3 Remedies To End February Germ Invasion

by | Feb 24, 2016 | Ayurveda, New this month

Seems the world has been taken over by colds, flu’s and strep throats.

Due to this overwhelming germ invasion, I decided to cut Matters of The Heart series short (we can always come back to interesting things like “ is cardio really healthy for my cardio vascular system?”) and focus on getting the snot out the door.

Here is a collection of proven – trusted, homemade remedies for all this upper respiratory un-rest (no, I didn’t concoct them myself – these come from Ayurvedic and Aromatherapy experts):

Aromatic Throat Gargle (from Chrissy Wildwood):

1 cup warm filtered water
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
½ tsp honey

Put the cider vinegar into a teacup, then stir in the essential oils. Top up with warm water and stir in the honey. Use 2 – 3 times daily.
Note* I usually avoid honey and the gargle is still quite lovely+helpful without it.

Turmeric Tea (from the Chopra Center)

1 tsp of turmeric
1 cup of boiling water

Add boiling water to turmeric; you may wish to add a squeeze of lemon or some honey to taste. Turmeric has antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, and anti -inflammatory qualities.

Fenugreek Tea (from my years working at the Health Food store)

1 tsp of fenugreek seeds (can be purchased in bulk for health food stores)
1 cup of boiling water

Add boiling water to fenugreek seeds and steep for no longer than 5 minutes (the tea will become quite bitter after that). This tea is excellent for sinus congestion/ pain.

Finally, here is an introduction to a neti practice – a rather excellent way to dispel any nasal trouble brewing. And it is not that bad – I promise!

Neti pot

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Living with chronic pain has taught me to look for solutions in unlikely places –  places where most people see only problems.

Over the years I’ve gotten to be pretty good at this problem-solving and silver-lining finding thing.

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