There's something so magical about fall time for Indigo Children. The leaves are changing, fireplaces begin roaring, the weather is cool and crisp and noses begin running. This is the time of year that everyone seems to load up on DayQuil and Airborne, hoping they don't get sick! Unfortunately, these may not work at all and end up a waste of time and money. All these over the counter drug store remedies do is put a band aid on your symptoms rather then truly heal them. If you prefer a form of drug store remedy, try ColdCalm Homeopathic Remedy instead. It's time to really find out what your body is up to during cold season and how to fight it!
Our bodies have a balance of Good and Bad Bacteria. A healthy body has 85% Good Bacteria and 15% Bad Bacteria. When your body contains more then 15% Bad Bacteria, you wind up with a cold. Antibiotics kill Bad Bacteria AND Good Bacteria, giving Fungus a chance to thrive in your body. Taking probiotics outs extra Good Bacteria into your body to kill Bad Bacteria, Fungus and your cold symptoms.
Abby's Choice: Bio-K+ yogurt shots. (Capsules are great too)
Taylor's Choice: Ultimate Flora capsules.
Eat Your Vitamins
I have found that when I eat my nutrients rather then taking them in pill form, my body rewards me! I love veggie juices daily, adding in plenty of ginger and lemon as the seasons change. I'm also a huge fan of Alkaline water. Staying hydrated is essential! Foods high in
Zinc fight of illness as well. I take Zinc as a vitamin and eat seafood! Seafood is very high in Zinc (raw/cooked oysters, crab, lobster, etc.)
Other food items that do wonders:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Whisky/Bourbon (Hot Toddies Anyone?)
- Oranges (Vitamin C)
There's an old wives tale that says if you cut an onion in half and leave it by your bedside while you sleep, it will absorb your cold bacteria or flu virus. You will wake up feeling better and the onion may turn black.
Abby makes a special homemade chicken soup especially for flu and cold season with Indigo Children bodies in mind! She uses a Mary's Whole Organic Chicken (Whole Foods) and cooks it in the oven. When done, she pulls the meat off and boils everything left over for 3-5 hours in a large pot. Chicken necks or feet work as well if you don't feel like cooking a whole chicken. She then adds organic carrots, celery, parsley, wild rice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. And it's delicious!
Take Oregano Oil
Oregano Oil tends to be on the more pricey side, but there's a reason for that. This oil is high in phenols, which cleanses parts of your body. It has very powerful antioxidant properties. Oregano Oil supports a healthy immune system and respiratory system. Make sure when using Oregano Oil you dilute it with water.
Fun Fact: Oregano was used in the medicine book written by the first herbalist known, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) What a woman!
Colloidal Silver is another one of nature's very useful antibiotics. Silver eliminates bacteria in the body. It has been known to cure MRSA and bug bite wounds, malaria and tooth decay. I suggest the liquid form for cold season, although you may purchase it in a liquid, gel or capsule form. Colloidal Silver is a must have in your pantry!
Try A Neti Pot
What the heck is a Neti Pot? An old Ayurvedic medicine tradition helps naturally clear and soothe the nasal passages, making it easier to breathe. Let's be honest, a stuffy nose is the most annoying thing! Enjoy a hot bath and then your Neti Pot soon after.
The Neti Pot clears your nasal passages using sterile water and the purest salt available, which mimics your tears. At first it may seem a little strange to hold your head over the sink and pour warm water from a tea pot looking thing into your nose, but once you are clear and breathing right, you'll see how worth it this is!
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a cure all! I love this stuff, not only do I use it in my hair and clay masks, but also as a remedy for illness. I like Bragg's brand. ACV contains proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria. Yep! Apple Cider Vinegar is a probiotic. I just like it so much, I thought it deserved it's own column. ACV is an antioxident and contains amino acids, as well as kills bad bacteria in the body. ACV can also lower your blood sugar, so if you are a diabetic this is an important fact. It is also said that ACV is very good for fighting of cancer and great for your heart. Add a little love into your anti-cold regime!
You may drink teaspoons of it, or try the Cider drink they make it with it at most health food stores. You may also make a Fire Cider Tonic drink which contains fresh horseradish root, ginger root, onion, garlic, lemon, orange, habanero pepper, turmeric, raw honey and raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Every recipe is different so feel it out for your own taste buds.
Eat Raw Honey
Really? Honey? Well, yes... But only Raw Honey. Raw means unheated, so you're consuming the honey in its most natural form. Raw Honey is filled with enzymes and antioxidants. It becomes alkaline in the digestive track. Raw Honey is also anti-bacterial. When mixed with ginger and lemon, Raw Honey effectively battles nausea and promotes energy! But careful when you put it in your tea, though it's perfectly fine and tastes great, hot water deactivates the enzymes in the honey. If you're looking to heal a sore throat, take a spoonful instead. Raw honey is not safe for newborns.
There are plenty of ways to avoid or battle your cold symptoms this season and every season to come!