HAPPY NEW YEAR! I sincerely hope you enjoyed a peaceful and restful Holiday season.
I returned to my studio yesterday filled with some great memories of time spent with people I love and cherish, rejuvenated, refreshed, revitalized. Minus a little tickle in the back of my throat and very dull pain in my head which sometimes signifies a migraine waiting to happen, I felt good walking into my office to begin the week. But when I got messages from two team members that they would have to join our weekly team meeting via phone because they were sick with the cold and flu, I decided revisit my own symptoms. I returned home after the call and wrote this post from my bed.
Here's the thing: I'll be back on my game in less than 2 days. Why? Because, in my opinion, the key to squashing a cold is to not ignore the very early messages your body gives you when its been invaded by the nasty bugs. Those sneezes, achiness and itchy eyes could be signs that a cold is about to settle in. Last summer I began studying Ayurveda and learned the effects of aromatherapy on healing. The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) considers the practice as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. I find it a pleasing, non-invasive way to feel good.
Here is my 3-step aromatherapy plan (along with nourishing foods, proper hydration and a Dr's advice if necessary) that will help you get back to your best in no time:
1. Take a very warm shower or bath with Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Body Wash and Foam Bath in Eucalyptus Spearmint. Not only will the fragrance help to open your stuffed nasal passages, this gel is super moisturizing and soothing to the skin. BTW, the entire Aromatherapy line is something special.
2. Drinking fluids and maintaining a proper level of hydration is important to your comeback so why not enjoy something that is aromatic and flavorful. I love Yogi Teas and the Green Tea Lemon Ginger is all about yummy goodness. The green tea is just plain good for you and the tag team of lemon and ginger is energizing and soothing.
3. Rest is a major component of healing and it's clear that a lot of us have demanding lives and sacrifice it for the sake of getting things done. Do yourself a favor: Turn on the Do Not Disturb on all technology and put the sign on the door. Get lots of sleep. It works. But before you shut it all down, slide on this luxurious, calming lavender scented eye mask from UK company, Holistic Silk. I bought a few of these to give away as gifts from the natural and organic skincare boutique in California, NuboNau.
Repeat as often as necessary. What are your best remedies for getting through cold and flu season?
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