When it comes to avoiding coughs and colds, this year in particular, we all know about the importance of; hands, face & space, so proper hand-washing, avoiding touching your face and increasing your personal space requirements. But if, despite your best efforts, you have already managed to catch a cold or as the winter progresses you come down with that all too familiar feeling because because your child brought it home from school or your partner couldn’t quite avoid sharing their germs with you then there is something you can do.
Ideally we shouldn’t just soldier on when we get ill, rest and hydration are key but there are also some natural remedies that you might find useful to sooth your symptoms:
Raw set organic honey: mix two teaspoons into your regular herbal or green tea then add a splash of freshly squeezed lemon, this can help sooth a persistent cough,
Peppermint oil: add a few drops per 150ml of hot water and inhale deeply, this can cut through congestion and clear your airways,
Thyme: crush fresh leaves and add to boiling water, cover and steep for ten minutes then strain and drink, once cool enough, to relax your throat and sooth your cough,
Epsom salts: mix half a teaspoon with eight fluid ounces of water and gargle several times a day to calm your throat. Do not, however, drink this mixture under any circumstances.
N.B.: *This information is not however in anyway suggesting these options can cure covid-19, please follow government guidelines and if you have a high temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of taste/smell then it is imperitive you self-isolate and get tested.*
We at Romney Marsh Osteopaths now have extra measures in place to help keep us all safe over the winter, we are; triageing Osteo patients, taking temperatures at the door and wearing a mask and face-shield to do so, encouraging you to sanitise your hands and wear a mask in reception plus stick to the plastic pathway as you walk through.
After your treatment we are asking that you to sit behind our screen to make your next appointment, we are also, of course, cleaning touch points, couches, desks, chairs and floors between each patient and displaying our track and trace QR code above our sanitising station by the front door. We do however advise that you contact us to cancel your appointment if you feel unwell in the interests of everyone’s health.
Unfortunately, however, as cases are climbing, Institute of Osteopathy rules do not allow us to offer you the option to sit in our waiting area no matter how wet or cold it is outside, so please bear with us on this and stay in your car or shelter under our awning until your practitioner is ready for you.
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