5 Tips to Fight Summer Colds

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summer-coldsWriting the words “summer” and “colds” in the same sentence just seems wrong. Unfortunately, in my house summer colds are an all too real situation. There isn’t much difference between a cold in the summer and any time of year, as they are all caused by viruses. The difference I find is how we take care of colds in the summer. In the winter, we tend to stay in and rest. In the summer, colds just seem inconvenient because of  busy schedules (vacation, activities) which make rest easier said than done.

If you have a summer cold and you need some relief, here are some tips:

Neti pot: If you’re experiencing nasal congestion, flush out your nose and sinuses with a saline solution. If you suffer from allergies, this is also very helpful.

Humidifier or diffuser: Using a humidifier or diffuser can help with congestion and open up airways. Better yet, add some eucalyptus, peppermint or rosemary essential oil.

Echinacea: Echinacea was first used in Native American healing. It can boost the immune system by improving the ability of white cells to fend off germs and avoid them taking hold in your body. As soon as you start noticing symptoms, you should begin taking echinacea. 

Hydration: Your immune system will function most effectively if you keep hydrated. Thirst is actually your body’s way of warning of dehydration, so drink before you are thirsty. In addition to water, herbal tea, coconut water, broth, fruits and vegetables are great ways to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine, which is actually dehydrating.

Rest: Give your body the time it needs to fight off the virus!

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