Getting sick is never pleasant. Getting sick when Spring is in the air and everything is beautiful, that’s even worse! Whether you’ve got a spring cold, or you’ve picked up that nasty bug that’s been going around, chances are high that you aren’t feeling your best. Your muscles may ache, your nose may be congested, or you may have brain fog that keeps you from thinking clearly or quickly. Fortunately there are several herbal remedies for colds, the flu, or whatever may be stopping your immune system from functioning normally. Whether you prefer a cup of tea, a capsule with breakfast, or a soothing essential oil, here are some herbal remedies that will get you back on your feet.
Staying hydrated is important when sick, and drinking tea is a wonderful way to get your fluids and herbs at the same time. These teas from Hari Tea can help you feel better when your fighting a cold.
Chinese medicine often prescribes heat as a remedy for colds. It is said that applying heat through different herbs or practices helps to push toxins out of the body. The combination of mint and chili oil in Inner Flow will definitely stimulate heat in the body!
Mindscape is a great tea to help with the brain fog that can come with sickness. Warming ginger and lemon will cut through the fog and help you to get through your day.
Heart Center Calm is perfect for night time relaxation. Because we can’t always take time off from work when sick, our energy reserves can get depleted very quickly. Soothing chamomile and linden flower will help you relax and get to sleep, restocking your energy for another day.
The Immune Gold herbal formula supports long term immune functioning. When your immune system is healthy it can work more effectively to fight off the germs you’re exposed to.
Cold Comfort is another warming combination of herbs. If you find yourself coming down with something, taking Cold Comfort can be a great way to support your immune system in the short term.
Essential oils can be used in a number of ways. Whether you have a diffuser, you drop a few drops in a bowl of steaming water, or create your own bath salts, oils can be a powerful ally when you’re in need. When sick, sleep is an important time for your body to heal itself. It can also be very difficult to sleep when your symptoms are stressing you out. Try Still Point, which can help to relax your body and mind before bed.
In addition to herbal remedies, you can also practice Breath of Fire. This pranayama is an essential part of any Kundalini yogi’s toolkit, and is a big help when you’re feeling under the weather. It works to purify the blood and the respiratory system, and builds up heat in the body. Practicing even just 3 minutes of Breath of Fire can go a long way towards energizing your body and helping you to feel better.