With all this beautiful autumnal weather, it’s impossible to imagine that winter is just around the corner. But, unfortunately, chilly weather will soon be upon us, just like every year. Although colds and sniffles are rarely serious, a permanently runny nose can be very unpleasant, and you can feel under the weather for days.
We’ve surely all heard it said that treatment won’t make a cold go away any faster – and there’s more truth to that statement than pharmaceutical companies would have us believe. The best approach is to try and stop the illness before it even starts.
The immune system is made up of various factors that fight off pathogens. Colds are primarily passed on through droplets, mainly caused by sneezing. But unfortunately, viruses are often spread by the hands. Just think about all the packed trams and buses full of sniffing and coughing people, where it is impossible to avoid contact with others.
The simplest and most effective measure against colds is to wash your hands regularly. Many germs can be eradicated with soap and water alone. Along with the skin, the mucous membranes are the immune system’s first line of defence. To ensure that they can defend you properly, it is important that they are well moistened. Unfortunately, they are often dried out by central heating in winter. Make sure that you are drinking enough fluids – preferably warm drinks – and use an air humidifier if necessary. There are several models that offer an integrated aromatic oil diffuser. Eucalyptus and rosemary are good choices for cold weather.
Even though it’s chillier and less pleasant outside, a walk in the fresh air will help you to become accustomed to the colder temperatures. And if you go to bed earlier and ensure that you get your 8 hours of sleep a night, you should be fully armed against cold viruses.
If you still get infected, there are a number of natural remedies that could help to make sure your cold doesn’t hang around so long. Ask your therapist or a pharmacist for some advice about the best remedies.