I'd also love to say I look as glamorous as my photo above, but if I tell you I just cleared the aisle of people in Collingham Co-op earlier, you might be able to conjure up an image that may come slightly closer to how I really look in person right now.
Firstly, sorry I'm getting way ahead of myself...
How did you get on with yesterday's challenge of "Pennies from heaven"?
Well I think the universe missed the memo in my case, as i've not spotted one, mind you I've not been anywhere and when I did pop to the shop... well its was like a parting of the seas, as women and children threw themselves out of my way of my runny nose and sneezes!
I guess the universe works in mysterious ways and will allow the pennies to manifest when I'm back on form. I'll keep you posted.
So back to today and my empathy with her Maj!
Bless her heart, I can quite understand why she's given the whole Christmas and New Year ceremonies a miss, at 90 this nasty cold can really knock you right off your feet I'm sure.
Thankfully I have some natural remedies up my sleeve, they may not be curing my runny nose, but they are most certainly taking the edge off the symptoms.
I myself, just like the royals in fact, am a fan of homeopathic remedies, not only do I have a huge passion and interest myself, I also have my own homeopath Wendy Jackson who is the most amazing therapist. I also am blessed to be surrounded by lots of other therapy colleagues, I'll mention Sue McFarlane ( Nutritional & Massage therapist ) and Sunita Passi (Ayurvedic therapist ) here as well for reference, with thanks for tips on everything from chewing raw garlic... yes really ( thanks for that one Sue) and Turmeric a traditional Ayurvedic herb for the cold and flu season. As well as Chris Millbank for his suggestion of a Vitamin C detox flush!
With the numerous posts and suggestions I've received, I thought today I would share some of the top tips for treating colds and flu naturally with the help and advice of not only my own toolkit but the great advice of my therapy colleagues!
So firstly how about some key homeopathic remedies:
When the attack comes on suddenly after an exposure to a cold, dry wind, with chilliness, followed by fever, Aconite will be the remedy.
is especially useful in winter colds where there is a thin, watery discharge from the nostrils which makes the upper lip sore, yet inspite of this fluent discharge the nose feels bunged up. There is a dull, throbbing frontal headache and sneezing.
One of our best remedies for a head cold The discharge is profuse, thin and acrid, with great smarting in the nose and eyes.
Here the upper part only of the respiratory mucous membrane is affected. Like Allium cepa it has a copious, fluent discharge from nose.
A great remedy for colds with flu-like symptoms of chills and aching.
And how about some natural remedies:
Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. There are many Manuka honey uses that range from healing sore throats to curing Staph infections.
Is an all round health boosting herb.Raw garlic can also be added to honey water. Honey has both antibiotic and antiviral properties. Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to 6-8 ounces of water and stir. Or if you're really brave chew it raw as suggested by Sue.
A cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder can fight flu, colds and cough. In Indian cuisine, turmeric, ginger and garlic are added to most recipes to fight against infections during the fu season or simply to warm the body. Turmeric is considered a natural antibiotic in Ayurvedic medicine.
That's just a snap shot of some of the great advice and tips I've been given, along with healing vibes, Reiki and virtual hugs.... and an offer to host the WiRE Notts group for me this evening by my good friend Jill Brown, I am now able to rest up and heal!
I am truly blessed.