Unless you’ve been living alone in a yurt, you’re bound to experience one of the colds or flus that this season has to offer. While I’m not a doctor, I can personally vouch for these natural remedies’ ability to make you feel better. If you aren’t suffering from mid-winter malaise, well, there’s no telling what they can do for you. Psst: These also make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts (or a perfect gift to self!).
A combination of therapeutic essential oils, massage, and reflexology, this sensory experience inspired by a Lakota Native American ritual flushes out toxins, destroys bacteria, and promotes healing. Expect relief from sore muscles, fatigue, and cold and flu symptoms afterward. $85 for 60 minutes, Sara Mattson Skin Therapy, 6420 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-922-1511, saraskin.com
Centuries after Asia and Europe discovered the healing powers of hydrotherapy, Fusion LifeSpa introduced a series of curative baths. The 30-minute self-guided soaks combine essential oils and alternating hot and cold temperatures to provide immediate relief from fatigue, jet lag, stress, bloating, and the common cold. Same-day appointments are available! $50, Fusion LifeSpa, 18142 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven, 952-345-3335, fusionlifespa.com
Spot Spa Northeast
A visit to Spot Spa’s new Northeast location, a whitewashed and exotic oasis, is good medicine in itself. Any combination of bodywork, energy healing, organic facials, and acupuncture under the tented ceilings of the spa’s serai-inspired rooms will leave you ready to face the urban jungle. 21 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-331-4182, spotspas.com
Before you turn your nose up at this age-old remedy, know this: The simple act of squirting warm water and salt up one nostril and out the other has turned many sinus and allergy sufferers into believers. The Ayurvedic practice (neti is Sanskrit for nasal cleansing) flushes out mucus, pollution, bacteria, and allergens like a natural decongestant. Don’t knock it until you try it. Available at drugstores and natural food stores for about $15