Tis the Season: Colds, flu and nasty bugs

Tis the Season: Colds, flu and nasty bugs

I recently returned from a trip to the Eastern United States. To say the trip back was arduous is an understatement. Between a flight cancellation and spending a night in an airport, my travel-time home was in the neighbourhood of thirty hours.

Upon my return, I had four clients the next day, a client each day for two days and then another day with four clients. With the three-hour time-change and fatigue, it was no surprise when my body said, “Enough!” and crashed. That was a Saturday night.

What to do? and what I did. (Though this works for me, you know your body – this may not work for everyone.)

Thankfully, I had my regular monthly reflexology treatment set for Monday morning. Whoop! That was great news. I always recommend a full reflexology treatment. Working on individual reflexes might help in the short-term, but assisting the body to support itself, requires a full session.

Along with drinking lots of water, my go to’s are:

  1. Fresh ginger-root tea. Drink it hot/cold & by the gallon!

Here’s how: Peel and thinly slice a two-inch long piece of ginger-root. Place in a    medium-sized saucepan with at least four cups of water. Bring to a boil then    turn heat off, cover, and let steep for twenty-minutes.

In a nutshell, ginger is: antiviral, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, and is effective against human respiratory viruses.

Pretty handy to have a piece of ginger in the kitchen at all times – in my opinion!

  1. Hot lemon & honey drink.

Honey: Antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. It acts like an antihistamine.

Lemon: Antiseptic, aids digestion, great source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids.

Here’s how: Put juice from half a lemon and 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey in a mug or heat-proof glass. Fill with boiling water. Stir.

Combined; ginger, lemon and honey will knock out a variety of ailments.

  1. Homemade chicken broth.

I admit by this point I was tired, cranky and feeling lazy. I bought a cooked rotisserie chicken from the market, removed the meat to eat later, and put the carcass in a pot with six cups of water. I brought it to the boil then reduced the heat and simmered it for several hours. I strained and drank this by the mugful.

The Mayo Clinic has this to say about chicken soup:

“Chicken soup might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.”

  1. Detox soaking baths

I did a simple Epsom salts detox bath every three days for the first week and one Epsom salts bath the following week.

While in the soaking bath I periodically rubbed: the neck/jaw lymph reflex found between each of my toes and the rest of my body with a washcloth.

Epsom salts baths:

Here’s how: Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom salts in a regular sized tub. I have the water as hot as I can stand it, but if you don’t like it hot-hot, then the temperature should be comfortably warm. Soak for at least twelve minutes, twenty minutes if you can last that long. Then, a quick rinse in the shower. Using no soap. PJ’s and bed!

I believe a simple soak is beneficial to heart and circulatory health, can lower blood pressure, help ease muscle pain and eliminates harmful substances from the body.

  1. Worked the lung reflex and chest/breast/lung/thoracic/jaw/rib reflexes daily.

My cold symptoms were, for the most part, gone in four days. By the end of the week, I felt symptom free, though tired – and I attribute that to being away for twelve days. 😀

I’ve attached a You Tube clip produced by Leemore Benron Levi Reflexology, Acupuncture, Massage and More of Benron.Co.IL. which demonstrates using reflexology on the lung reflexes. (The birdsong and waves are rather soothing!)