So, you’re on a new adventure, a weight-loss journey. As with all adventures, it can be both rewarding and a little emotional. With winter upon us, you may also feel tired or find your immune system is low.
If you are experiencing any of these feelings, or are seeing the first signs of winter illness, here are some natural remedies to help you combat them.
Bach Flower remedies
Derived from 38 healing flower extracts identified by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s, these remedies can provide support for conditions involving emotional issues, and can help counteract the effects of irritability and stress. They are either dropped onto your tongue or mixed with water.
- Honeysuckle – helps with nostalgia
- Impatiens – good for irritability and impatience
- Larch – helps combat a lack of confidence
- Rescue remedy – calms the nerves, relieves anxiety and stress
There are many more, and these can be purchased from a health store or online. The best thing is they are not addictive and don’t interfere with any other medicines. But, please seek the advice of your health store or doctor before taking them.
If you’re already ‘down with the flu’
Even though we all say we ‘have the flu’, what most of us really have is a bad cold. Not the flu. That’s influenza and is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses.
The common cold is something that we cannot always avoid. The following herbs can be used safely at home to help a wide variety of ailments, such as chronic conditions, common colds and more.
Here are some tips that can help keep them at bay
- At the first signs of a cold, take echinacea in either capsules or in liquid form – always follow instructions on the bottle.
- Make an infusion of 1 teaspoon of hemp agrimony to a cup of boiling water, add the juice of one lemon, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger and 1 teaspoon of honey.
- Make an inhalation by putting ten drops of eucalyptus oil and five drops of peppermint oil into a basin of hot water. Hang your head over the basin, cover your head and the bowl with a towel and breathe in. Stay under the towel, breathing deeply until there is no more steam.
Home herb medicines
These can be purchased from a health shop, a supermarket or could already be in your kitchen or bathroom cupboards at home.
- Camomile tea – aids digestion, soothes and relaxes
- Elderflower tea – helps with coughs, colds, flu and fevers
- Ginger – good for indigestion, wind, circulation and arthritis
- Lavender essential oil – relieves stress and promotes relaxation
- Lime blossom tea – a relaxant, good for tension or insomnia
So, banish those winter blues, sit back with a soothing lime blossom tea and relax!
Always consult your doctor or health shop specialist before you take any herbal remedies. They must be treated with care and should not be taken unnecessarily.