Showering when you have a cold
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. A cold or lukewarm shower in the morning gets your circulation going. A hot shower in the evening lowers your blood pressure and helps your body adjust to a relaxed and tired state. 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. But what if you have a cold? Should you take a cold shower when sick?
Cold showers for the immune system?
If you have a temperature or fever, it’s simply too late to try strengthening the immune system with cold showers. In such cases you should generally avoid showers all together. If you have a cold, rather than influenza, you should shower at a pleasant temperature that is neither too hot nor too cold for your body.
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.
Essential Oils to Combat Cold and Flu Symptoms
In addition to your shower, we recommend adding products infused with essential oils that can help battle your cold symptoms. Our favorite herbs are:
- Eucalyptus Oil – Known for its antifungal 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.
- 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.
At Kneipp, we offer a collection of shower and bath products that contain these beneficial oils as their featured ingredient.