7 Ways To Ward Off The Flu This Winter, Naturally.

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Winter has hit Australia. We all know what that means. There’s going to be cold days ahead and all those usual winter viruses’ will appear.

In Ayurveda, winter and early spring is known as Kapha season. Kapha are the elements of Water and Earth and responsible for stability and structure in our body, mind and environment.

It’s often referred to also as mud because its qualities represent everything dense inside and around us. Think cold, wet, soft, slow and heavy.

Imagine those qualities in the body for a second. They translate to congestion, sinus infections, coughing, asthma, sluggishness, excessive sleep, weight gain, high cholesterol, fluid retention in tissues (edema), aching joints, poor circulation, migraines, sadness, depression, grief and unexpressed emotions. Do you find these things show up more in winter?

The flu is a common one and will manifest in different areas of the body depending where it enters. So, what can you do to rid the flu faster? Well, firstly by following a healthy diet, lifestyle and taking herbs to boost immunity and prevent it happening in the first place. But if you’re one of the unlucky ones, keep on reading;

1) REST

It’s always best.

2) Protect from cold and wind

Especially if you live and work out in the open or by the beach where the winds are higher. Ear plugs or muffs are a great investment.

3) Keep your environment clean

Find some neem oil or better, neem leaves and leave them around the house. Neem is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and makes a wonderful cleaner, disinfect and healer of wounds.

4) Try oil pulling

Oil pulling is a popular trend for good reason. It is literally pulling out toxins, supporting oral health whilst also lubricating the whole neck, head and throat area. Try gargling black sesame oil with black salt or neem powder twice a day for 3-5 minutes.

5) Drink only warm water or herbal water

Drinking hot water is something to get used to all year round to naturally aid digestion and flush toxins out of the body. It’s not about quantity, but more about frequency and ideally every 15 minutes you should take a sip. You can also try adding turmeric, black pepper and ginger to assist. Ice cold drinks (and foods) will put out the digestive fire and constrict the body’s channels.

6) Avoid cold and heavy foods

They will only make you feel worse. These types of foods include meat, cheese, ice-cream. Go for light, cooked and warm meals with plenty of seasonal vegetables.

7) Steam

Try some good old fashion steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil or special medicated oil. Pop boiling water into a bucket, add a few drops, and start breathing it in.

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Narissa Moeller

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Narissa is a Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Therapist and Writer who is a lover of all things holistic, natural and beautiful. She spends most of her time consulting and treating patients, blogging on health and beauty, travelling, drinking chai, doing yoga and meditating. Nobody ever knows where she will be next! Follow her @narissamoeller and @nmayurveda

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