The Power of Warmth

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October 2012

The Power of Warmth

Falling temperatures and wet weather place considerable demands on our warmth organism: cold feet mean that the mucous membranes of the nose and throat are less well supplied with blood; invading viruses have it easy and the threat of colds and infections increases. We need to stoke up our body’s heat.

Tip 1: Light and warmth

With the advent of a cold, the warmth organism is turned on its head: hands and feet which are usually warm feel cold, while the head feels hot. In this phase, and again during the convalescent phase, WALA Meteoreisen Globuli velati* are particularly helpful. They contain the active substances rock crystal (quartz), meteoric iron (Ferrum siderum) and phosphorus. These all have a special relationship with light and warmth, and hence strengthen the body's own immune defences.

Tip 2: Warming footbath

A footbath with increasingly hot water is a very good way of warming the body right through. For this, place your feet in a footbath with water that is just pleasantly warm, and then gradually add more hot water until the bath reaches a temperature of around 40 °C. It takes just 15 minutes for the body to warm through. After drying your feet, pull on some woolly socks to keep them warm for longer.

Tip 3: Soothing throat compress

If you have a sore throat, lemon compresses will alleviate the pain. Add the juice of half an organic lemon to hot water and use this to moisten a thin cotton cloth (cloth handkerchief). Wring it out well. Place it, as warm as possible, on the front of the neck, leaving the spine uncovered. Then wrap a woollen scarf around the neck. Leave the compress to work for half an hour. Continue to keep the neck warm.

Tip 4: Warming chest compress

Chest rubs or compresses with WALA Plantago Bronchialbalsam** provide useful support for cough sufferers. Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata) soothes the cough and acts as an anti-inflammatory, while warming beeswax additives fortify the affected bronchial space. Rub the chest and back with WALA Plantago Bronchialbalsam and wrap the chest in a pre-warmed (e.g. just ironed) cloth. Then wrap a woollen scarf around the chest. For best results, leave on overnight.

Tip 5: Fever as a self-healing reaction

„Give me the power to induce a fever, and I will cure any disease“ - so said Parmenides, a physician of ancient times. Nowadays this insight enjoys broad scientific acceptance: fever is not an illness; rather it is a form of reaction by the immune system to overcome diseases. Temperatures above 38.5 °C make living conditions considerably worse for bacteria and viruses and the body is able to more rapidly eliminate their poisonous metabolic products. Hence a fever may be allowed to persist for a day or two, as long as the adult’s or child’s temperature does not exceed 39.9 °C.

Required product information

*WALA Meteoreisen Globuli velati (meteoric iron globules)
Indications according to the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature. These include: Flu-like infections, prolonged convalescence and general exhaustion. Warning: Contains sucrose

** WALA Plantago Bronchialbalsam (bronchial balm)
Indications according to the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature. These include: Catarrhal, inflammatory disorders of the airways. Warning: Contains wool fat and peanut oil.

For information on risks and side-effects please read the pack insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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