Allergies + Colds + Echinacea
Happy Spring! Or, if you're anything like me, you usually don't have a happy spring at all because seasonal allergies have you gasping for breath and blowing your nose every few minutes. Perhaps you have a fever and you're feeling weak and not as sharp as you'd like to be. I've been there too. Actually, I've been there every year except for this year. May is usually the month when I can't breathe, when I need tissues and cough drops galore, and when I need to take a day or two off from work because I'm in bed with a fever and zero energy.
Well, one of the crazy things about our yoga practice is that, once we've been sticking with it for a while, we actually become more aware of our bodies and how different foods, drinks, ingredients, situations, places, and people can cause us to feel a certain way. We can't always hop on a plane and physically place ourselves in a healthy situation, so most of the time, we need to bring that situation to us.
So what exactly did I do to get myself through spring this year?
- REST. Any health professional or fitness professional will have this remedy at the top of their list. Our bodies need to unwind and reboot.
- MEDITATE. When we make space to meditate, we make space for ourselves. We make space to check in and find clarity. Mental health is linked to our physical health and we need to give ourselves time for ourselves. I pop into this spot if I have some time during a packed day or an intense week. I also have a steady practice at home. If you're looking to start a regular meditation practice, contact me and we'll set something up! Remember, the physical yoga practice is only a tiny part of the practice as a whole!
- ECHINACEA. When I was in college (aka when I was working, taking classes, not sleeping, and stressing out about what I wanted to be when I grew up and how I was going to pass three tests and finish five papers...) and I was coming down with a cold, someone told me to drink some echinacea tea. I did - and it didn't help. At the time, I was also staying up late, over working myself, eating and drinking very unhealthy things that put me out of balance, and stressing a lot of the small stuff. I really was skeptical about trying it out this time around. Well, I got this stuff from this amazing company, and I really think that it's been a savior this season! Of course, it's been a perfect blend of rest, exercise, clean eating, and surrounding myself with good people and energy. I think I might even pick up some echinacea tea this week.
Some more cool info on echinacea:
Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold from developing. Other people take echinacea after cold symptoms have started, hoping they can make symptoms less severe. The people who use echinacea to treat symptoms have the right idea. Research to date shows that echinacea probably modestly reduces cold symptoms, but it’s not clear whether it helps prevent colds from developing.
Echinacea is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.
Enjoy the rest of this sweet spring, get rest, surround yourself with awesome people, go places that are packed with good vibes, drink tons of water, and get some echinacea into your body!
*I'm not a doctor or healthcare professional - I only know my body and what works for me, and this is simply a reflection on that.