Neti potI’ve been fighting a head cold for the past few days but I still wanted to write a short article for this week.  Sickness is one of the obstacles on the Yogic path (although being sick does have a remarkable way of keeping you in the present moment).  Despite my best efforts to avoid getting sick this winter I encountered a series of challenges this week and would up pushing myself too hard (overexertion is another obstacle).  It happens sometimes…

So I took a little survey of my awesome friends and gathered a small arsenal of cold fighting strategies.  I explained that I don’t use over the counter medications (the only exception being Sambucus Elderberry syrup which is sold in conventional drug stores) and just asked what they thought would be the fastest way to get rid of a head cold.  I received some great responses which I thought I’d share with you.

  • Trader Joe’s Lemon Ginger Echinacea Juice (as a preventative)
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint oil steam
  • Hydrate and avoid caffeine
  • Neti pot with saline wash
  • Gargle with warm salt water
  • Drink hot liquids (hot lemonade)
  • Raw honey
  • Lots of sleep
  • Spicy food – specifically a Korean dish called yook gay jang
  • Allercitin (a homeopathic remedy)
  • LOVE!

I learned some new things, including that there had been a Neti Pot Warning issued back in September.  Basically it’s just a good idea to use filtered water and let the water come up to a solid boil before preparing the saline wash.  And then obviously let it cool down enough before using.  I just love how my ears “squeak” when I blow my nose after using a neti pot (it’s the little things that amuse me).

I also learned what it actually means to “starve” a cold from reading this article.

I’m on the look out for yook gay jang but right now I’ve got some chicken bones simmering in the crock pot.  Crock pots are the best for making stock.  I learned (by mistake) that one should never let chicken stock boil or else the stock gets cloudy.  I’m going to let it simmer all night (I always let stock cook for at least eight hours) and make chicken soup tomorrow.  Ever since I read this article I’ve had bone broth on my mind.  Still haven’t tried making it with chicken feet but let’s just say I’m working up to it.

What’s your go-to home remedy for head colds?  Feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

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