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The Common Cold

We all have had a cold and they range from a sniffle for a few days to a blocked nose that makes it uncomfortable at night time. You end up not sleeping well, breathing through the mouth which dries it out. Many a time, even though I don’t often have a cold, have I laid in bed massaging thumbs and fingers to decongest the nostrils with great success.

A common cold can last up to two weeks if you don’t do anything and it will last two weeks when you use some decongestants. Do seek medical care though if you have a high fever or if this fever lasts more than five days or if you have any other discomforts such as wheezing or shortness of breath. When in doubt, have it checked.common-cold-and-sinuses-on-face

A combination of hand and face reflexology as well as a couple of acupressure points are very useful tools to make breathing more comfortable. On the hand, the whole thumb and all fingers can be massaged to help clear a blocked nose and/or sinuses.
A short video shows those points to work to help decongest nose and sinuses, check it out here.

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A great recipe that has been tried and tested using ingredients that are found in the kitchen also helps boost the immune system.

Recipe for colds

150ml water
60gr cloves
2 cloves of garlic, crushed or sliced
Ginger slices
Honey
Lemon juice
Cayenne pepper

Add cloves, garlic and ginger to water, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour through sieve to collect the fluid, add juice from one lemon.
This quantity needs to be divided over a few cups throughout the day. Pour a bit into a cup; add boiling water, honey and some cayenne pepper.

All in all, there are many natural ways to help the common cold along. Try them. A series of Reflexology treatments is wonderful to boost and strengthen the immune system so that the body is stronger at times of exposure to bacteria and viruses. At all times though, if you are not sure what is happening, the symptoms last too long, there is a high fever, consult your local general practitioner for a diagnoses.

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