The evenings are getting darker, the leaves are falling and it’s getting colder. Autumn is here people. And while it is one of my favourite seasons (Spring is the ultimate fave), it can bring some annoying little things with it that will make you and yours feel, well, not so good.
There are some great things you can do at home to stay healthy this Autumn. The temperature drops and more germs start to spread, especially a nuisance battling the dreaded cold. I’m trying to use more natural medicine these days, as much as is possible. You will only need a few bits and they will see you through:
- Firstly, you should try to stock up on Manuka honey. The rating doesn’t even have to be that high necessarily, a 5+ would be good to help the onset of a cold or sore throat.
- You should make sure that you have some good quality turmeric
- Get a good quality vitamin C
- Likewise, some equally good Echinacea.
- Drink plenty of water – at least 2 litres a day. They say lukewarm is best but anything is better than nothing. You could also add a few drops of a citrus essential oil to your water as this can really cleanse and detoxify.
- Get enough sleep – aim for at least 7 hours, 8 if you’re lucky. When you are feeling tired and run down you feel worse and are more susceptible to germs and illness.
- Eat as much organic and local food as you can afford. If you’re immune system is lower at this time of year, the more natural and healthy food, the better.
Something that you can do, that is tried and tested, for when you feel a cold coming on. You should do one of the following every few hours:
- make a paste of 1 part turmeric to 2 parts manuka honey and have a teaspoonful
- gargle with salt dissolved in warm water
- take a dose of vitamin C (until the daily recommendation is used)
- take a dose of Echinacea (until the daily recommendation is used)
This should help to nip it in the bud and stop it developing into anything else. What do you like to do to stay healthy during the colder months?