offer a cooling effect of relief if you have a congested head or have a headache
- Eucalyptus oil-> Diffuse a few drops in a diffuser to fill the room of the smell and it helps breathing become a little bit easier
- Make a homemade “Thieves/OnGaurd” remedy-> Every oil brand has their own version of an oil mixture that is said to help with just about everything. But it is so easy to make your own and it is nice to spread a few drops on the bottom of your feet (many pressure points are there!) and also your chest. Basically mix essential oils such as Eucalyptus, lavender, orange, cinnamon, rosemary, clove and mix it with bio-oil (the oil for stretch marks) or coconut oil.
- Head to your nature pharmacy and pick up a mixture of sinus oil drops for your water. It is especially for sinuses. It is a mixture of thyme, black berries, Luffa and Elder. Important to note, that whilst it sounds simple to make, I wouldn’t make it! It is important that the oils you drink are approved to be consumed and not all oils are.
Hot steam showers, of course, help and are soothing. But also, take a towel and soak it in hot water. Rub vapor rub (or tiger balm) all over it and place the towel under your nose and over your mouth as you lay down. Breath in the towel. It should help open up some breathing airways. Do this for several minutes.
These are some of my remedies I have been trying the past week. I wish everyone an easy and hopeful cold season!
There are so many home remedies out there. I am curious what remedies you try? Relate, share and send only positive vibes!