To help you this winter TotalWellnessClub have asked their wellness experts to share their natural remedies for colds.
It’s true. You can catch a cold at any time in the year, not just winter. Statistically though you are most likely to catch a cold somewhere between September and April.
Using natural remedies for colds can give you fast relief. This article explores how this is possible. It also shares how you can avoid colds in the first place.
Why would you use natural remedies for colds?
Traditionally, we reach for cold medicines when we’re not well. For the body though this means dealing with the effects of a cold while simultaneously dealing with the side-effects of medicine.
Natural remedies for colds will have little or no side-effect on the body, since nothing artificial is being added to your body.
How a cold occurs?
You can catch a cold through your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus spreads through droplets in the air when someone who has the virus sneezes, coughs or talks.
You are more susceptible to colds if your body is under stress in some way. Stresses on the body cause the immune system to weaken. This can happen through stress at work or in the home. Other stresses on the immune system can include alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. A poor diet can also stress your immune system.
How many colds will you catch this year?
In a family, with children in school, the average number of colds per child is as high as 12 per year – one per month. With adults the average is between 2 to 4 colds a year – a cold every 3 to 6 months.
Cold symptoms can be pretty horrid ranging from:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Slight fever
A cold will usually start a couple of days after you’ve been exposed to the virus. People with colds are most contagious for the first 3 or 4 days after the symptoms begin and can be contagious for up to 3 weeks.
Although some colds can linger for as long as 2 weeks, most clear up within a week.
Colds can mean loss of sleep and loss of work pay. They can make you irritable and have you underperform and make you feel negative and unresourceful.
For those who catch colds regularly it can feel like you have just got over one cold, only to catch another.
What are the natural remedies for colds?
A natural remedy can be defined as “medicinal products where the active ingredient is of natural origin and consists of an animal part, a bacterial culture, a mineral or a salt.”
Basically, it’s not synthetic or man-made.
Some natural remedies for colds don’t even include ingesting anything.
Natural remedies for colds with ingesting anything as given by wellness experts
When TotalWellnessClub asked wellness professionals there natural remedies for colds several suggested natural remedies for colds that didn’t even require taking anything.
Ed Ley, summed it up quite simply, “Sleep.”
Samantha Rock Cooper said, “Reiki or meditation.”
Steve Denby added, “Do not resist the illness. Accept it fully in the presence of now. Your less resistant mind will generate less resistance in your body which will start to create a better environment internally for the healing process to truly work.”
Another natural therapy suggested by Hilda Kalap is Eden Energy Medicine.
TotalWellnessClub’s Neil Fellowes adds, “A cold is the body telling you something is wrong. It’s a chance to give it some TLC.”
Natural remedies requiring ingestion as given by wellness experts
Other good advice is to stay hydrated. Many wellness experts also suggest drinking lemon and ginger. Propollis, bee pollen, is another strong recommendation for cold relief as it may speed up recovery or help avoid the onset of the cold, if treated when the first symptoms show.
Prevention is better than cure
While it’s good to have cures, prevention is better. The question is then, how do you stop a cold in the first place?
The answer to this lays in avoiding stress, especially when you have been in the company of someone with a cold or sense the symptoms setting in.
To avoid a cold the best advice includes:
- Avoid becoming stressed
- Avoid alcohol, smoking or drugs
- Avoid mucus creating foods like cheese and dairy
- Makes sure you get to bed in good time
- Reduce physical exercise like HIIT or cardio to something less fatiguing like yoga
- Reduce physical work
- Allow yourself extra time for everything so you don’t feel rushed
- Say “no” to extra tasks
- If it’s possible, go for a gentle walk in the sun
- Take a few deep breaths every hour
- Drink plenty of water
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