If you are anything like me, when those cold symptoms start to creep through your body, your internal dialogue probably goes something along the lines of - “What?! Oh, not now. I really don’t have time to be sick. Arghhhh! OK, so exactly how much Aspirin and Ibuprofen can I safely take to make me feel vaguely human?”
Does that sound familiar? What if we turn this ‘solution’ on its head?
If we think about the basic idea of taking drugs to suppress symptoms so we can battle on with our day, it makes sense that all we are really doing is pushing the pathogen that is trapped in our body deeper into our system while it is in fact trying desperately to get out and escape. Runny nose, hacking cough, sneezing… see what I mean – its all about expelling mucus.
The ancient Chinese remedies for colds, to my mind, make much more sense. They believe that a cure is all about ‘releasing the pathogen’ and therefore liberating the body.
Using this ancient wisdom from China, here are two indispensable remedies that really work– though one might be more appetizing than the other!
To make this delicious and healing soup, first cut up or grate ginger and put in a pan of simmering water. Keep on a gentle boil for 20 minutes while you have a steaming hot bath with at least two cups of Epsom Salts. Add some organic orange peel to the ginger and water and keep on the boil for 10 more minutes. Take off the heat, add honey to taste and drink it.
Be sure to stay physically warm and wrapped up in all your winter clothes. Go to bed with a hot water bottle and extra blankets ready to sweat it all out.
Raw garlic and onion foot ‘compress’
Disgusting, right?! But it does work!
In the same vein as the hot ginger soup, the garlic and onion are believed to draw out the pathogen through the soles of your feet.
How to do it? Before bed massage the feet with olive oil, then cut up slices of raw onion and garlic and place over the soles of the feet and secure in place by wrapping the foot in cling film (plastic wrap).
Leave them on your feet for the whole night and while you might smell in the morning you will undoubtedly feel much better!
I should add that, along with these remedies, rest is also essential to allow your body to recover quickly.
So, that might mean having to take a day off work, which in the modern world will probably be the least palatable part of these ancient remedies!