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 October in British Columbia is a busy month as it marks the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year and the Fall (Autumn) season. As the leaves begin turning various shades of brown, yellow and orange we start to feel the temperature change, with its crisp winds and rain. What a beautiful season Fall can be. Filled with fun as we celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween approaches.

Some of our Salt clients have listed a few of their favorite things about Fall:

  • Turkey dinners and pumpkin pie
  • Corn mazes and pumpkin patches
  • Long walks through Redwood forest (South Surrey) and Bear Creek Park (Surrey) as the leaves begin to change color
  • Pumpkin spice Latte
  • Sitting around the fire pit toasting marshmallows and making Smores
  • Spending time with family and friends

As beautiful as Fall can be, it seems to also bring with it what we refer to as Cold and Flu season! Coughing, sniffles, aches, fevers, congestion, sore throats and a general feeling of being grumpy and sick. As much as we wish there was a magic pill that could instantly cure a Cold or Flu symptoms, there is not. We have tried to give you something that may help alleviate those symptoms and help you feel better faster.

Here are our top 10 Natural Cold and Flu essentials to help you feel better faster: 

1.  Echinacea tea with Honey and Lemon

Echinacea Tea is derived from the beautiful and colourful Echinacea plant. The tea can be made using a variety of echinacea plant parts including the stem, flower, leaves and roots. The tea itself has a distinctive and sharp flavor, and pairs well with a dash of honey and lemon.

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The most common health benefit associated with echinacea tea is its ability to help treat cold and flu symptoms, most likely because of its anti-inflammatory properties. In South Surrey and White rock, Echinacea tea can be found at the following local stores:

We have only listed three of many stores that carry Echinacea tea in our local area. One of the popular brands we use is produced by https://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/ and can be found at most local grocery markets.

2.  Essential Oils – to help relieve congestion

Some essential oils have been known to help relieve symptoms of colds, coughs, flu symptoms and sore throats. Some research has shown that the use of nasal sprays containing peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and oregano extracts show signs of improving symptoms associated with sore throat and cough.

Here are two of our favourite essential oils we use at home during cold and flu season:

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus)

Derived from the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree, native to Australia but also grown in China, India, some parts of Europe and in South Africa. This essential oil is believed to have some the following benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Disinfectant
  • Antibacterial
  • Decongestant

How we use the oil:

    • In a Diffuser
    • In the Shower or Bath: breathing in the Eucalyptus infused steam
    • Natural Eucalyptus Chest rub (our version of the Vicks brand)

Immune Boost Essential Oil Blend

Our Immune Boost Essential Oil blend is created using a combination of Rosemary, Myrtle, Spruce, Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils.

This natural oil blend may help to alleviate symptoms brought on by a cold, including a cough and stuffy nose. It is often used prior to falling ill to boost the immune system.

How we use the oil:

  • In a Diffuser. We prefer using our Salt Lamp Oil Infuser by adding a few drops to some water and turning the lamp on.
  • Shower or Bath by adding a few drops

3.  Salt Therapy – Salt Room or Salt Bed

Salt Wellness Centre’s salt room and Salt Bed have been engineered to simulate the micro-climate found in natural salt caves.  During each Dry Salt Therapy session, a specialized medical device called a Halogenerator grinds pharmaceutical grade salt into microscopic particles and disperses them into the room.  The device also imparts a negative charge to the salt particles, releasing the beneficial negative ions. 

These particles are small enough to be inhaled into the deepest part of the lungs and penetrate through the bronchial tree and into the alveoli. Based on clinical studies, inhaling dry salt aerosol reduces inflammation of the whole respiratory tract. When salt particles are inhaled and deposited in the bronchial tree system and on the mucus, the mucus starts to break down and clients find it much easier to remove by coughing. Dry salt aerosol also has anti-bacterial properties and assists in cleansing the microbial flora of the respiratory tract, reducing inflammation of the airways and enabling the restoration of normal mucociliary clearance of the bronchi. This process increases the body’s natural resistance to respiratory tract infections.

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This noninvasive treatment can help minimize and even eliminate annoying symptoms of colds and the flu. Colds can start with just a sneeze or a tickle in your throat before progressing into a cough, more sneezing and nasal congestion with a runny nose. Although Colds and Flu may seem similar at first, Flu symptoms often include fatigue, sinus headaches, irritating and painful coughs, muscles aches, loss of appetite and fever.  Dry Salt Therapy can help alleviate these symptoms while providing your natural defense system with a boost to help fight off the virus. Salt therapy can also prevent frequent recurrence of these viruses and can complement Doctor prescribed treatments.

4.  Deep restful sleep – try guided meditations

Your body needs plenty of rest when you are sick. This helps your immune system function at its best. If you struggle to fall asleep, try listening to guided meditations. These can be found on Spotify, iTunes or YouTube. When you listen to Meditations, they may help you fall into a calmer and deeper sleep state.  

5.  Essential Oil Infuser or Diffuser

Diffusers help to moisten the air, helping to disperse the selected Essential Oil aroma through the air so it can be easily inhaled and absorbed by the respiratory system. We use a Diffuser and a Salt Lamp Oil Infuser as they pair well together. The Diffuser Moistens the Air and The Salt Lamp omits a warm and soothing glow while infusing the air with a more pronounced Essential Oil aroma.

6.  Chest rub – natural salve

Works just like the well-known Vicks brand. At Salt Wellness Centre, we formulated our own natural Breathe Easy Salve/ Cream. Made with Beeswax, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Camphor, Peppermint Oil and JoJoba Oil. 

7.  Float Therapy (Floating):

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When was the last time you woke up feeling truly rested and refreshed? Often you wake up the next morning and don’t feel fully refreshed from your sleep. When you float, your brain waves slow down to the Alpha, Theta and Delta state. Theta state is also referred to as the dream state, where the brain emits colours, memories and shapes into dreams. Delta state is one of deep mental rest. (No memory of dreams.) Basically, your brain is able to slow down and restore itself and therefore restore health to your body. (We recommend Float Therapy before you get sick as a way to help strengthen your immune system by resting and recharging.)

8.  Infrared Sauna:

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The Infrared Sauna may help speed recovery from colds. There has been some research suggesting that Sauna heat may reduce symptoms as it improves drainage while the high temperature weakens the cold virus. A 30 minute session in a toasty warm Infrared Sauna, listening to calming music will most definitely leave you feeling relaxed. Remember to ensure you stay well hydrated before and after the Sauna session.

9.  Stay Hydrated:

Stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids. Coconut water, chicken broth, herbal tea and fresh juice are some examples. H2O helps your body eliminate mucus and phlegm and keeps your noise, throat and mouth moist.  

10. Chicken (Or Vegetable) Broth or Soup:

Hot liquids like Soup and Broth help you stay hydrated while nourishing you. Your body is fighting hard to beat the Cold or Flu so be sure to fuel it, not matter how weak you may feel.

 

These are only 10 of many natural cold and flu remedies that we chose to share with you today. If you happen to be reading this whilst curled up in bed with your tissue box, we hope you feel better soon.

Float…Breathe…Sweat…Repeat!

 

PS: Remember that you know your body best. None of the above-mentioned tips and remedies are meant to replace the advice of your Family Doctor. If your symptoms get worse and you feel as though something is not right, take a trip to your local Medical Clinic or ER.

References:

Dry sodium chloride aerosol against acute respiratory infections (Alina Chervinskaya – 2009)

https://www.salttherapyassociation.org/images/Dry-Sodium-Chloride-Aerosol-Against-Acute-Respiratory-Infections.pdf

Halotherapy – Benefits and Risks (Evgeniya Vladeva, Liliya Panajotova)
https://www.salttherapyassociation.org/images/Halotherapy-Benefits-and-Risks-Research.pdf