Summer…ahhh or (ARGGHHH), depending on how you look at it. While on some level it seems inevitable due in part to the parties, the irregular hours, the schedules, the travel, the diets, the camps and the camping, a summer cold can really put a kink in your plans. Here are my favorite tips to help resolve that pesky summer cold in a couple days instead of a couple weeks.
- Acupuncture – helps activate and support the immune system as well as prevent secondary infections (the most common being sinus, ear and respiratory infections).
- Herbal Medicine – my favorite go to formula for colds/flus is Jing Fang Bai Du San. I always keep a bottle on hand to take as soon as I get the first whisper of a cold, or even if someone around me (perhaps a certain toddler) is sick. Of course, working with an herbalist will help you find just the right formula.
- Magnesium + Sea Salt + Essential Oil Baths – this tip embraces the diaphoretic technique aka “sweat it out.” Just draw a really hot bath and toss in a nice handful full of sea salts and magnesium salts, then add a few drops of essential oils such as lemon, lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint. Soak in the water for 15-20 minutes, then wrap up in something warm and let the sweat do its thing.
- Cupping – I was lucky enough recently to have some cupping done following a hot bath and it made all the difference; sometimes just cupping is enough to avoid the cold altogether.
- Gua Sha – I have found this to be invaluable, especially for people prone to sinus infections. Use the back of a spoon or gut she tool (I love using my jade heart) to massage (scrape) alongside the nose, the cheeks, the eyebrow and the forehead.
- Herbal Tea – every mom, dad and doctor will tell you the same thing: the key to getting better and feeling better is staying hydrated. I know I must sound like a broken record about this one since I overheard my daughter telling one of her stuffed animals who had caught a cold, “the most important thing when we are sick is to STAY HYDRATED, now let me make you some tea.” My favorites are ginger, peppermint, throat coat and cold care.
- Wellness Tonic – I make this with fresh ginger and lemon, apple cider vinegar, honey and a pinch of pink salt. I make a big batch in the morning in my French press, add boiling water and drink it throughout the day either at room temperature or with some additional boiling water to heat it up.
- Cold Calm – is homeopathic formula that works great for adults and kids.
- Nasal Rinsing – I recommend that most people do this regularly even when they are well as a cold/flu preventative and at least twice a day during a cold or allergies. I like using my Xlear Sinus Rinse, but you can also use the nasal spray or even a Neti Pot.
- REST – no matter how hard it seems to slow down and rest, if you don’t give yourself a bit of a time out to get well you might be looking at weeks or even months of recovery.
I will follow up this post with another about nutrition and supplements during colds/flus but for now suffice it to say Bone Broth. While remedies are safe for both kids and adults, I always recommend consulting with or working under the guidance of licensed acupuncturist or health care professional to determine the safest and most effective treatment for you or your child.