Quick Answer: YES
Taking a shower when you have a cold can be a refreshing and energizing experience.
How to boost the benefits of showering when you have a cold.
- Use products packed with essential oils.
Essential oils have historically been used as a form of alternative medicine. Extracted from plants, essential oils can be used for aromatherapy or applied to the skin to capture the essence and benefits of the plant. Here are our favorite oils to use when you have a cold:
- Eucalyptus Oil – Known for its anti-fungal and antibacterial perks to ward off germs that lead to sickness. Eucalyptus also helps to relieve congestion in the chest and nose and combat coughing, sneezing and stuffy nose by opening the airways.
- Peppermint Oil – Ability to relieve tension headaches and soreness and can also provide relief from sinus and cold congestion. Peppermint also is a natural energy boost that can help improve focus and concentration which is especially important to help lift you out of your sick cloudiness.
- Pine Extract – Praised for its ability to ease congestion and relax the body.
Showers are typically identified as beneficial due to their ability to cleanse and refresh the body and mind. But there are many additional benefits to showering such as helping to boost your immune system and fight off cold and flu symptoms.
- Morning Routine - A cold or lukewarm shower in the morning gets your circulation going.
- Evening Routine - A hot shower in the evening lowers your blood pressure and helps your body adjust to a relaxed and tired state.
- Hot/Cold Treatments - You can even get your immune system into shape by having cold showers, contrast showers by switching between cold and hot shower techniques and Kneipp affusions. Check out our different Water Cures.
If you have a temperature or fever, it’s simply too late to try strengthening the immune system with shower techniques. In such cases you should generally avoid showers all together. Your body temperature fluctuates when your immune system is weakened which puts an additional strain on the body’s defenses. These changes in temperature also change your body’s circulation which then triggers stress. Cortisone is the culprit: this releases it and it suppresses the immune system. A lukewarm shower will help to stabilize your body temperature and lower the strain your body is actively going through as it battles sickness.