Ewesletter Sep 04

News for the Nose:

12 things you can do to minimize symptoms of colds & flu.

Dear Readers:

Welcome to the latest issue of the Homespunspa e-newsletter. Although I'm not a medical doctor and do not claim any expert status, I offer these tips to you as mere suggestions for staying flu-free this autumn.

1) Take Vitamin C tablets:

By now everybody knows taking Vitamin C defends the system against colds, but it's worth repeating. I like drinking orange juice and crunching on the citrus-flavoured chewable Vitamin C tablets myself, but the sunshine vitamin can be found in many sources.

2) Take Echinacea capsules or tea:

Antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial Echinacea boosts the immune system which helps prevent the onset of colds.

3) Dissolve Zinc lozenges in your mouth at onset of a cough:

Zinc offers some protection against cough and cold symptoms and has been shown in some studies to shorten the span of a cold virus.

4) Eat more garlic if you feel a cold coming on:

Personally, I like to chop up some fresh garlic, sprinkle it on a piece of bread with some cheese and melt them all together to scare colds away.

5) Get a flu shot early:

Flu shots work and October is a great month to get this activity checked off your to-do list.

6) Wash your hands regularly:

Washing your hands keeps germs from jumping from one surface to another and therefore from spreading unnecessarily.

7) Exercise then sit in a sauna or steam room. Or take a hot shower:

Exercising and breaking a sweat helps release germs from the body. I know exercising is the last thing you want to do when you're feeling under the weather, but it might help reduce the duration of the cold.

8) Drink lots of liquids and eat a bowl of soothing chicken noodle soup:

Although simply tasting chicken soup is comforting for many, studies have shown that the electrolytes in this particular soup offer great healing benefits for those who are recuperating from the flu.

9) Use antiseptic essential oil room sprays:

To make a room spray, find a clean bottle with a spray closure. Add your choice of essential oils (about 10 drops), fill to the shoulder with water and spray around to disinfect a room and to help respiration. Try using essential oils of: basil, black pepper, cajeput, cedarwood, eucalyptus, ginger, grapefruit, marjoram, orange, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree or thyme.

10) Keep your feet dry:

I've noticed in the past, that if I get my feet wet (like from playing football in the snow for a few hours), the odds of my catching a cold increases. So if your feet get wet, change your socks, quick.

11) Think healthy thoughts:

In this Ewesletter, I've deliberately tried to use words that encourage a healthy mind set. The words you say to yourself and outloud play a big part in your day to day health.

12) Sleep:

Can I get through a Homespunspa, recipes for sleep and beauty, Ewesletter without mentioning sleeping? Getting enough sleep helps strengthen the immune system and all in all, establishing a regular sleep routine is a good idea.

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