Though you do not have to use saline solution (room temperature water does the same thing) a saline solution can be especially good if you have an infection or the beginnings of one. It can also take the sting our of doing a Neti when you pour the water through. If you do use a saline solution, usually approximately 1/4 tsp of non-iodized, kosher, sea salt or special “neti-wash” salt added to room temperature, preferably distilled, water will do the trick. You can play with adjusting the salt levels until you no longer feel the “sting”.
Elderflower or Elderberry (Sambucus) boosts the production of cytokines, a unique protein that aids regulating immune response, helping the body to defend against disease. Research shows that Elderberry may even be a more powerful antioxidant that Vitamins C or E. This can be used throughout the cold and flu season as prevention and treatment.
Goldenseal is often used in conjunction with echinacea in supplements intended for the treatment of upper respiratory infections. It is a powerful and popular herb that stimulates the secretion and flow of bile and can be used as an expectorant as well.
Garlic is truly a wonder. It is antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic and even has some anesthetizing properties, all of which make it ideal for prevention and treatment of colds and flu. Added benefits — Garlic helps stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol and blood pressure and is great for treating coughs.
The Thymus Gland
This gland is responsible for the number of T-lymphocyte (or T-cell) population in the body, which are critical cells to adaptive immune system. Recent advances in immunology are now allowing us to more fully understand the function of the thymus in T-cell maturation. But you don’t need to be a immunologist to make your thymus work for you. You can stimulate the thymus by gently tapping on your sternum (the thymus is located directly beneath it) stimulating the thymus and helping in production of T-cells used to fight dis-ease.
We can stimulate the thymus during massage as well as increase your circulation, relaxation and overall immunity. Come see us today and make this winter your best yet!
- Understanding the Immune System for Winter Wellness (wholefoodsmarket.com)
- Why Echinacea? (bestofmotherearth.com)
- Neti Pot: An Alternative Treatment for the Nose (brighthub.com)