It is still very much winter, just ask anyone in the mid-Atlantic states, where record amounts of snow have fallen this year. It even snowed in Florida! The groundhog, it seems, wasn’t kidding when he predicted six more weeks of winter.
The question of how to treat a cold comes up frequently at our Weleda pharmacy this time of the year. My advice depends on the particular complaint and symptoms.* In general, I recommend staying warm, getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of fluids (try horsetail tea, which supports the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins). It also helps to support the immune system with Echinadoron** at the onset of symptoms. Echinadoron is a Weleda supplement containing echinacea, chamomile and calendula that promotes well-being and helps your immune system fight off those pesky colds.
Often patients with a cold complain about an inflamed, sore throat and sometimes difficulty swallowing. In that case, I find Cinnabar Compound, a one of our homeopathic medicines for sore throats, very helpful. Ferrum Phosphoricum 6X, which is indicated for colds and flu, is also very beneficial. These non-drowsy tablets provide relief from nasal congestion and throat irritation, while supporting your body's natural defenses. Having grown up in Europe, I am very fond of household remedies, so I also recommend gargling frequently with a lukewarm saltwater solution. Unlike OTC cold- and flu-fighting methods that mostly mask symptoms, homeopathic remedies support the body’s ability to heal itself—a more natural approach to wellness.
One household remedy for stuffy noses is a pot of hot water with a handful of chamomile flowers. Try covering your head with a towel and inhale the steam from the water/chamomile mixture for at least five minutes. For coughs, the very same procedure applies, only instead of chamomile flowers, use sea salt. It may sound strange, but it will help. If you have a fever or body aches, though, you may be dealing with the flu. In that case, it’s imperative to consult a doctor to avoid possible complications like dehydration or pneumonia.
What about you? What are some of the household remedies you use to beat a cold?
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*This blog is not intended to serve as medical advice. Only your doctor can give you medical advice.
**This statement has not been evaluated by FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease.