Getting a cold or worse still – Have you got a cold?
Like any illness – we can curse it and take a pill to suppress it and carry on – or use our illness as a messenger – why am I getting a cold? What is out of balance in myself? And look at how we can best nurture ourselves to overcome it quickly and restore our health.
I know when I get a cold, stress and tiredness are usually precursors. My body is tired and run down so I pick up infections easily.
It is important to let ourselves rest. When we are not giving our body a break, we are inviting a virus. It is about getting ourselves back into balance to get rid of the cause – stress and tiredness to start with. I know getting a cold is my body’s way of telling me to slow down – and looking at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels in a holistic approach. Taking a pill and carrying on is doing our already depleted body no favours. Taking time out to sleep, rest, eat well and build our body up again.
Ayurvedically being healthy is keeping in balance so we have freedom from the cause of disease. So if we are getting a cold, first we need to look at our diet. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast and lunch as the main meal with smaller dinner means we don’t go off to bed with a full stomach and expect our body to digest it when we should be getting restorative sleep.
Into bed by 9pm or 10 at the latest to get restorative sleep. We need lots more sleep to amp up our immune system.
Because we are getting a cold, we rest. We need to warm up too – there is a cold energy in the body so we need to counteract with warming energy. Avoid eating anything cold, such as iced drinks and food from the fridge. Avoid dairy – milk, cheese, yoghurt – this increases mucous in the body. Go for herbal teas, hot water and soups and warm nourishing food. Wholesome soups are great.
Keep your house warm. Wear warm clothes.
Introduce heat into the body with a foot bath. The feet transmit heat from the water to your body. A choice of essential oils in the footbath might be eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, lemon, thyme, marjoram rosemary, basil and peppermint. These inhibit a cold virus and clear sinuses by relieving inflammation and congestion.
Mini sauna / inhalationPlace 5 drops of eucalyptus oil or one of the others above in 3 cups simmering water and drape towel over head to collect steam in your mini sauna. Take deep breaths in your nose and come out for air every 2 mins or so.
Have a steamy bath with 3 drops of eucalyptus, lavender and ginger oil in it.
A small jar with a secure lid and ¼ teaspoon of coarse salt and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil inside is good for inhaling the scent through the day. (The salt absorbs the oil so it doesn’t leak).
Try these ancient ayurvedic remedies:
Dr Rama Prasad’s Flu Away Chai
A great remedy for cold, flu, sinus, sore throat or low energy. Within half a day you will feel fantastic and within 2 days the congestion is gone. It’s good for preventative when the weather is cold and damp also.
Put all ingredients in thermos flask for 2 hours and drink regularly for 3 to 5 days or until flu symptoms have subsided.
20 basil leaves (or dried if you do not have any fresh basil)
2.5 cm of fresh ginger grated
1 tsp black pepper crushed
2 tbsps rice syrup or maple syrup or unrefined sugar
1 litre boiling water
Your choice of:
5 crushed cardamon pods
½ crushed cinnamon quill
5 cm lemongrass crushed
½ tsp black cumin seeds crushed
Dr Shaun Matthew’s Cold Remedy
Boil all ingredients for 5 minutes and then drink ¼ cup up to 3 times a day, warmed, until symptoms subside.
½ tsp dried ginger powder
4 whole cloves
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tsp black pepper
2 tps coriander powder
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