Natural Ways to Treat a Common Cold

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We all know what it’s like to have a cold, and it can be miserable! But did you know that there are many natural remedies for the common cold? We’ve compiled a list of natural remedies that you can easily do at home.

Expel That Mucus

It is important to clear your head of mucus. Instead of sniffling, blow your nose thoroughly and frequently, one nostril at a time.

Steam it up

Steam moistens your nasal passages. Take a steamy shower, or fill a bowl with hot water, put a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, inhaling the steam. Adding 5-10 drops of essential oil can increase the water’s decongestive effect.

Gargle Salt Water

Gargling can provide temporary relief for a sore throat. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a warm glass of water and gargle four times per day.

Turn up the Heat

Heat can help to relieve congestion and sinus pressure. Drink hot liquids or eat hot soup to relieve nasal and chest congestion. In addition, placing a hot water bottle (wrapped in flannel or another soft material) on your chest can help to break up a cough.

Drink Water

Make sure you drink lots of water and other clear fluids to stay hydrated. Hydration will help to thin your mucus and enable your body to expel it more quickly. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, as both can cause dehydration.

Chest Salve

You can make a quick chest salve by melting coconut oil with 15 drops of essential peppermint oil. Place this salve on your chest or under your nose to clear your sinuses.

Get More Rest

Getting more sleep will help your body direct its energy toward boosting your immune system and kicking that cold.

Elevate Your Head

Elevating your head while you’re sleeping can drain your sinuses and keep congestion from building up in your head. Don’t be afraid to stack those pillows.

Spice it up

Spicy foods, like radishes and hot peppers can alleviate congestion. Garlic also has healing properties. Crush a clove of garlic, add the juice from one lemon, one teaspoon of honey and hot water, and drink up.

Take Supplements

Ask your doctor about taking zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea supplements, all of which can help to heal the common cold more quickly.

Herbal Remedies

There are many herbal remedies that you can easily make at home to promote decongestion, including ginger tea, elderberry syrup, goldenseal tea, mullein tea and honey-onion syrup.

Apply Pressure

Applying pressure to certain pressure points can help to alleviate sinus pain. There are three key points for alleviating sinus pressure. Apply gentle pressure for 20-30 seconds to each of these points for immediate relief.

Next time you feel an onset of cold symptoms, remember to try these natural remedies before running to your doctor. You’ll be glad you did!

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How Tai Chi Can Help Promote Better Health

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Tai chi has been practiced in China for hundreds of years but it is now popular around the world. It is a meditative practice and an exercise form with many health benefits for people in all age groups. Tai chi combines breathing, focus and physical movements and is suitable for everyone.

Healthy Exercises for Everyone

Tai chi was originally a form of self-defense but it is also a form of exercise that anyone can practice regardless of fitness level or age. Practitioners move through a sequence of slow, graceful and focused movements while breathing deeply. There are different styles and many variations of the exercises, but all combine movement and breathing.

Regular practice improves flexibility and mobility, helps balance, builds muscle strength, boosts mood and relieves anxiety and stress. Studies are being conducted on the effect of regular practice on improving sleep and lowering blood pressure. Even new students soon notice that practicing tai chi will help to experience a general feeling of well-being.

Relief from Stress and Anxiety

The slow movements are connected to deep breathing, and over time the practice helps to develop concentration skills. Even though tai chi started in ancient China as a martial art, today the sequences of movements are taught as a form of stress relief.

Tai chi is also an excellent form of exercise for the elderly. The movements can be adapted to different body types, age groups and fitness levels, so that anyone can learn a sequence and move through it at their own pace. Many sequences can even be adapted so that you can practice some movements while sitting in a chair, which makes tai chi a great exercise for anyone with limited mobility. Some studies suggest that tai chi can help to improve the quality of life in elderly people with chronic health problems.

These healthy exercises are low impact and the risk of injury is minimal. Tai chi does not require any equipment or previous experience in any kind of exercise. Anyone can start to learn by taking a beginner course or a basic class with an instructor.

Check Out The Video Below to Learn Tai Chi for Beginners:

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