During my recent visit to Austin, I had the privilege of taking several classes with Craig Williams. Craig is among many other things an Oriental Medicine Doctor and Ayurvedic Practitioner who offers a wide range of classes and workshops related to physical, mental, and spiritual health. Here are a few takeaways from his recent class Natural Solutions For the Cold and Flu Seasons:

Prevention: Protect Yourself From The Common Cold

• Decrease or eliminate sugar and alcohol for the winter

• Frequently wash your hands with warm soapy water

• Use a neti pot daily to cleanse your sinuses and keep colds and flu bugs from entering your system

• Consume Probiotics to maintain GI health (70-80% of your immune system lives here)

• Use essential oils in diffuser, ceramic lamp rings, shower tablets, or rooms sprays (examples include tea tree, eucalyptus, and/or lavender) to clean the air you breath

• Take Epsom salt baths with essential oils

• Sleep a lot

Herbal Remedies For Cold Prevention Or Immune Boosting:

• Echinacea + Elderberry (at onset of cold – read labels for dosage) *best in syrup form

• Osho Root + Reishi (great if you often have regular upper respiratory issues)

• American Ginseng (if you have deficient Qi)

• Andrographis (gargle to clear a sore throat)

• Chyavanprash (Ayurvedic formula to boost the immune system and body)

• Triphala (Ayurvedic formula to promote elimination and digestive track health)

Posted by: Melina Meza

Visit the 8 Limbs Boutique for an assortment of neti pots and salts, Chyavanprash, and soon, other Ayurvedic herbs from local Ayurvedic doctor Virender Sodhi (Anne Phyfe’s primary physician).

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