There are many hypotheses for the higher infection rates during fall and winter: colder temperatures and the school season prompt people to spend more time indoors and increase the chances that viruses will spread, lower humidity levels allow the virus to survive easier, and the colder temperatures dry the tissues lining the nasal cavity making it more vulnerable to infection are just a few.
Regardless of why we see more colds, you can take an empowered position to your wellbeing as the seasons change. Let’s take a look at some other ways you could prevent a cold or at least minimize its effects:
- The mind-body connection fostered in a regular yoga
practice boosts your immunity.
- Chicken soup really does work wonders.
Try this recipe with miso!
- Rest. Plain and simple: take it easy.
- Essential oils: they work with the body to naturally stop the spread of a virus and support the immune system versus treating the symptoms. Favorites for treating a cold are Lemon Balm, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca and Lavender. Here is are some easy ways to work with oils for the common cold.