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Natural Remedies For A Cold

Health & wellness expert, Aimee Raupp, shares natural remedies for treating a cold.

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Hello, everyone.

Okay. [inaudible 00:00:04].

Bye. Thank you.

You're welcome.

Our cleaning ladies are just leaving. Hi, everyone. I missed you guys last week and I was almost gonna miss you this week, but then I figured I have a cold. Let's come live anyway. I'm gonna keep it short and sweet, because I am not feeling awesome by any means.

I'm not sure. Maybe I caught the flu? But, not quite positive that it's the flu. I just feel … It started with … I guess, we were in Florida. We went down to Palm Beach. My husband I took a little trip last week. We left on Thursday and we came back on Sunday.

It was lovely. We had a really nice time and the sun felt really good. But, I had this scratchy throat, which I can get from time to time and I always take this. This is like my classic, Chinese, herbal remedy that I always take. It's called Superior Sore Throat Powder.

You can find it at many of the Chinese herbal stores. I think the … I'll have to post a link to it, because I can't even tell you what it is in Chinese right now, because my head isn't totally working. Anyway, I used this a little bit. I'll always travel with a netty pot, so I use the netty pot.

I slept a lot. I went to bed at 8:30 one of the nights we were on vacation. We took really hot baths, and slept a lot, and had a really nice time. I stayed on diet pretty much. I maybe had a little more alcohol than I normally would, but not really even.

Maybe a drink at the pool during the day. Like my vodka soda with some grapefruit juice. But, anyway the flight home I started to not feel so wonderful and while we were away my little guy got … He had a little cough, and so he got his first ever head cold. That was like a legitimate head cold.

He's had some snotty sneezies with teething and he had two stomach viruses to date, but besides that he's never been sick, he's never missed a day of school or anything like that. He had to miss … He hasn't gone to school yet this week.

He missed Monday and Wednesday and we'll decide if … He's still a little snotty, so maybe he'll go tomorrow? But, anyway on the flight home I started to not feel so great. But, my period was coming and I thought maybe it was that. I don't know.

But, we got home and he was sick and so happy to see us. And so, my sister-in-law was really sick. She caught the same cold he had, so it was obviously in the house. I hadn't taken any of my vitamins. I didn't take any of my vitamins with me on the trip, so that could've …

Usually if I'm feeling a little under the weather I take extra doses of my cod liver oil and extra probiotics. I didn't have either of those with me, so I probably fell a little off kilter there.

I did have some kombucha, but I don't know if it was the same. Anyway, the night we got back Sunday night he slept in our bed for a little bit. And then, I put him in his crib. When I woke up Monday morning I wasn't feeling that bad, I was kind of just feeling the same.

Like, scratchy throat, little congested. But, he was pretty sick. And so, I decided not to go to work, because A, I could be contagious. B, I wanted to be home with my baby. I was just away from him for four days and he was sick and needed his momma.

I stayed home and took care of myself. I did lots of bone broth with garlic. There's garlic chunks in here. I don't know if you can see that. Lots and lots of bone broth. Lots and lots of … This is … I'll show you some of my favorite … This is something new.

My sister-in-law got this. She knows that Aimee approved substances aren't super easy to find, but we found this and I love it. I've been taking it and James has been taking it. It's basically honey, sea salt, cinnamon, clove, apple cider vinegar, lemon balm, zinc, ginger, thyme, and oregano.

It's all kitchen cupboard ingredients. And so, this was amazing. And then, on Monday I made a new bath of this. This is my homemade elderberry syrup, which I was taking. As well as James … It's so funny. This tastes like honey, this does not. This tastes like a little bit of honey, but kind of tumeric-y, kind of garlic-y.

My son prefers this to this, which is really quite interesting. The elderberry syrup I always have on hand. Of course I was out this time when we were traveling, so my sister-in-law didn't have that to give to him. But, I made a fresh batch of this on Monday and he was gulping it up.

I put it on my Insta Stories and I think we're gonna share the images today too, so you guys can see how to make your own. It's super, duper easy. I don't think it's on my Insta Stories anymore, but we did save the images. And so, I think Beth's gonna post some of them.

But, anyway that was … Oh. And then, Monday another key thing that … I continue to netty pot. I always put sea salt in my netty and I always netty with filtered water and a little bit of boiled water. That's how I do it.

I do filtered water from my Berkey, like three quarters. And then, about a quarter of boiled water. That way it's a little warm, but it's fresh, boiled water, sea salt.

I netty potted on Monday, took my syrup … Epsom salt. These are magnesium salt flakes. Epsom salt baths. I took one on Monday with James, which helped him a lot. And then, before he went to bed I rubbed him down with eucalyptus and clove oil. I mix it with some drops.

I basically put like an ounce of coconut oil in my palm and maybe four or five drops of each, rub it together, and I just rub it all over his body. I really get his feet and put socks on his feet.

I think Monday I was more focused on him and not so much on me. That's what happens being a momma. Right? And so, I was kind of doing my stuff, but not so much. And so, Monday night he slept in our bed. Which means I never get a good night sleep. My husband and him seem to just sleep in sync.

They snore together. They're like two little peas in a pod and I don't sleep. So, at like 4:00 AM I went into our guest bedroom and tried to get some sleep. I had an early morning … I have a home visit that I do on Tuesday mornings, so I have to leave for the city by … I have to get on a 7:00 AM train, so that's getting up at 6:00 usually.

At like 5:00 something in the morning I woke up and my throat was on fire. I mean, felt like I was breathing glass. I texted my client's assistant and said … I had already given her a heads up the day before and I said there's just no way. I'm not gonna come in and get anybody sick.

So, then I had to cancel. I think I had 17 patients on schedule on Tuesday in the clinic, so on Monday I canceled probably about 10 in my [NIAID 00:07:10] clinic. Then, Tuesday had to cancel about 17.

If you guys don't know me in the clinic, I hate rescheduling my day, because A, I love to be of service and I love to be there for my clients. But, B, I'm not in the clinic that often. So, it's a huge pain in the ass to reschedule. My schedule's pretty tight to begin with and it really takes a lot for me to cancel things.

But, that being said I also think it's completely irresponsible to go to work if I could at all be sick or contagious and get anybody else sick. Especially since I deal with so many women either trying to get pregnant, early in the pregnancy, or anywhere in their pregnancy I definitely don't want to get momma and new baby sick.

So, I had to cancel my day and that always dissapoints, but it is what it is. Tuesday I started taking, I guess a little better … I had help. My sitter was here and my mom showed up around like 3:00. I took a little better care of myself on Tuesday. And so, by that I mean basically I have all these things in front of me.

I was still doing my sore throat powder, netty potting like twice a day, really hot steam showers with eucalyptus and clove essential oils. Any brand will do. I just have these Now Essential oils. I don't know. Someone gave them to me.

I typically use mountain rose herbs. Those are the essential oils I use in all my Aimee Raupp beauty products and those are the ones I recommend and purchase for at the clinic as well.

I was taking lots of my homemade elderberry syrup, drinking basically just broth. I don't think I've really had any other food in the last couple of days. I had some eggs this morning. My mom made some chicken last night. I had a little bit of chicken, but … She made some cauliflower rice, so I had that too.

Today's Thursday. Right? So, yeah. Tuesday … Oh. I'm trying to remember the days now. Isn't this funny? Tuesday was kind of not as bad as yesterday. Yesterday I woke up and I felt like I was in a car accident, so that's the first sign where I thought, “Maybe I have the flu?”

My husband was actually traveling. He left Tuesday to go down to Baltimore for work and he came back last night, because I in the middle of the night texted him and I said it hurts to breathe. My sweet husband was like, “Okay. I'm gonna come home tonight. I'll see you in a little bit.”

It did. It really hurt to breathe. Everything hurt, but it was like dry. That was the thing. Anyway, I have this little humidifier. He makes funny of me and calls it my spa humidifier, because it's basically … He calls it the Ewok humidifier.

It's like this tiny little thing, but it's basically an essential oil diffuser. But, it bubbles out water and it's like this little bamboo thing. It's cute. I put that next to my night stand with eucalyptus in it and that really helped … It hurt less to breathe, because I think the dryness really took over.

In the middle of the night I got up and I put coconut oil inside my nostrils, I gargled with saltwater. That all helped and allowed me to go back to sleep, but Tuesday into Wednesday night … Tuesday night into Wednesday morning I also … I had the baby in bed with me, so I never really sleep that great when he's there.

But, I just couldn't get comfortable. I was in pain, my body hurt, it hurt to breather. And so, I think I maybe slept two or three hours Tuesday into Wednesday. And so, my mom was here thankfully, and so I was able to get up for a little bit with the baby and my mom.

And then, I went back to bed yesterday and I slept from like 11:00 until 4:00 in the afternoon. 4:30. Something like that, and then I went back to bed at 8:00. I had the luxury obviously of having support, but even if my mother hadn't planned to be here I know she would've come to be here to support me.

Like I said, basically all I've been doing … I feel better today. I also yesterday did go off label a little and I took some Aleve, because I needed it. My body hurt so much. My head was pounding and yesterday I had two interviews for Body Belief, two podcasts. I had three online consults and a webinar. All of which we had to cancel, which was such a bummer to me.

One of my consults actually had taken the day off of work to do this consult with me and I just felt horrible for having to cancel, but I also realize my brain is kind of mush and just filled with flem. She's paying me for a service, so I just can't do it.

As tough as it is for me to say no and that's why I'm sharing it with you guys, I did it, because it was in the name of my health and that really has to be the priority. Anyway, what I'm doing … I feel a little better today. I'm still not at all 100%. I'm hoping to be able to go to work tomorrow.

I moved most of my Tuesday clients to Friday, so fingers crossed I work tomorrow. I've kind of been answering some emails today. Like, I'm a little more alert, and awake, and alive, and I slept … I went to bed at like 8:00 last night, and I slept until 8:00 today, the baby stayed in his crib. So, I got a really good night sleep.

But, I'm doing my vinegar tonic. This is from my upcoming book, Body Belief. It's just seltzer water, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. I think it's like two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a quarter teaspoon of maple syrup. Really good digestion.

Bone broth with garlic, netty pot, and lots, and lots, and lots of Aimee Raupp Beauty facial cupping for getting the sinuses going and draining. We love the facial cupping for collagen production and smooth, beautiful skin. But, lots of facial cupping.

It was funny. I did an Insta Story last night. I think I was in the same sweatshirt. This is how sick I am, I didn't even shower or change for you guys. I did brush my teeth. Someone commented on the Insta Story about how great my skin looked and I laughed, because I was like, “Well, because I've been facial cupping like all day.”

And, I have this cough. I'm doing lots of my elderberry syrup. Probably, I'd say like four tablespoons a day. I'm doing probably four or five of these a day with at least one to two cloves of garlic in each. As much of this as I can get in. At least two to three netty pots a day, hot steam showers, hot baths with Epsom salt.

I don't know if I'll need any Aleve today. I haven't taken any, but if I need it I will take it. That's what modern medicine is good for. My throat feels much better, so I don't need my sore throat anymore.

Right now it's just really mucous, and congestion, and body aches that I'm still dealing with. I'm just gonna rest, and I'm gonna listen to my body, and I'm gonna take a nap after this, and hopefully get myself rested for tomorrow so I can go to work.

I'll take a nice, hot Epsom salt bath before my nap. And then, with eucalyptus … Like kind of do a body rub down with eucalyptus and coconut oil. And, that's it. That's what the health guru does when she gets a cold. We all get colds.

I got one. It got me and I'm embracing it too, as my assistant Beth said yesterday. Because, I was really resistant to canceling the day yesterday and she encouraged me to, which is another amazing thing about having such great support in your life.

These people … Like my husband coming home from Baltimore, and my assistant Beth, my mom. Just such incredible support. She just said, “You just need to slow down. If you keep doing it … ” You know?

And then, I really have to think about the fact that people that see me in the clinic or the people that do consults with me. You guys pay me for a service and most of you are paying me for my brain, not my face.

And so, I deserve to … You deserve 100% Aimee and I have to remember that. That a 50% Aimee isn't good for anyone, so it's important that I rest and I take care of myself.

With that I'm gonna hang up on you guys, because I need to rest and take care of myself. But, I promise to come to you next week full force back in action. I'll see you then. Okay. Love you guys. Bye.

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Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, is a renowned women’s health & wellness expert and the author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, and Body Belief. A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York, she holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. Aimee is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products. She has appeared on The View, and has been featured in Glamour, Allure, Well + Good, GOOP, Shape, and Redbook, and has received endorsements from Deepak Chopra, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Arianna Huffington, and Gabby Bernstein for her work in helping thousands of women to improve their vitality, celebrate their beauty, and reconnect to the presence of their optimal health. Aimee is also an active columnist for media outlets such as Thrive Global and MindBodyGreen and is a frequent speaker at women’s health & wellness conferences across the nation. She engages her large community worldwide through her online programs and with her website, www.aimeeraupp.com.


About Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc

Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, is a renowned women’s health & wellness expert and the best- selling author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, and Body Belief. A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York, she holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. Aimee is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products. This article was reviewed AimeeRaupp.com's editorial team and is in compliance with our editorial policy.


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