The Common Cold and Natural Remedies

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I thought the cartoon above was funny.  Thank you Cartoonstock.com.  It’s true that medical science cannot cure a common cold.  Actually, nothing really can cure it.  The most you can do is alleviate the symptoms but you have to let a cold run its course.  Which is what I’m doing right now.

A cold is a viral information where the mucous membrane of the nose and throat become inflamed.  It typically causes a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and other familiar symptoms.

Friday afternoon I started feeling as if my throat was “dusty.” During my presentation I kept feeling as if I had to clear my throat often which became a bit annoying.  By the time the presentation was over I was feeling totally drained.  The temperature outside was a warm 60 degrees but I felt really cold…. Ohhh no… here we go, third cold this year.  I began to try to convince myself that it was allergies.  After all, they are saying the allergy season this year is going to bad.  I never used get colds.  Seriously, very rarely …. Now, since I’ve been taking the subway system in New York City I’m sick every couple of months.  That questions prompted me to go to Google.  What causes these colds?

  • Human parainfluenza virus
  • Metapneumovirus
  • Maronaviruses adenavirus
  • Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Eneroviruses

So now that I know what the causes are I need to figure out how to avoid getting sick.  A quick internet search revealed the following list.

  • Avoid contact with someone who has a cold – Well, this may be a bit difficult.  I work in New York City and take public transportation.  I’m sure that on any given day I’m in close proximity of someone who has a cold; T
  • Eat lots of vitamin-rick fruits and vegetables – This one I have control over.  I already eat plenty of fruits and vegetables but I may need to up my intake of vitamin C rich fruits.  We will try that.
  • Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water often – Well, I wash my hands after going to the bathroom but I don’t walk around with a sink and soap and for what I’ve heard those antibacterial lotions are full of chemicals I don’t want to be spreading all over my body.  I will figure out how to make my own and will report back.
  • Get plenty of rest – Sleep, it would be really nice to get as much sleep as I want but that doesn’t always work out.  I try to get at least 8 hours every night and most of the time I am able to.

If you ask me, it seems like my issue is really being around a lot of people and maybe not having enough vitamin C in my body.

So, All the above would be great if I didn’t have this darn cold already.  What should I do now to get rid of this cold?

  • Apple Cider Vinegar A non-invasive chiropractic adjustment puts the neck and back into proper alignment, alleviating pressure on the congested lymph ducts and allowing them to flow more freely to protect you against colds, flu and other illnesses. – Make an ACV tea to sip and/or gargle. Use 2 tablespoons ACV, 1-2 tablespoons honey (to taste), lemon juice (again, to taste) and a little hot water to dilute. It’s potent but the stronger it is, the faster it will work (of course you can change the amounts of everything to your liking). Use it 3-4 times a day (less is ok too but the more you do it, the better the results).
  • Increase Vitamin D and C – Vitamin C has long been known to support the immune system and fight off colds. As with any supplement, check with your doctor first but about 500-2000 milligrams every 2 hours is recommended. Fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C are oranges, kiwis, bell peppers, guavas, strawberries, dark leafy greens, papaya, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Additionally, having enough Vitamin D reduces your risk of catching a cold in the first place. Sunlight and fish are great sources of D.
  • Eucalyptus – This can be done as a quick steam in the shower (just shake a few drops at either end of the tub/stall) or if you have more time, a more intense steam treatment. Put 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a glass bowl.  Add boiling water and lean over the bowl. Cover your head with a towel to trap the steam in and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes. Repeat twice a day (those with liver disease/problems should not use eucalyptus oil). The steam will open up your nasal passages so you can breathe better. Your stuffy nose with be a thing of history!
  • Honey (Not for infants under 1 year old.) Make sure it’s local and raw. Honey has antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs. Add 1-2 tablespoons to your ACV tea, ginger tea or just a cup of warm boiled water. Add some lemon for the added benefit of Vitamin C.
  • Regular Chiropractic Adjustments – A non-invasive chiropractic adjustment puts the neck and back into proper alignment, alleviating pressure on the congested lymph ducts and allowing them to flow more freely to protect you against colds, flu and other illnesses.

According to medical journals a cold can last up to 10 days with some symptoms lingering longer.  I will keep my fingers crossed that it won’t take me that long…. We have lots planned in Camelot.

XoXo

Ana

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My Secret to Clear Skin

 

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Some of you have asked what my beauty routine is.  How do I manage to keep my skin clear.  I thought about it and thought about it and I really don’t think there is a secret.  Perhaps I am one of the lucky ones.  As a teenager I did not have skin issues, suffering from breakouts only as they related to hormonal changes and even those were few and far between.  I remember my cousins having really bad acne, so I’m not sure why that problem skipped me — glad it did.  As an adult I very rarely have breakouts but I do suffer from extremely dry skin….. I guess that’s a problem too.

If there is a trick to my clear skin and my very few wrinkles I probably can thank my mother and father for the great genes they donated to me.  I can also, probably, thank my lazy personality when it comes to spending time in front of a mirror.

For those of you who may be interested in my routine, here it goes…. however, I do promise you that it’s going to be boring.

I jump  out of bed at 5:00 a.m. — I stay in bed as long as I possibly can.  I love sleeping.  The days I go into the office I wear make up but my makeup is minimal.

The first think I do is brush my teeth.  I will be posting an all natural tooth paste I’ve been trying as soon as I can figure out the recipe better.  For now I’m not 100% thrilled with it so no point in going into it here.

I splash my face with cold–ish water and then wipe my face with one of the all natural facial wipes from my Yogi Surprise Box (currently I’m finishing up the Citrus from Rooted Beauty).  I’m not really sure why I do this step except that I like the way these wipes smell and I think they help me wake up.

I then sit at my makeup table and after moisturizing (I am alternating between two moisturizers right now but they are getting really heavy since the temperature is getting warmer yay….) I start the makeup application.  Since turning forty I have had to resign myself to the fact that I need to apply foundation.  I try to always find something light which contains more water than product.  I have been looking but still have not found an all natural product that does as good of a job as the ones I currently have in my arsenal — I won’t mention any names because I don’t want to advertise something I don’t plan on sticking with…. as soon as they are finished, if I still have not found the all natural foundation I’m looking or I will go bare.  You will, of course, the first to know when that happens.  Once the foundation is done, I put on eye liner.  I have been wearing Urban Decay eye liners and when I’m feeling particularly energetic eye shadows.  I began buying them  because they are animal friendly but I have to admit that I have not red the ingredients  so I’m not completely sure what they are made up of.   So something for my to-do list.

The last think I do is apply lip balm and then lipstick.  My lip balm is also from my Yogi Surprise Box.  I am loving the Hurraw Vita Lip Balm, right now I have the almond cinnamon rose flavor but I think I need a summer one,  and Bite lipsticks and you can find me in red most often….. Red is a great color if you want pretend you spent lots of time on your makeup.  Just make sure the red goes with your complexion and it’s not runny….. nothing worse than having lipstick in the little creases of your lips…… Ohhh the joys of getting older.  I like the ones that have two in one tube.

More often than not I choose the no make up look.  In the summer I try to remember to apply sun block on my face and arms but I forget very often.  This year the doctor pointed out a mark on the left side of my face which he believes to be sun damage…. I’m not sure.  My father had the same mark and mine has been there for a while also.  However, that doesn’t mean that sun protection isn’t important.  I have to try to be better about that.  I would love to get something natural but until I find the right natural product I should still be vigilant about that.  I do believe that we all need a few minutes of sun without protection.  We all need vitamin D and the best way to receive it is to be outdoors in the sunlight.  So, in the summer, I also try to do that for about 15 to 20 minutes every day or at least every couple of days.  It’s so sad when our jobs demand that we sit at a desk all day from sun up to sun down and most of us don’t see the light of day until the weekends.

At night I remove my make up with one of the facial wipes again.  Once in a while I use Josie Maran organ oil make up remover but more often than water is my friend.  For my eye liner, which can be stubborn, I use a little bit of Bioderma on a wash cloth.  I find that if I apply the Bioderma and let it soak for a bit the eye liner comes off so easy.  The great thing about Urban Decay eyeliners is also their most annoying thing….. They don’t come off very easily.  Water alone does not help.

Like so many of you I too use to buy tons of products to keep my skin clean and healthy.  I quickly realized that, for me…. it’s a waste.  I’m lazy where it comes to beauty.  Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup… I have tons of make up but I hate taking it off.

Once every couple of weeks I also do a mask.  Sometimes I do avocado and honey, sometimes I do just avocado.  Depends on the way my skin feels.  I will try to remember to post a recipe soon of some of my favorite makes…. but again, masking, although feels great, it’s also time consuming and I tend to be lazy with stuff like that.

So, as you can see there is no big skin care secret.  I would say that my biggest secrets are:

  1. Lots of water
  2. Diet
  3. Moisturizer
  4. Bare skin whenever possible
  5. Laugh a lot (laugh lines are beautiful)

Those are my five secrets for beautiful skin.

I hope you enjoy this blog post and please, why don’t you tell me what your secrets are and also if you have natural products that you are currently using and loving, let me know.  I’d love to give them a try.

XoXo

Ana