It’s that time of year when colds and coughs are rife. Some people feel that if they have a cold it is just a case of waiting for it to pass. I feel, however, that it is worth paying attention to because it can lead to other problems.
The minute one feels a cold coming on, I recommend taking half a glass of hot water with the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoonful of honey, and 20 drops or Echinaforce, a remedy traditionally used by herbalists to support immune function. Some Vitamin C supplementation is also advised. This combination usually works wonders and makes sure that everything is under control as quickly as possible.
A cold is a natural way for the body to eliminate natural waste material. It is important, therefore, to look at our daily food intake and try to avoid the foods which aggravate the mucous membranes and form catarrh. It is well known that faulty nutrition aggravates catarrhal conditions. It is best to avoid dairy products such as cow’s milk and cheese as much as possible. Also, avoid white sugar and white flour, especially white flour products that contain a relatively high proportion of starch and have a reduced fibre content.
Another aspect that should be considered with colds and catarrhal conditions is the blood circulation. Our forebears were not so daft when they said that cold and frosty weather would kill off germs. There is a lot of wisdom in getting out into the fresh air, especially on a clear, sunny and frosty day. Not only does this provide our quota of oxygen, but the breathing and pumping of oxygen through the bloodstream will remove some of the waste material.
Lack of physical exercise can be another factor contributing to catarrh. I often wonder when I consider the increase in bronchial and asthmatic problems whether it might partly be due to lack of exercise, as the symptoms often to hand in hand with poor circulation. We often see that the lymphatics, which have an important function in maintaining good health, will work more effectively when circulation can take place unhindered.
When dealing with catarrh and other cold-related problems, it is often a question of common sense. It cannot be overstated that ignoring such symptoms will never do. Over the years I have seen so many problems that have been caused by people ignoring the early warning signs. By considering a natural approach to the problem and encouraging it to work its way out of the system, rather than suppressing it, we can benefit.
Seasonings such as cayenne, onions and garlic are always helpful for this time of year. The use of garlic goes back to ancient Egyptian times and it has become well known as a treatment for colds and flu. To my mind it is always best to use fresh garlic but for those who are concerned about the characteristic taste and smell, there are garlic capsules that are free of this.
As always, prevention is better than cure, so during the winter I always take 20 drops of Echinaforce in a little water, twice a day, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’ve never had a debilitating cold or flu.
So, thanks to Jan we know that avoiding dairy products can help to alleviate some of the discomfort caused by colds, and that getting a breath of fresh air can help the body to eliminate some of those nasty germs! Like Jan, many people take a daily dose of Echinaforce as a preventative measure, or at the first signs of a cold. You can find A Vogel’s Echinaforce here, or in your local Jan de Vries store!