Eat This, Cure That: Colds & Flu


Eat This, Cure That: Colds & Flu

When the familiar symptoms start showing up: a runny nose, cough, congestion, headaches, an achy body and possibly even a fever, you know you’ve got a cold or the flu.

All these symptoms are a sign your precious + intelligent body is detoxing for you.

As we tune into the fact that our bodies are working on our behalf to make us well, we begin to prioritize the need to listen to our body’s subtle energy and participate in our own healing process instead of suppressing symptoms.

Our bodies and minds are so intelligent that even science doesn’t have them all figured out yet, so why wouldn’t we want to listen to them, cooperate with them and take heed of the signs and symptoms they show us?

This is what living in alignment with yourself and your purpose looks like on a day-to-day basis — deep listening and acting from a place of connectedness with your inner wisdom.

I know it can seem enticing to reach for what’s familiar when you’re under the weather so that you can get quick relief and keep your life going at its regular pace, especially when you have to work or take care of a family.

But over time working against your body’s wisdom catches up with you in the form of aging more quickly, stress, burnout, more sickness and sometimes even disease, which is even more of a detriment to what’s important to you.

You’ll empower yourself and teach your entire family a powerful lesson through example if you learn to approach symptoms holistically before going to the drugstore.

Instead, let your kitchen become your pharmacy.

And when it comes to a cold or the flu, you likely already have one of the most healing ayurvedic remedies on hand: fresh ginger.

People from India and China have been using ginger for more than 2,000 years to help heal colds and the flu because it’s an antihistamine and a decongestant. It warms the lungs, thins mucus, relieves pain and has an overall calming effect on our system.

Here are two simple home remedies that use ginger to greatly relieve cold symptoms and speed up recovery:

Note: Don't combine ginger and Asprin. They're both blood thinners and should not be taken together.

More Natural Remedies

  • For a cold with cough and congestion mix 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey. Eat this mixture 2 or 3 times a day.
  • For the flu, make tulsi (holy basil) tea.
  • Turmeric is a great spice to add to your teas or meals.

General Ayurvedic Healing Recommendations

VITAMIN C - Take it. It helps recovery.

WARM WATER - Sipping on warm water throughout the day helps remove toxins from the body.

NASAL LUBE - Put some liquefied ghee or sesame oil and a drop of peppermint extract in each nostril in the morning and evening. This will keep the nasal passages lubricated and relieve any irritation.

NO DAIRY - Avoid dairy at all costs. Yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, eggs....they all add to your congestion and make the body work overtime to heal.

REST - Be sure to get lots of rest because it's a vital component of your healing process. If you feel tired, allow yourself to take a nap, read a book or relax.

MILD EXERCISE ONLY - Ayurveda says it's best not take part in vigorous exercise while under the weather with a cold or the flu. It can move the dis-ease conditions into the chest. If you feel like moving your body, do some gentle yoga or stretching. Shoulder stands (held for only 1 minute), headstands (held for only 1 minute) and forward bends help to prevent postnasal drip and help to drain the mucus through the nose.

STEAM IT OUT - Head to a steam room if you have access to one. This is like heaven! Otherwise, boil 1 teaspoon ginger or a few eucalyptus leaves in a pint of water. Turn off the stove. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam. This will relieve congestion and leave you feeling much better. If you're working with the bare minimum, just plain old steam with no herbs will be beneficial, too.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

:: Do you have any go-to cold or flu remedies?
:: Any healing wisdom that’s made an impact on you or your family that you want to share?

Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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