Nearly everyone is sniffling and coughing. But, we can boost our immunity and stay healthy during this cold part of the year by using our breath, herbs and cold showers.
I love the change in seasons: the mornings get cooler and the leaves are changing colour. But, with that comes a change in us too: snotty noses, chest infections and colds.
When I was younger, I inevitably got a cold at this time of year. It was a pattern I found hard to break. But, now things are different thanks to our greatest ally - nature.
We are part of nature and when we start to learn from her, everything changes for the better.
A couple of weeks ago, I could feel the early signs of a cold: I was a bit tired, a little achy and not myself.
Breath and sage
I used two things to ignite my immune system, increase my energy and fight off any infection before it could take hold:
A local eccentric once told my mother that when he felt a cold coming on, he would walk up Howth Head and let the freezing sea wind blow it out of him. I used to think he was mad. It turns out he is right. Gradual exposure to the cold ignites our immune system and helps us fight off sickness. Wim Hof Method has proven that.
Learn more about Wim Hof Method.
Cold and breathing
I really didn’t feel like getting into a cold shower. But, by doing that, and the Wim Hof Method breathing exercises, I felt stronger and more energised. But, that wasn’t all I did.
After the showers, I warmed up with some magnificent sage and honey tea. I have written about its power before. Read more. The video explains how to make it.
Within a couple of days I was 100% again. The cold never really took hold. It was a great feeling to know that I could do something about it. The old pattern was broken and I could get back to enjoying the changing seasons.
The longest day of the year has just passed, but we have a few dark and cold months left until spring. So, let's look after ourselves with these simple and effective tips.
Fresh air is free and a vital part of our mental and physical health. Let's get out more.
Sage and honey to the rescue
Head cold? Running nose? These two simple things (which you probably have in your kitchen) will save the day.
Thyme, thyme and more thyme
This little beauty of a plant is nature's most effective way of over-coming viruses and infections. Use it regularly.
Snot, watering eyes, an aching skull and a sore throat are no match for this head cold remedy. It is a simple, effective cure and you’ll have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.
Galle was a tropical paradise. The Indian Ocean shimmered through the palm trees. The walls of an ancient fortress rose above us. The fortress surrounded everything - elephants, people selling fish and me with my head cold. Even a paradise like Sri Lanka can seem hellish when you’re sick.
A local man drove us to a hut that sold papers and sweets. He bought a little packet of strong spices - a cold remedy. After swallowing it with some water, my head felt like it was on fire. But, my cold was on its way out. I’m not in Sri Lanka now but the same principles apply when curing a head cold.
I work with people to bring greater health, happiness and meaning into their lives. I write about the things I learn along the way. My name is Níall Ó Murchú.
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