Weathering the Winter

As I write this newsletter, the Central Coast is being pounded by winds and rain in gusts of up to 135 kms.  The weather is certainly changing and Mother Nature seems to be very angry.  Let’s hope this is not what winter will be like.

You could plan for and support  you health during the colder months and longer days by thinking about some preventative medicine.

Herbs and supplements such as Vitamin C & D, Zinc, Echinacea, Olive Leaf and Garlic can all help to stimulate and strengthen your immune system.

Other herbs like Thyme,  Elecampagne, Elder and Euphorbia  can be very effective in treating coughs, colds, sinus and asthma and bronchitis.

Many products are available over the counter, but your fully qualified and accredited Naturopath has high potency, value for dollar supplements that are far superior in strength and quality, and usually are more cost effective in the long run.  If you are wanting to protect yourself from colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma and sinus this winter, give me a call to discuss what program of support might be best for you.

 

REPSIRATORY HERBS FOR WINTER COUGHS –

THYME  (THYMUS vulgaris)

Thymus%20vulgaris%20CA3_zps8pfwbkr5This is one of my favourites,  as it has such a broad use for the respiratory system  -Thyme.  It contains a volatile oil known as thymol and has a strong antibacterial action.   Its action is carminative, spasmolytic, and anti-tussive,  A  relaxing expectorant, and  with its antibacterial  properties it is a strong choice in respiratory formulas.  Specifically used for whooping cough and bronchitis it can also assist in cases of asthma, throat infections, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and is suitable for  all children’s respiratory problems, pneumonia and pleurisy.

 

Another old faithful standby to have in the medicine cupboard is EUCALYPTUS  (Eucalyptus gobulus).    It contains volatile oils of  cineol, eucalyptol 80-85%.  Its action is antiseptic,  helps to bring down a fever, has  antibiotic properties is a respiratory disinfectant, antispasmodic, and expectorant.  It can be very effectively used as an inhalation using 30-40 drops of essential oil in a large bowl of hot steaming water.  Prepare your steam bowl with the oil,  place on a table,  drape a large towel over your head and shoulders and the bowl  to enclose the steam.  Breathe deeply and slowly.  Relax and enjoy for 10-20 minutes depending upon preference.

It is helpful in relieving blockages of the respiratory tracts, treating asthma, bronchitis, chest infections, colds, coughs, catarrh, blocked nasal passages and sinusitis  It can also be used as a gargle for throat infections  and tonsillitis.

Jill Meredith has one of the largest herbal medicine dispensary’s on the Central Coast.  For herbal enquiries go to our website naturoapthcentralcoast or call 43442704.

 

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