Remedies once you are sick ~ Tip #4
So, you’re sick. You might have got the bug from a co-worker, maybe from family over the holidays, or maybe from your children – they seem to bring everything home. The point is you’re sick and you need some easy treatments that you can do at home. This blog series is dedicated to share some some tried, tested and true natural remedies to help nip that cold in the bud.
Some of the best ways to reduce congestion and mucous is through hydrotherapy.
You can try...
- a neti pot or steam inhalation with essential oils of eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary etc.
- hot baths infused with botanicals or Epsom salts
- alternating hot and cold showers are great for the immune system
Here's something new. Try warming socks. They may sound strange, but they work! Before you go to bed wet a pair of thin cotton socks with cold water and wring out so that they aren’t dripping wet. Put on when you get into bed and cover with a thicker pair of dry socks (wool works best). By morning your feet will be dry and toasty and you will be noticeably less congested. Try it for 2-3 nights in a row and you won't be sorry.
When you get over this cold, make sure to read through my previous blog on cold and flu prevention, so that you can avoid the next bug that comes your way. Speak to a naturopathic physician about appropriate dosages and before beginning any new interventions to make sure that the treatments are right for you.
Catherine O'Halloran, ND Naturopathic Doctor
Catherine O'Halloran completed her Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology, with a minor in Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Following that, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto and obtained her degree as a Naturopathic Doctor. CCNM is one of seven naturopathic colleges accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education.
Catherine chose this profession because she saw the need for a type of health care that treats the entire person, and not just the symptoms of disease. She strives to follow the guiding principles of the profession, especially treating the root cause of disease and utilizing the innate healing power of nature. Through her training at CCNM, Catherine learned each therapeutic modality, including nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, homeopathy and physical medicine. In addition, she has taken courses through the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and has started training in craniosacral therapy.
Although Catherine treats a wide variety of patients, with varying diseases, she has a special interest in women's health and pediatrics. In her clinical year at CCNM, Catherine was fortunate to be on a specialty shift in pediatrics, treating conditions such as autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and childhood epilepsy.
Catherine is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors, the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a physicians license through Vermont.