Building up immunity and treating the common cough / cold naturally
by Amanda Clifford
It’s that time of year again, the changes in the temperature and weather often sparks an influx of cough and cold type symptoms. In truth, it’s actually a good immune response to have a cold every now and again. A way for the body to naturally detox. Obviously if it’s a regular occurrence and not shifting, then you need to address it by seeing your GP.
Here are some ways you can build your immune system naturally.
Getting regular sunshine, even in the winter months. We need Vitamin D. It helps the immune system stay strong. At least 30 minutes a day is required and preferably more. Some form of Exercise is important. It produces good endorphins which helps keep us healthy.
Eat nutritious meals, avoiding processed foods as much as possible. This time of the year, soups and stews are a wonderful way of getting our vitamins and minerals whilst warming us up. Keep up with the fruit intake. Preparing juices and smoothies at home are an easy way of getting just what your body needs.
Make sure you get enough sleep and drink lots of water. 6-8 glasses. We tend to drink less water in the colder months, but we can opt for hot water instead.
Try and sort out any stressful situations. Burying your head and not tackling what needs to be addressed adds emotional stress on the body which in turn is known to lower the immune system, hence making you more susceptible to being ill. Remember to do things that make you happy! Laughter as they say is the best medicine and I feel there is definitely something in this!
If you are suffering with a cold. Here’s some practical advice that can help you.
Rest. Listen to your body. We all push ourselves, rather than tuning in and taking the time we need to properly recover.
Drink plenty of fluids. Hot water and lemon will also help. Opt for herbal teas rather than too much caffeinated coffee or tea. Reducing your intake of milk and certain dairy products will reduce the mucous that forms naturally, especially in those who are sensitive to dairy.
Eat fermented healthy foods that are naturally good for gut health such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir which help keep gut flora in balance and healthy.
You may find taking Echinacea or Oregano Oil very helpful in building your immunity. Lemon too is fantastic at increasing our ph and a great all rounder.
Garlic is so beneficial for treating sore throats and infections, a natural antibiotic without any of the side effects.
Cayenne Pepper, turmeric and cinnamon are all good options to take which will also help with any cold symptoms. Adding fresh ginger to a cup of warm water and allowing it to infuse with the juice of half a lemon, some local honey and your preferred spice is the perfect hot drink to soothe. Organic Rosehip Tea, or Eldeberry Tincture has so many beneficial qualities.
Essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus are also very effective. Adding a few drops to a bowl of hot water and covering your head with a towel to ingest the healing qualities is a great decongestant. Just please be careful not to burn yourself. Also be aware that some people do have allergies to these essential oils. So always follow the instructions on the bottle.
Treating yourself and your loved ones with homeopathy for simple every day acute problems is easy. I run Introduction to Homeopathy courses regularly which empower you to treat your family in a safe and effective way.
With homeopathy, less is more. You give a remedy which best fits the symptoms at hand. Give 1 pill. If after 3-4 doses there is no improvement. Then re-asses the symptoms and look for a natural remedy that fits better. I am available for acute advice daily, Mon – Fri between 9 am – 10 am. Tel – 07414 802826.
Allow the remedy to melt gently on the tongue. Try not to eat or drink for 15 minutes before and after taking the remedy.
Here are some common homeopathic remedies that may help.
Aconite – Sudden onset, early stages and usually brought on by exposure to a cold wind.
Arsenicum Album – A streaming cold with burning discharge from the eyes and nose. Restless, anxious and chilly.
Bryonia – A painful cough, felt in the head and chest. Must hold the head or chest when coughing. Dry cough.
Gelsemium – A cold flu-like symptoms, with aching, trembling and a heavy dull head.
Kali Bich – Stringy and tough catarrh. Violent sneezing with stubborn congestion and a ropy, stringy or sticky discharge. All symptoms are better for heat.
Phosphorus – Outgoing, expressive people who require reassurance. Can be prone to nosebleeds and symptoms can start from a change in the weather or from moving in and out of heat or cold. Cough can be tickly and sometimes a burning sensation in the chest whilst coughing.
Pulsatilla – Colds that thicken leaving nostrils blocked. Discharge is usually yellow/green. Sticky eyes. Clingy. Weepy.
As with all illnesses, if you are concerned, contact your local GP or out of hours service for advice.
Amanda Clifford is a Natural Health Practitioner and Homeopath. She runs a busy practice in Pembrokeshire and is also available for online consultations via Skype.
She says , “Homeopathy is all about getting to the root cause following ancient principles that have a proven track record working with the bodies own healing mechanism… It’s why I absolutely love the process of using energetic medicine. Safe, gentle yet very powerful. Suitable for all ages, from conception, pregnancy and birth to end of life. Treating Acute Illness and first aid to chronic illness, whether it’s physical, emotional, spiritual… All encompassing individual treatment. ”
Contact Amanda on 07414802826
Acute clinic via telephone is available, Mon – Fri from 9am -10am – 07414 802826.