Magnesium and calcium can help with muscle relaxation, as can Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt is magnesium-based and can be bought at any pharmacy. Use 1-4 cups in a bath, and soak to heal and soothe those aches and pains.
5) Common cold
Stress, travel, parties, diet, and weather can all influence the immune system, leading to cold-like symptoms. Dealing with sniffy, snotty, sneezy symptoms is no fun any time of year but especially at the holidays.
Remember health-saving tips such as hydration, washing hands, vitamin C (especially if constipated), saline nasal sprays for dry sinuses, good sleep, and immune herbs. These herbs include echinacea (must be taken at first sign of illness, not necessarily for autoimmune), elderberry, olive leaf, ginger and andrographis.
If any symptom becomes too much or does not improve, please talk with your health care provider right away. Also, check with your doctor before trying any new natural therapy. You'll want to make sure there is no conflict with current medications or health problems particularly if you are pregnant, or wish to try these natural solutions on a child. The goal is to have a safe and happy holiday season!
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Reviewed December 24, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith