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Getting Ready for Winter

Halloween is not yet upon us, but the cool breezes and rain of Fall definitely are. Soon it will be time to change our clocks and prepare for the months of Winter weather ahead.

For many of us, this means freezing temperatures, snow, less sunlight, and a return to cold and flu season.

By preparing now, you can arm yourself when the deadly germs come calling, and if you can't avoid them entirely, you can certainly minimize their effects.

To begin, look after yourself! Make sure you are eating properly, and getting enough exercise and rest. As simple as these words of advice are, few of us actually do it. We get caught up in the activity of the moment and forget that we have a responsibility to our physical body to keep it functioning at its peak.

Even when we are taking care of ourselves, we run the risk of contracting the latest virus that "everyone in the office" has. For these times, prepare yourself by stocking the medicine chest with natural cold and flu remedies such as essential oils and herbal teas.

Herbal teas not only soothe the throat, their warmth soothes the soul and takes away the chills of cold and flu. Here are some suggestions to try:

Angelica tea if you feel a cold coming on or are achy

Basil tea is good for the shivers

Bergamot tea is useful for a sore throat and can be used as a gargle

Chamomile tea is very soothing and eases an upset stomach

In conjunction with drinking herbal tea, essential oils can be used to loosen congestion, relax the body and purify the air of a room. Some great essential oils to have on hand for this purpose are Eucalyptus and Tea Tree.

There are a variety of ways to use the oils, but for the treatment of cold and flu the following recommendations are sure to provide some relief:

  • Add ten drops of essential oil to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes
  • Massage the throat and chest with essential oil diluted in carrier oil
  • Use as an inhalation (steam inhalation is not recommended for asthmatics) or in a vaporizer

If symptoms persist, or if cold and flu seem to keep coming back, check with your health care provider. Otherwise, use the tips outlined above and enjoy the season!

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