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   A client walked into my consulting room yesterday and, breathing in, said “ah, essential oils.”.  He was quite right.  One of the things that I do to provide a comfortable and welcoming space for people is to diffuse a mix of essential oils into the room before they arrive.

So we had a bit of a conversation about essential oils and when I thought about it later, I decided that,  if I was only allowed one oil, lavender would be my most essential.

Lavender essential oil is good for so many things.  It is my number one burn remedy.  Keep a bottle in your kitchen for those times when you catch your arm on an oven shelf or drip something very hot on yourself.  DO NOT run it under cold water.  No!  Instead, immediately apply some neat lavender oil to the burn area and you will feel immediate relief.  And, even better than that, you will have no livid red scar.  It’s true – don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

Sleep is another thing that lavender oil can help with.  It has a very soothing effect.  A couple of drops in your child’s bedtime bath water can work wonders to settle them down and encourage them to sleep.  And for people who find it hard to drop off to sleep, a drop of lavender oil on your pillow may help.

Don’t think more is better though, I have learned, through unfortunate experience, that four or five drops in the bath can have the opposite effect on one’s children!  And more than one drop on the pillow at night might have your eyes streaming!

If your eyes are streaming through a cold, or flu or some other bacterial or viral illness, however, diffusing lavender oil  into the room is an excellent idea. Lavender oil has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and it can boost the immune system.

A 10ml bottle of lavender oil will cost you around £5 and, as you only use it a couple of drops at a time, it will last you for ages (unless you are particularly accident-prone!).  My recommendation is, buy yourself a bottle now and no, I am not selling it! – you can get good quality lavender oil from most health food shops.

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   So it’s happened.  I have a cold.  And not just any old cold, a really bad cold.  It could even be described as a “man-cold” … although maybe that’s exaggerating just a tad.

Whatever, it is a seriously kick-ass cold.

Ha ha!  I hear you cry.  Doesn’t she listen to her own advice?  Take her own medicine?  Yes I do, and I did and still, I have a really prolific and productive cold.

So, I can only assume that this cold is meant to be and the best thing I can do is to help myself do it as well as I possibly can.  And that’s what I’ve been doing.  I’ve been dosing myself with hot toddies (Kim’s Secret Hot Toddy Recipe) and homeopathic remedies, drinking gallons of lovely cold water and resting.

And just today I have started to feel really quite excited because I know, when I’ve finished doing this cold, I’m going to feel great.  Because I do trust my body, that it is behaving intelligently and is getting rid of stuff I don’t need as expeditiously as possible.

So, if you too have a cold, do it as well as you can and take heart – you will feel better than you did before you had it when it has run its course.

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   Like you’re only half there?  You haven’t got a cold or the flu, but you’re just feeling not quite right.  That’s how I was feeling last week.

That not-quite-properly-awake, first-thing-in-the-morning feeling was lasting until the afternoon.  It was difficult to think, plan and get myself going.  I was drinking plenty of water (;D) and even coffee didn’t seem to help … and then I remembered.   Echinacea!  That’s what I needed.  And that’s what I took.  Ten drops in a little juice, first thing in the morning and last thing at night and now I’m right as rain!

Oh, yes and vitamin C.  My preference is for the Aspartame-free, chewable type that I get from Healthspan but of course, you can get vitamin C from all health food shops and places like Boots.  As you can Echinacea.  Just remember not to take Echinacea for longer than three weeks at a time, otherwise you could end up feeling worse than you did when you started!

 

 

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   That’s exactly what I thought until last year, at Christmas when two of my family had the flu and EFT helped them feel better.

If you’re suffering from a cold or flu right now, give this a try.  Think about what the main symptom is and where in your body you are feeling it.  Then decide how intense that feeling is on a scale of 0-10, where 0 is that feeling is not there and 10 is it’s the most intense it could be.  You could also think about how having a cold or flu is making you feel – fed up, irritable, impatient, etc.  Then, go through the tapping points saying something similar to this – whatever fits your own, personal symptoms.  (If you’re not sure where the tapping points are, you can find out by watching the EFT Demo Feeling Bad here).

Tapping on your karate chop point:

  • Even though I’m feeling all bunged up and it’s really annoying, I’m OK
  • Even though I’m all bunged up and I can’t think straight and I feel really poorly, I deeply and completely love and accept myself
  • Even though I’m all bunged up and I feel really poorly and I can’t do the things I want to, I deeply and completely love and accept myself
  • (Tapping on the top of your head) Feeling all bunged up
  • (Tapping between your eyes) Really annoying
  • (Tapping at the corners of your eyes) Feeling really poorly
  • (Tapping under your eyes) So fed up
  • (Tapping under your nose) Allowing that to go now
  • (Tapping on your chin) Releasing it now
  • (Tapping on your collar bones) Allowing it to go now
  • (Tapping under one arm) Releasing it now
  • (Tapping under the other arm) Releasing it now 
Take a big breath in and out and then just check how you are feeling – on the same scale of 0-10.  If your number has gone down, but not to 0, repeat the exercise and check again.  If your number still hasn’t gone down, it may be helpful to think about the emotions connected to feeling poorly – are you worried about work, frustrated, fed up that you’re missing out on something, angry?  If you become aware that there is a strong emotion connected to the poorliness, then it may be helpful to you to do a couple of tapping rounds just on that feeling.  Use the EFT Demo Feeling Bad to tap along with.

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   Nobody, right? Or do you? If you think about it, colds tend to occur at specific times of the year – Winter and Spring – and it’s possible that a cold is your body’s way of adjusting to the new season. So maybe the best thing to do when you get a cold is to take a couple of days off work and look after yourself. Get plenty of rest and sleep, drink plenty of water and orange juice (packed full of vitamin C) and maybe even treat yourself to a warming hot toddy (recipe coming in tomorrow’s blog). This will give your body the best possible chance to do what it needs to prepare itself for the oncoming season.

Homeopathy can help with cold and flu symptoms, in fact there are over thirty different medicines that can help with flu and many more that may help with a cold.  Here are the details of the three most commonly used homeopathic cold and flu medicines – if your symptoms fit, give the medicine a try.  If none of these seem to fit your symptoms, take a look here where there are many more to choose from.

Aconite: You really want to keep this one in your medicine cupboard because it is a great remedy for nipping a cold or flu in the bud when the symptoms have come on quickly. Take it as soon as you notice the first symptoms – which is likely to be after you have been out in the cold. You will have lots of sneezing with pain at the root of your nose.  Your mucous membranes will be dry, you may have lots of shivering, feel quite anxious and feel worse in the evening or at night.

Ferrum phos: This medicine may help when your symptoms come on gradually. You may have a sore throat and a feeling that the cold is going to affect your ears or your chest.  You may feel weak and leathargic and have a flushed face and your eyes may be red and burning.

Gelsemium: This is the most commonly used homeopathic medicine for flu – you have the common flu symptoms of feeling heavy, lethargic and dull, your limbs ache, you feel dull and you may have shivers running up and down your back.

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