How To Quick Kick a Cold 1


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photo credit: William Brawley via photopin cc

 

I awoke with a heavy feeling in my face. You know the one: sinus pressure, congestion, and my head feeling about 10 times its normal weight. 

 

It started on New Year’s Eve with slight fatigue, sneezing, and a splitting headache. I had a familiar sensation of impending illness, so I stayed in and drank herbal tea and ate a bit of raw ginger. I hoped to catch it quick enough to be gone by morning, but to no avail.

 

I view illness as having a deeper meaning and lesson rather than being the random results of an unforgiving universe. There’s little to gain in the victim mentality, so I strayed away from that. I had learned that every illness starts with an unloving thought or a lack of attention where TLC was needed.

 

With that in mind, I asked:

 

Which part of myself was speaking through this cold and requesting relief?

 

Still I couldn’t help but feel perplexed. After all, I had been eating a plant based organic diet with plenty of greens, practicing yoga or other exercise, meditating daily, doing affirmations and other self-work. My schedule was booked with self-care, so why wasn’t I spared?

 

These questions rolled around, until I took action:

 

1. Food Medicine

-       Green Tea with Raw Honey

-       Green Smoothie

-       Raw Ginger

-       Raw Garlic

-       Echinacea Tea with Raw Honey

-       Immune Boost Soup (recipe below)

-       Flax Oil

-       Turmeric

-       Apple Cider Vinegar (mixed with water)

-       Avocado

-       2 Oranges and a chunk of Ginger blended together with water

-       Immune Boosting Tea – The Earth Diet (Garlic, Ginger, Honey, Lemon, Cayenne)

-       Astragalus and Echinacea herbal drops

-       Bentonite Clay – 2 teaspoons in water

 

2. Meditation & Prayer

I have found no other practice to be so essential in maintaining wellness as meditation. In this state I connect to the part of me that is unchangeable: my source. To link up with this observing presence that only knows perfect health is relieving in times of malady and reaffirming in times of health. I finished off with a prayer, speaking directly to God. I showed gratitude for everything in my life, including this apparent affliction. I spoke appreciatively of the wisdom I would gain from the experience, but requested quick recovery if possible. I inwardly conveyed an apology for not giving that part of myself proper care and gave the illness an eviction notice.

 

3. Mirror Work & Affirmations

I admittedly still feel a little silly going up to a mirror and saying the words “I love you”, but now I do it almost every day. I say it until I really feel it. I find the practice to be particularly important when trying to get over a cold or any other illness. As bashful as I can be towards this method, there is a deeper part of me that knows the importance, which greatly overrides the fear. I repeated an affirmation from Louise Hay’s “Heal Your Body”, specifically for colds:

 

I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and around me. All is well.

 

A few days later, a snow storm had put a white coating on Long Island and from my window everything had taken on a rare peacefulness only seen in the brief time after a blizzard. Thanks to a proactive approach, I was well enough to suit up and help shovel the driveway!

 

Later that day I pondered the deeper meaning behind why I got the cold in the first place. I sat in silence and spontaneously asked the question “All I really needed was some rest? I wasn’t giving myself time to rest and knew the only way to get it would be to make myself sick?” The answer I received was “Yes, so do you think you’d like to get sick next time or would you rather set some time aside to rest up when needed?” Message received: set aside time for R & R.

 

 

Immune Boost Soup

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Serves: 4

 

Time: 40 minutes

 

Ingredients:

 

4 cups of water

4 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon vegan Better Than Bouillon (BTB)

*or just use more vegetable broth

1 thumb of ginger, finely sliced

4 garlic cloves, finely sliced

½ white onion sliced

2 celery stalks

2 carrots

1 sweet potato

½ cup frozen peas

½ cup frozen corn

4 sage leaves minced

1 can organic bpa free cannellini beans

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2/3 cup quinoa

Himalayan or Sea Salt

 

Directions:

 

  1. Bring water to a boil, mix in BTB, and add onions, garlic, ginger, carrots, celery and sweet potato. Reduce to medium heat and cover until vegetables tender.
  2. Add vegetable broth and raise heat. Once boiling add peas, corn, and quinoa. Lower heat to low and cover for about 15 minutes until quinoa is cooked.
  3. Add spices, sage leaves, and beans. Cover for another 5 minutes on low heat.
  4. Add desired amount of salt, serve and enjoy!

 

What methods do you use to kick the common cold?