Winter you finally got to me!! I don't get sick often, it's usually once a year, but when I do it really hits me. I mean laying on the couch all day, with my fluffy robe and blanket, tissue box next to me and coughing up a storm. Yes it's very attractive, I wish you could see it.
So what I do is allow myself at least one day to rest and let me body do its thing and then after that I begin my natural remedy routine. I usually hate taking medicine unless I really, really need it, so for a cold or sore throat I always go the natural route. That's what mom always did and it worked for us growing up, so lets say I'm following in mom's foot steps and keeping the tradition going.
Here are a few tips I follow, I hope they bring you health in this winter season:
- Take a warm shower/bath, rub some vapor rub (yes mom did this every time we got sick and I still do it myself) on your feet, chest and back (the back can be tricky if you live on your own like I do but you can get creative for that) and put on your comfy pjs and grab your fluffy blanket to cuddle up with on the couch.
- Drink warm brought, soup, and teas. Warm drinks will help you stay hydrated, so stay away from caffeine until you get better.
- Gargle warm water and salt (I use to hate doing this but of course mom wouldn't let me get away from it) I use to hate it because of the taste but now I do it because I know it can soothe the soreness in my throat and also helps to get rid of mucus..yuck!!
- Warm water with lemon and honey! I usually do this at night but I include my Honey Lemon Ginseng Tea and Wee Bee Honey to help me relax before bed time.
- Throat lozenges, also known as cough drops, they will help to keep your throat and mouth moist.
- Gargle apple cider vinegar with warm water and a pinch of cayenne, it will help you to fight any infection due to its antibacterial properties.
- Use a humidifier, I usually have them for my plants, but I will borrowing it for myself for now. The humidifier will help to keep your throat from drying out, specially while you sleep. You can also add essential oil, like lavender to help you relax before bed.