There are lots of great things that you might associate with the autumn and winter months such as fun holidays, seasonal hot drinks, cozy knitted sweaters and snow. Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-great things that come with the colder weather such as colds, coughs and sneezes. While the average adult will get a cold a couple of times throughout the year, it can seem as though it’s impossible to get through the winter months without catching one, and you’re more likely to notice the number of people in your office, school, or local grocery store sniffing and sneezing around you.

If you want to avoid catching a cold this winter, there are several things that you can do to keep yourself healthy such as dressing warmly, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, washing your hands after using public transport and taking extra vitamins every morning. Some people also use different medicines such as nasal-sprays or herbal remedies to help prevent sickness when the cold weather sets in. However, if you’re staying warm and eating well and would like some extra protection from the cold then there is another natural option: gemstones.

Many gemstones are associated with healing and protective energies which make them very popular with men and women who may want to stay healthy or get over symptoms of an illness quickly. There are gemstones that can help to boost your immune system, stones for building strength and even gems for helping to soothe headaches, meaning that whether you’ve already caught a cold or just want to prevent one, mother nature has the perfect stone for you.

If you want to prevent yourself from catching a cold, a good idea is to make sure that your immune system is working well and able to tackle any germs that might come your way. A great stone for energizing the body and keeping you healthy is the Garnet which will help to get rid of any negative energies that might cause you to feel a little bit under the weather as well as giving your mood a lift - if your thoughts are healthy and happy, then your body will be too. The best way to benefit from a Garnet’s natural energies is to wear it on your body such as on a chain around your neck or as part of a bracelet. Alternatively, you could slip one in your coat pocket before you head off to enjoy the snow this winter!

If you’re unlucky enough to catch a cold despite all the preventative steps you’ve been taking then an Amber might be the perfect stone for you. Ambers are known for their cleansing and purifying energies which will help your body to get rid of any germs causing you to feel unwell. Keeping an amber in your pocket during the day or next to your pillow while you sleep should help to boost your body’s natural healing powers and keep those annoying cold symptoms at bay, meaning that you can continue to enjoy the season without a cough or sneeze getting in your way.

If you tend to suffer from blocked sinuses or a stuffy nose when you have a cold then it’s a good idea to keep a Selenite nearby. Selenites are associated with clearing blockages, both mental and physical, and helping to restore the body’s natural harmonies. Additionally, a Selenite can also help with headaches or temporary hearing issues caused by your illness. An easy way to let the stone work its magic is to put on a film or some relaxing music, climb into bed and try to stay calm and at peace. Once you start to relax, it will be much easier for your body to absorb the healing, positive energies that the Selenite projects, and you should soon start to notice a difference in the way that you feel.

It’s important to take care of yourself during the colder months whether that means eating a few extra pieces of fruit each day or wearing a thick wooly hat when you go outside. If you do catch a cold, try to rest as much as you can and avoid spending too much time in the rain or snow as that can cause a cold to last even longer. Using gemstones is a great way to boost your body’s own healing powers and to keep germs and negative energies at bay, but it’s important to still keep any eye on your symptoms and see a doctor or pharmacist if they persist or seem to get worse as time goes on.

By Al Jazeera English - DC Snowstorm Feb, CC BY 2.0