While growing up many of us often heard the saying; “dress warmly to avoid a cold!” This may sound like a myth, but it’s actually from an old-world point of view. If you get the sniffles and coughs during the wintertime, you’ve come to the right spot to help relieve your cold or seasonal allergies using a little traditional wisdom.
Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another post. In this article I offer tips on how to cope and feel better with battling a common cold or seasonal allergies in a natural way. If you’re like me living in a cold, wintery state you know the cringe feeling of seeing mountains of snow outside. It’s usually followed by sneezing, running nose, watery eyes, sinus pressure, fever, aches and pain, and worse of all – a sore throat. There’s often a stash of tissues in your pockets or handbag.
Science tells us that a “virus” causes the “common cold”. The common cold isn’t necessarily caused by a virus – but it’s basically your body responding to…being…well…cold!
Here’s the breakdown:
If you’re prone to having allergies, your body will find something to “sneeze” about – or to have an allergic reaction to. Allergies is the like the body’s way of complaining about the immediate environment you’re in. Allergies are an auto-immune disorder unfortunately, which means there is no cure.
It all begins with cold-air sensitivity in the nose. This is referred to as “rhinitis”. The nose is designed to stay warm and moist. When too much cold air enters the nose it begins to dry out the nose, causing it to become irritated, congested, and causes the sinus areas to become inflamed. Individuals with cold-air sensitivity may have lower ability to balance the water loss that happens during too much exposure of cold air.
The key to avoiding a common cold or seasonal, wintery allergies is to – avoid being outside in the cold! Of course this may be hard to do for many people in the new-age world with work, school and busy schedules. The new-age world can definitely take a toll on our health. The key is to go out if only necessary, and stay indoors as much as possible. I conducted this experiment and realized my severe colds reduced when I stayed indoors as much as possible, but only my natural allergens to pet dander and dust still remained. (My severe colds have harsher symptoms than allergies such as strong sore throat, heavy sinus pressure, bad aches and pain, and high fever.)
Old-age wisdom tells us to let a fever run its course. This is the body “heating up” to kill off potential bacteria as the immune system is weakened and to warm itself up again.
Exotic healing herbs, vegetables and fruits can be a challenge to purchase if not sold in nearby stores or markets. So, I gathered a list of I do to stay better during a winter cold below. I hope this works for you!
Foods & Drinks:
- Drink plenty of tea or hot chocolate. In the old-world tea was very popular because it’s a natural, herbal healer.
- Eat plenty of chicken soup and oatmeal. Adding ginger can help boost the immune system and regulate body temperature.
- Consume more raw honey, warm lemon water, apple cider vinegar and drink plenty of orange juice.
- Take longer, warmer showers. The steam will help decongest mucus and open pathways. You can also boil hot water with herbs to use as a humidifier.
- Exercise, especially at the first sign of a cold. Exercise allows blood to flow more freely and warms up the body.
- Get plenty of rest. Sleep is the best aid with battling a cold.
Other Natural Methods:
- Stay extra warm! Use a personal space heater fan. If you must go outside, be sure to wear extra layers of clothing and appropriate winter accessories. Be sure to cover your face, especially nose and throat, with thick warm fabrics.
- Add more supplements to your diet such as Zinc, Vitamin-C and garlic
If you are reading this while currently fighting a cold, I hope you get well soon! I hope this article was helpful with coping with the harsh symptoms. Until next time.