Happy New Year and welcome back home from wherever you
may have been travelling. Since Boulder practically clears out
over the holidays it feels safe to say welcome back. Here in
Colorado we have had so much snow! Skiers and snowshoers
and snowboarders are having a great time of it. Others are
enjoying cozying up at home and cocooning a bit while working
up their energy and initiative to get out! Even others are
fighting cabin fever! The main thing is to keep the chi up so
that you won't catch one of the myriad of things going around
right now. It is time to stay warm and if you do happen to
the flu, this issue will give you some tips on coping. Take care
and be well!
BOSTON (Reuters Health) Sept 20 - Use of echinacea, or
extract of the purple coneflower, before the onset of full-blown
symptoms of the common cold reduces the incidence by more
than a half and the duration by almost two full days,
researchers reported here at the annual meeting of the
American College of Clinical Pharmacology From
That's right. Wet socks! This is an old naturopathic treatment
to get the immune system to kick in using hydrotherapy on the
feet! First, take a pair of thin cotton socks and run them under
icy cold water. Wring them out and put them on the feet of the
sick person (brrrr!). Cover the wet socks with dry wool socks.
Cover those with plastic bags and GO TO BED. In the morning
all of the socks will be bone dry and the patient will have
gotten a great boost for their immune system. Try it! It really
Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon and Chile
After all of this serious flu talk, now for something FUN!!!
Warm up this winter with this yummy hot chocolate recipe
which also contains the warming herbs chile and cinnamon.
Cow milk substitutes such as goat milk, soy, rice or almond
milk, etc may be used instead for those who are vegan or
non-dairy. Here's the link and enjoy!!
Even the healthiest of people can be brought to their knees by
the flu. This happened to my family during our vacation.
While it is no fun it is not the end of the world. Here are some
things you can do when you or a loved one is ill.
1. Go to
bed and rest. This is the most important thing to do. Chances
are you won't feel like doing much else anyway!
Consider taking one of the following homeopathic remedies. I
usually recommend for an acute situation a 30c dose 3 times
Aconite - No.1 remedy for nipping colds in the
bud. Useful in the early stages of colds, fevers, inflammations.
Suits healthy people whose complaints come on suddenly.
Possible causes: cold/ dry wind; fright/ shock.Dry, hot skin.
Thirsty for cold drinks. Everything tastes bitter except for
water. Extreme restlessness and fear. Worse: evening /
Belladonna - Reputed prophylactic
properties against meningitis. Inflamed area or entire patient
is burning, red and hot. The eyes are glassy, pupils dilated.
Onset is sudden. Possible cause - chill to the head. Pains are
violent and throbbing. Rapid pulse. Patient is angry, may be
delirious and even have visions. Thirsty , may crave
lemonade. Worse jarring, touch, 3PM.
Bryonia - Dryness
of all mucous membranes. Great thirst for large amount at long
intervals. Patient lies absolutely still. Pains are stitching. A
"bear with a sore head" who is irritable and resentful of being
questioned or fussed over. Worse: slightest
Eupatorium perfoliatum - A remedy for fever
with deep bone pain. Little perspiration. Chills in the small of
the back, which feels broken. Very restless, yet not better for
motion. Better: cold drinks, ice cream.
Gelsimium - No. 1
remedy for flu. Especially if there is shivering up and down the
spine. Known as the "glass coffin" because there is complete
physical prostration coupled with mental alertness. Complaint
may come on after bad news. Patient tremble, has aching
muscles and heaviness especially of the head and eyes. Even
the eyelids droop. Worse : 10AM
3. It is safe for most
normal healthy people to fever at 104 degrees without a break
for 24 hours. A fever, though uncomfortable, is what is fighting
the infection. Anything longer than 24 hours with out a break
can be dangerous so then a fever reducer can be used. More
aggressive treatment may also be indicated at this point.
At the onset of the flu Cold Snap, 2-4 taken every 2 hours can
help prevent the flu from progressing any further.
5. A tea
made from equal parts yarrow, elder flower and peppermint
can be drunk to induce sweating and to help to naturally break
a fever. Steep 1 TBS of the herbs in 1 pint boiled water for 10
- 15 minutes. Drink 4-6 cups per day.