When Outside Un-Cover Your Mouth

It’s the middle of January 2022, and we are continuing to fight different variants of the ‘Cold and Flu’ with methods that would have sounded absurd only five years ago. Maybe it’s time to take a look at some other methods from the past that may still have some merit.  See how many you used or had used on you as a child growing up.
1. Feed a cold, starve a fever (Chicken Soup)  Chicken Soup – may not be a cure all but it’s a great choice when you’re sick. The warm soup slows the movement of neutrophils (white blood cells) in your body. They help protect your body from infection and when moving slowly, they stay more concentrated in the areas of your body that requires the most healing. Chicken soup was also found to be effective for reducing symptoms of upper respiratory infections. Low-sodium soup also carries nutritional value in helping to keep you hydrated. 

2.  SALT WATER: Gargling with salt water may help prevent upper respiratory infections. And, decrease the severity of cold symptoms like ease sore throat pain and nasal congestion. It loosens and reduces mucus, which contains bacteria and allergens.

3.  Vapor Rub: It may not smell that great, but some “old-fashioned topical ointments’ like vapor rub, do appear to reduce cold symptoms in children older that two years old. One or two applications before bed can open air passages, reduce coughing and improve sleep.

4.  Humidity:  The flu (nearly every variation) thrives and spreads more easily in dry environments. Creating humidity in your home may reduce exposure to the flu causing virus. Increased humidity can reduce nasal inflammation, temporarily adding a cool mist humidifier to the bedroom may help you feel more comfortable. Add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil might also stimulate your breathing.

4.  Warm Baths:  Warm baths can also reduce cold and flu symptoms in adults.  Adding Epsom salt and baking soda to the water can reduce body aches. Add some essential oil, (tea tree, juniper, rosemary, thyme, orange, lavender, or eucalyptus), may also have a soothing effect. Note: Not all at once!

There are numerous ways people treat their cold and flu symptoms. Some may seem weird, but they actually do have a positive effect on the body.  Just where do you think some of the ‘new medicines’ derived from?  Many were first used by our ancestors, and still used today because of its success in treating the symptoms of colds and flu viruses. Our bodies build up natural immunities when exposed to bacteria and viruses. One of the best treatments for any cold or flu virus is breathing FRESH AIR in through your nose and out through your mouth.

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.