The colder weather is upon us…where did the summer go? However, this is knitting season. Time to get out all those heavier yarns out and the mad rush to finish (or even start) Christmas knits: hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, cardigans…the list goes on.

But this is also cold and flu season, when both bacterial and viral infections are running rampant and we all have a tendency to get head and nasal congestion, a sore throat, coughing, headaches, sneezing and watery eyes.

I always get anxious at this time of year while waiting to get my flu jab I always seem to manage to catch a cold that delays getting the vaccine for a few weeks, leaving me open to more opportunity of catching a more sever flu.

Likes millions of other people I have asthma. I had it as a child, grew out of it and then it came back in my twenties with a vengeance. Cold weather is a big trigger so this time of year isn’t helpful when you live in the northern hemisphere. Likewise extreme heat can affect me along with stress.

Stress is everywhere these days. The modern lifestyle of running about doing so many things at once, with deadlines, deadlines, deadlines and no time to yourself.

In December 2008, I was very ill. I lost over two stone in weight within a 6 week period and my doctor was concerned. But after loads of blood tests everything came back clear and it was all put down to a viral infection. I had really bad flu symptoms over the Christmas holidays that year but eventually went back to work mid-January after 4 weeks sick.

Oh boy was that a big mistake. I was only back to work four weeks, struggling to get well during this time and it was obvious to everyone (but me) that I was seriously unwell. Mid-February came and I was driving the car into work one day and had to turn back to go straight into my doctors. I was taking a very bad panic attack.

I ended up off work until middle of July that year (2009) and got back to work slowly on a phased return. It was a very difficult time. Anxiety issues are very taboo and no-one wants to admit that they take panic attacks. I was very lucky to have a lot of support from family and friends; and I have made a lot of new friends along the way too.

Following my illness I went onto a train in holistic therapies. I studied Reflexology for a year first, then did some training in crystals before moving to reiki. I have done both Usui and Seichem reiki and find having been attuned in both very balancing as the Usui is the masculine energy and the Seichem (Egyptian) is the feminine energy.

So at this time of year my holistic skills are very useful. Over the next few weeks I’m going to post some things that you can do to help keep the bugs at bay during the autumn/winter season. So please do come back and join me.

Healing Crystals

This time of year I start wearing my Fluorite crystal. Fluorite, in particular the green variety, helps to ground excess energy and clears infections. It is really useful for absorbing negative energies within the environment so wearing will not only help keep your body free from infection but also negativity.

Moss agate is useful for removing toxins from the body and circularly systems. So this would be a very good crystal around the Christmas period when over-eating and lots of alcohol consumption occurs.

Green calcite us another crystal which can help the body rid of infections. It is particular useful when making a healing grid as it provides a barrier to diminish the effects of disease producing microorganisms.

Healing Crystal Elixir

As an alternative to a tradition throat spray you can make a crystal elixir to help ease the discomfort and heal at the same time. A healing crystal elixir is basically when you charge the energy forma crystal into water which you then drink. To do this place a crystal in a bowl and then place this bow inside a bigger bowl. Pour fresh purified water between the bowls (so that the crystal is not in contact with the water). Leave this to charge for approximately 1 hour.

After the charge has been completed you can gargle your throat with the purified water and repeat as often as needed. Blue lace agate is a great crystal for the throat. There are others that can be used as an alternative but this is the one that works best for me. Please fire me a comment if you have any questions about this.

Please note that any of the holistic suggestions in this post must not be used in place of medical advice. I am not a doctor and cannot give you medical advice. Holistic practices should be used as complimentary to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care. If you are at all concerned about your health and well-being please contact your doctor for advice.

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