Ok..I am taking my vitamins, I am getting enough rest, I am drinking my fluids, meditating, washing my hands, exercising, eating right and I still get sick. Oh, wait a minute…maybe I wasn’t doing all of that to the extent that I usually do. I am a creature of habit and routine and it takes me a bit of time to transition. From an Ayurvedic standpoint, I am described as a VATA type. Although I love Fall, it is one of the most challenging times of the year for me. The drop in light, the temperature change and most dramatically the change in my work and life schedule throws me for a bit of a loop. So, I realized I was skipping some of my morning routine, perhaps not drinking as much water as I should, doing laundry a little later in to the evening and not getting to bed as early as I normally do and therefore getting a little run-down. I guess I should have seen it coming.
Hands down, the best way to deal with a bout of the cold/flu is to go to bed ( if you can) for yourself and for everyone around you. Rest is the best way to give the body a chance to heal. I enjoyed a day of the Marilyn Dennis Show, Dr. Oz, and home renovating shows in between naps. Not a bad way to spend the day although I have to say I am now obsessed with The Marilyn Dennis Show! I also took out my Fall Survival Kit ( SAD Light, Diffuser, Neti Pot, Dry Brush) and added the following for a day of immune boosting: Oil of Oregano ( orally and in my diffuser) , Vitamin C, Honey, Ginger, Lemon, Cold B Gone Tea, Turmeric, Coconut Oil and Oscillococcinum ( a homeopathic medicine), and my usual probiotics and apple cider vinegar.
I am happy to report that it was the fastest I ever recovered from a sore throat, fever, knock-you-out kind of cold. But it was also the most that I have thrown at cold symptoms at one time. I have to say the one thing that was new for me and was very effective was a 3000 year old Ayurvedic Technique called Oil Pulling. I used coconut oil with no other oil and just for 5-10 minutes. Some lofty claims are made on the internet, but, in a nutshell, it helped to clear out my congestion in conjunction with my sinus rinse, and it made my mouth feel great. I have now added this to my daily routine – http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20299/a-mini-guide-to-oil-pulling.html.
All of this being said, it might of just been taking a full day to rest that resulted in a speedy recovery but I do love to explore new remedies. If you have any questions about the above, speak to your friendly pharmacy staff, your physician or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
Treat yourself well. Breathe, rest and give your body and mind a little time and space to transition into this wonderful Fall Season.
Lorrie Mickelson M.A., B.A/BPHE, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, M.A., B.A/BPHE