This post is by Guiomar Campbell TCMP, Dpl. Sh. RN:
The winter season is upon us bringing with it a lot of wind, temperature swings and viral infections. We are constantly exposed to these environmental agents and if we have a poor and irregular diet, this can lead to a weakening of the immune system making people susceptible to respiratory problems.
Symptoms vary from eye irritation and watering to throat irritation and nasal congestion that can progress into an allergy, sinusitis or cold. According to Shyam Singha, author of “The Secrets of Natural Health”, people who suffer from such problems, also report constipation and are not eliminating their food completely, have bad eating habits, breathing difficulties and in most cases are always congested.
What to avoid
The most powerful foods that should be avoided are: sugar, dairy, wheat, canned or processed food, fried foods and foods cooked in microwave. Choose vegetable protein (lentils, vegetables, beans), green salad, lots of garlic and red onion. The combination of foods is also very important. Avoid mixing protein with carbohydrates or acidic fruits with sweet fruits, for example.
The nose is the most vascular area of the body. The nostrils are filled with veins and capillaries. Many of these superficial veins located in the outer membrane of the nasal passage can easily burst when exposed to dry air, dust and constant manipulation. If the bleeding becomes constant apply ice to stop the flow rapidly. You can also wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it on the forehead and under the nose.
Vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc have been proven through many studies to be very important in maintaining blood vessels, so eat foods rich in vitamin C such as fruits and vegetables. According to scientific research the combination of propolis, echinacea and vitamin C reduced by 55% episodes of respiratory infections.
What to do?
There are several forms of treatment that are more “natural” to bring relief to the initial symptoms of nasal congestion.
The recommendations below help prevent respiratory infections, but it is important to consult a doctor if the condition persists more than two to four weeks or you are experiencing nasal flow containing blood or yellow-green nasal mucus.
To improve breathing
Combine 1 / 2 clove of garlic with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, add juice of a lemon with a teaspoon of honey. Drink this mixture three times a day.
One teaspoon of cinnamon, sage and bay leaf in a cup of hot water, add one tablespoon of lemon juice concentrate. Take this mixture daily.
Knead a clove of garlic and mix with a cup of warm water. With a dropper apply two drops in each nostril. Before going to bed, apply a drop of sesame oil into each nostril. This treatment helps reduce inflammation.
Apply pressure on the side of nose using the index finger of both hands on each side of the nose. Press and hold for two breathes. Than follow the jaw area continue applying pressure towards the ears.
Your steam recipe for congestion
1 / 2 cup white vinegar, mix 4 cups of boiling water. Covering the head with a towel and breathe in the steam.
Essential oil vaporization
Essential oils are refreshing, antibacterial and dilute secretions especially when the mucus is thick.
Place 20 drops of oil Eucalyptus radiata essential oil in a glass bowl of hot water. Put a towel over your head and breathe. Close your eyes to avoid irritation. Before going to bed, put the mixture near the heater. The heat causes the oil to evaporate and dispense the fragrance into the air.
To the relief of sinusitis
Mix 2 cups of cold water with a tablespoon of Epsom salts, 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Dip a clean cloth and apply this solution under the nose.
Enjoy the winter season, but don’t forget to protect yourself from wind. A scarf around the neck and a hat on the head is very important to prevent loss of internal heat during this season!
Guiomar Campbell, Dipl. Ac Dp. SH Tel: 416-986-9270/ 416-922-7200 www.lotusartswellness.com/blog e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org