New Product Friday ~ Sinu-Care

This is a product I have used for a few years now in the Fall. I use it for itchy, sneezing nose. It is herbal, veggie caps, very mild, but effective.

sinucare
http://www.pennherb.com/cgi-bin/herbstore.cgi/go?;4004

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Homeopathy For Colds and Flu

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses natural substances in micro-doses. Homeopathic medicines are used to treat many conditions, such as allergies, flu-like symptoms, cough and cold, pre-menstrual syndrome, arthritic pain, etc. It is regulated by the FDA and has no drug interactions, you can use it with other medications. (Please see your doctor and check with them first before trying any new pill)

To learn more about Homeopathy:
http://www.boironusa.com/homeopathy/what-is-homeopathy.html

Oscillococcinum
Oscillococcinum has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu symptoms.

See link below for trial info:
http://www.oscillo.com/medical/default.html

Cold Calm reduces cold symptoms. Both of these have children’s dosages.

http://www.boironusa.com/products.aspx?pageid=15&pcat=56&pcat2=0&prodid=18

Your natural health food store, Whole Foods and maybe some drug stores should carry these products. Good to have on hand!

AN UPDATE:
There are MANY different types of homeopathic remedies for the different types of flu symptoms, this blog is a huge resource if you’re going shopping…..
http://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/WellPath.Holistic.Clinic.919-960-9049/2009/5/Homeopathic-suggestions-in-time-of-swine-flu/232771

One interesting piece of info is that if you’ve had a vaccine, DON’T take Influenzinum 200C.

New Product Friday

Going with the theme of sinus problems, cold, flu and allergies at this time of year….no one should be without this:

Aveda Blue Oil

Click Below to purchase it, or find it at a local shop or salon:

http://www.aveda.com/templates/products2/spp.tmpl?ngextredir=1&CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY10699&PRODUCT_ID=PROD5911

Aveda’s Blue Oil Balancing Concentrate  is a blend of peppermint and Blue Chamomile.

Apply under nostrils, like Vicks. The rollerball allows you to use it on the back of the neck and shoulders. I rollerball it on my fingers, then put it on my face, just outside the nostrils at the sinus pressure points.  Use it on the temples and jaw, too, to release tension…

(My only word of warning: avoid it too close to the eyes!) The peppermint will get ya! 🙂

Sinusitis

Massage for the sinuses are definitely something to think about if you have sinusitus and/or allergies. Here are a few things that will help:

    1. Sinus Massage: To promote drainage and alleviate congestion, perform a sinus massage.

    2. Acupressure: Utilize the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by applying pressure to specific acupoints.

    3. Cranial Sacral Therapy: Because it moves stagnant cerebrospinal fluid within the bones of the skull, cranial sacral techniques create an influx of circulation, which consequently eases sinus pressure. This technique is especially useful for head, jaw, eye and ear pain from chronic sinusitis.

    4. Lymphatic Drainage Massage: Because this manual technique stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid, it helps the body thin out mucus. Especially when applied to lymph vessels in the head and neck, properly applied lymphatic drainage massage can reduce congestion and sinus pressure.

After any bodywork treatment, drink plenty of extra water to flush out the system. I can do all therapies listed above! See www.carriehura.abmp.com to find me at Salon West.

Adapted from: Four Ways Massage Therapy Helps Sinusitis Sufferers
by Nicole Cutler, L.Ac.
http://www.integrative-healthcare.org/mt/archives/2009/10/four_ways_massa.html

How to Neti

Neti is so great for this time of the year for many reasons: preventing flu/colds, lessening the severity of said colds, and allergies, and cleansing. Some doctors are prescribing a saline wash for people who work in allergy-producing environments. In cold, dry weather, I used to get bloody noses…not any more!

What I hear most often is the fear people have of water in their nose. Believe me, I COMPLETELY understand. I don’t even like to go under water! But, given about a week, you will get used to the gentle feeling, and be clear and breathing more freely.

One contraindication for using a Neti pot is having a deviated septum; the water just won’t go through to the other side. Utilizing a saline wash bottle will be effective.

Steps:
1. Prepare the Neti pot with warm, not hot or cold, water. Add saline pack or measured sea salt.

2. Lean head to side over the sink. Open mouth and begin to breathe in and out through the mouth.

3. Insert tube of Neti pot into the most open nostril, tilt pot and let the water flow. Pour about half of the contents into one side. Turn head opposite, then pour the rest of the water through.

Gently blow nose, clearing it of all water. If your sinuses tend toward dryness, you can oil the nasal passages with a premade oil called nasya.
Try this one from Banyan Botanicals:
http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/prodinfo.asp?number=3181&variation=&aitem=1&mitem=2
If not available, you can use any natural oil like sesame or olive.

How often to Neti:
The yogis suggest once a day in the morning. If your have a cold or allergies, you can do it twice a day or more.