By Amber Cook

It’s that time of year again, Cold and Flu season! But, that doesn’t mean you have to get either one.

Right now, start telling yourself you will stay well this year and believe it. Yes, I’m serious!

This is a little trick I learned from Louise Hay and my family and I stay well every year, month in month out. Occasionally a cold bug bites me, but my symptoms are very mild…always.

Also, make sure you’re doing most of these:

  • Getting good nutrition, sleep and exercise. Limit inflammatory foods.
  • Washing your hands often…but not obsessively (some germs are good for you, and help keep you healthier).
  • Getting treatments like acupuncture and massage on a regular basis help to strengthen the immune system
  • Diffusing essential oils like lavender, peppermint, oregano, eucalyptus, and my personal favorites-Thieves Oil and R.C. blends by Young Living.
  • Taking Echinacea and Zinc daily

If the nasty bugs do find a way into your life (and sometimes they still do in spite of your best defenses), here are 7 natural remedies you might consider:

  1. Rest and sleep as much as you can at first. This should be a no-brainer, but as adults, it’s sometimes hard to slow down. Call in sick when you need to.
  2. Drink lots of extra water and unsweetened, no caffeine liquids. Warm tea is always good!
  3. Netti Pot & Saline Solution: A netti pot can be a lifesaver when you’re fighting a cold or mild sinus infection. Using a netti pot with a saline solution will naturally flush the ick out your sinuses, relieving pressure, and reducing risk of greater infection. You can also use a natural saline solution spray if the netti pot is just too weird (or for little kids)…but, I highly recommend the netti pot.
  4. Power foods for an immune system boost: Eat lots of garlic, ginger, spicy peppers, turmeric, and fruits and veggies high in vitamin C. And, yes, good ole’ homemade chicken soup really does help you get well faster. Here are 12 foods with more vitamin c than oranges.
  5. Limit or completely avoid sugar, with the exception of raw local honey (a tsp alone or in your honey helps kill those bugs).
  6. Hydrotherapy: My favorite is an old remedy, but it really does work to clear the Sit with your feet in hot water while using a cold pack on your head.   Pretty simple and easy. It may only last for a little while, but when you can’t  breathe through your nose, even temporary relief can feel like heaven.
  7. Practice self-reflexology and pressure point massage.

I’m not a doctor, but these are the things that have worked for me and a lot of my clients. Visit your Naturopathic Doctor or other healthcare provider if symptoms are continuing to get worse and you just don’t seem to be getting better.

If you have any of your own tips please leave them in the comments to share.

Be Well.