With the arrival of autumn/winter, the chill in the air becomes more pronounced. It’s time to bundle up to avoid catching a cold. However, during a busy day, it’s inevitable to transition between warmth and cold. Between commuting and braving the chilly outdoors, our bodies undergo temperature fluctuations, and as a result, the cold starts to settle in. Nevertheless, there are natural ways to bid farewell to a stuffy nose, annoying cough, and constant sniffles.
Skip the Cold Medications, Opt for Natural Remedies
If you’re one to rush to the pharmacy at the first signs of a cold, it’s time for a change! On October 22, the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) advised against taking certain vasoconstrictors like Actifed, Nurofen, and Dolirhume. These effective nasal decongestants can potentially lead to heart and cerebral vascular accidents.
To effectively combat the cold, naturopath Olivier Panisset recommends seven options, as shared by Madame Figaro.
- Reduce Food Consumption
To help your body fight off the encroaching cold, it needs some respite. Avoid imposing foods that require too much energy during digestion. Steer clear of pasta, rice, and overly fatty meats.
- Focus on the Liver
“The liver is the body’s purification center, processing toxins from bacteria,” explains the professional. At the first signs of a cold, it’s important to facilitate the organ’s work. This can be achieved through two methods:
- Desmodium and Turmeric: These plants have beneficial properties for liver functions. Cures of desmodium and turmeric are recommended. They should be ingested in the form of ampoules and tablets for 20 days.
- Hot Water Bottle: Place it directly on the liver area. “The dilating effect on blood vessels allows for a greater supply of oxygen, which helps it function,” explains Panisset.
- Opt for a Warm Bath
To defend against bacteria, the body activates a fever. “A hot bath or shower raises the body’s temperature, simulating a fever,” assures the naturopath.
- Choose Essential Oils
Essential oils are known for their effective cold-fighting properties. Ravintsara and Tea Tree are potent antiviral and antibacterial agents. To get rid of microbes, mix three drops with honey or oil. “These essential oils are effective even when applied to the skin. You can mix 10 drops with a vegetable oil and massage it onto your chest,” explains the professional.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
According to Panisset, “This product effectively fights against pathogens (factors that cause diseases), especially those responsible for colds.” However, it should not be ingested at the same time as other antibiotics. This extract should be taken in doses of 30 drops in the morning, noon, and evening.
- Vitamin C
Like essential oils, it helps fight bacteria. Several fruits and vegetables contain it, such as acerola, kiwi, and parsley.
This plant, offered in liquid form, is particularly effective at boosting the immune system. Take it for 15 days, with 10 to 20 drops, three times a day. However, Panisset notes that “beyond this duration, the plant is no longer effective on the body.”
Now we’re prepared for the winter chill!