There's some sort of a virus going on here in Miami now and I find myself dealing with annoying common cold symptoms: Sore throat, watery eyes, achey muscles and very low energy levels.
Common colds typically last 7-10 days and can really diminish your joie de vivre..
Now, those who know me, know that after being married to a doctor for 13 years earlier in my life and having taken loads of antibiotics every time something was a little off, I now cope with things in a very natural way. In the past couple of decades I've gone to doctors basically for my annual routine check-ups, and that it.
Here's my go-to list for shortening the common cold:
1. Drink lots of fluids
2. Get plenty of rest
4. Oregano oil
6. Vitamin C
7. Salt water gargles
A short discussion about each one of those items:
1. My go-to fluids include lemon water (I squeeze half a lemon into 8-oz cup of water); I make big bottles of hot tea with raw ginger slices, fresh lemon or lime juice, raw honey, cayenne pepper and tumeric and drink it throughout the day (I buy Voss sparkling water in glass bottles and re-use those bottles for tea etc). Green juices with ginger are also good. When having a cold, I try to drink my daily calories insead of eating them. The reason for it is that your body uses a lot of energy to digest food. If you don't use your internal organs for digestion, they can now be free to work on healing you from whatever ailment you may be having.
2. Rest: our bodies regenerate and heal when we rest, so the more, the merrier.
3. Ginger is one of my favorite super herbs. It's a natural antibiotic and it also tastes great to me so I use it in my kitchen recipes. For colds, I use it in teas as described in #1.
4. Oregano oil: The oil produced from wild oregano or Origanum vulgare that's native to Mediterranean regions is widely known for its healing properties and for improving the immune system. For colds and sinus infections, Dr. Mercola reccomends putting a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water, and then inhaling the steam. I also put a few drops under my tongue a few times a day when I have a cold.
5. Garlic... it's just so smelly!!! and hence I don't use it very much in my regular life. But there is enough researh that suggests garlic to be a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. For colds and flus, it also provides decongestant and expectorant effects. So today for lunch I had tomato soup with 2 cloves of crushed raw garlic in it and it made me feel much better. Some experts reccomend eating a couple of crushed cloves every 4 hours untill the bug is gone. If you (and the poeple around you) can deal with the smell- go for it!
6. There is lots of research about the benefits of Vitamin C, so I take 2,000 mg/day regulary. I up the dose when fighting a cold by taking more supplements and drinking fresh squeezed orange juice. The only downside to taking more Vitamin C than your body needs is it may cause stomach issues like diarhea. Any extra vitamin C will simply be flushed out of your body in your urine.
7. I add 1 tsp of salt to warm water and gargle every few hours. It reduces the swelling in my throat and also flushes out bacteria.