Beat Colds and Flues as the season changes

With the change of season we’ve had a number of people coming into the clinic with respiratory infections, coughs, wheezing, and other respiratory-related complaints. Here we’d like to share our best tips for recovering from acute respiratory illness such as these.

Move inwards..

It’s subtle in Queensland, but the shift in the season brings about subtle shifts within our bodies. In Chinese medicine, the direction in cooler months is inwards, and so we may find we have less energy than summer, and we feel like doing a little less. Follow those urges. It’s time to gather things in, reflect , adjust and gain clarity. All our activities have an influence on our health, especially being out of harmony with nature.  

What is your body telling you?

If you feel run down, listen to your body.  Symptoms can be seen as a form of intelligent communication from our bodies.  Go to bed a little earlier, and nurture yourself a little more. Cook a big batch of vegetable and chicken-broth soup, allow yourself to sleep in, and start to make a few less commitments on your calendar. Your body will thank you for it.

Breathe easy

Take a walk in the fresh air (with a scarf around your neck if you are chilly or sick), preferably in a park, in nature or by the sea. Breathe deeply. Alternatively, take a few deep, conscious breaths when you wake in the morning. Using the timeless remedy eucalyptus oil in a burner or as a steam inhalation can help to open the airways and help you breathe easier. Our Specialist in the aromatherapy massage Raindrop Technique, Rachel, can also recommend some specific, potent oils for the lungs and immune system. 

Herbs and nutrients for the lungs and immune system

Herbal medicines are a powerful aid to the immune system. There are many herbs specific for different conditions, which we would select based on your individual symptom picture. From lung tonics to herbal expectorants to overall immune system support, herbs are an extremely effective means of preventing and treating colds, flues and general low immune function. We also stock a highly concentrated zinc and C powder that provides the body with essential, highly absorbable nutrients for the immune system.

Balance and fortify your body with Kinesiology

Kinesiology can help in the processing of stress and emotional factors that have a very real impact on the strength of the immune system. Kinesiology also helps to identify how well our organs are functioning and raises their energetic vitality when they are sub-optimal. Very often being run down is a product of a deeper issue on an emotional level; kinesiology helps to not only bring about our awareness of this but heal it as well.

Home remedy

Cold and Flu reliever

Juice of ¼ lemon or ½ lime

A pinch of cayenne pepper (or a twist of freshly ground black pepper)

1 teaspoon of raw organic honey

½ tsp of Zinc and C powder

  • Add all above to a mug and fill with warm (not boiling) water and drink .

Take up to 3 times daily to ward of a cold.  

For more advice, remedies and support, please come at see one of our qualified practitioners here at New Leaf Natural Therapies.

Phoebe Boonkerd ND

New Leaf Natural Therapies

3348 6098

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