Times they are a changin’…well, seasons are for many of us at least. Cooler weather and the changing of seasons, coupled with kids back in school bring many more opportunities to bring germs to each other. Now’s a great time to stock up on remedies to have on hand for a variety of maladies that may present themselves this fall. Compiled by Natural Health Magazine, here are some medicine cabinet necessities you want to have at the ready for the inevitable.
MUST-HAVES: Emer’gen-C, sea salt, Neti Pot, echinacea (tincture or pills), Esberitox
To avoid days of lying in bed buried in Kleenex, invest in Emer’gen-C, a powdered energy boost that has 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per single-serving packet. Mix a packet with a cup of water three times a day (your immune system works better when you’re hydrated) at the first hint of a cold, says Karen Koffler, M.D., Director of Integrative Medicine at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, Ill.To clear a stuffy nose, try a saline solution (1/2 teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water). Add the solution to a spouted Neti Pot (netipot.org), tilt your head forward and to the side, pour the water into your upper nostril, and let it drain out through your lower nostril. Blow your nose and repeat on the opposite side. “The saline flushes out bacteria and viruses that inflame the membranes,” Koffler explains. “If you get to the inflammation early, you can prevent it from progressing.”
MUST-HAVES: Fresh ginger, probiotic supplements, yogurt, chamomile and peppermint teas
Consider opening a branch office of your medicine cabinet in your refrigerator: that’s where you’ll find help for a troubled stomach. Keep fresh ginger on hand for ginger tinctures, suggests Kristen Burris, L.Ac., founder and director of American Acupuncture Center in Poway, Calif . A 2005 German review noted that ginger is particularly helpful for pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. For any kind of nausea, slice three or four pieces the size of a quarter and steep them in mint tea; drink a cupful as often as needed. Or use up to three dropperfuls of tincture per day (containing a total of 3,000 mg of ginger extract) as needed.
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