Hey lovelies! How are you all keeping?
I’ve had an awful cold for the last couple of weeks that has kept me from doing pretty much everything but the basics, and when you have kids, basic is plenty.
When I say an awful cold, I mean the whole complement of aches, pains and discomforts. From a red, inflamed and blocked nose, to headaches, dizziness and general crappy state of body and mind.
I’m still not over it, not fully, but definitely on the mend.
I decided to treat the syntoms at home rather than going to the doctor. There is a tendency in some (most) doctors in Ireland to prescribe antibiotics whether you need them or not, and since I wasn’t going to take antibiotics, there was no point in going.
I always try to the natural route to battle any illness. I like the idea of supporting my own body while it battles whatever is attacking it. There are plenty of natural treatments to help your body get over a bad dose of cold.
Warm Salty Water for a Stuffy Nose
If you’ve ever been tumbled by the waves in the sea, you’d know that salty water is the best thing to clean your nose. Besides cleaning, the salt also helps removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose so it helps both in the short and the long term. Good, isn’t it?
For a simple recipe for salty water is mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of warm water. Use a bulb syringe or nasal irrigation kit to squirt water into the nose. Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Repeat two to three times, then treat the other nostril.
The best gargle for sore throats is salty water (yes! salt again!). – one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water 4 times a day will sooth your throat while getting rid of bacteria.
To reduce the tickle of your throat, try mixing some one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water. Let it cool to room temperature before gargling.
Take a Steamy Hot shower
I love super hot showers anyway so this, for me, is the perfect excuse to have an extra long shower. The steam in the shower will help clean the nasal passages and help relax the sore muscles. If you are feeling dizzy or you have the flu, just run a hot shower and sit beside it in order to get the full benefit of the steam.
Drink Hot Liquids
Hot drinks are great to relieve nasal congestion, help you stay hydrated and sooth the membranes in your throat and nose. My favourite hot drink when I’m feeling sick is orange juice, hot water and honey. A hot toddy and herbal teas are also great options.
Eat Cold-Fighting Foods
Some immune-boosting and cold-fighting foods are:
– Bananas and rice will help with an upset stomach
– Vitamin C foods such as oranges, peppers, kale, broccoli, papaya, strawberry, cauliflower…
– Blueberries are high in natural aspirin.
– Garlic has antibacterial properties
– Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory
All these natural tips combined with some fruit and veg should hopefully help you get back on your feet in no time. Of course, there are times when a visit to the doctor and their recommended course of treatment is the only solution – let’s just hope things don’t get that bad.
Be kind to yourself.
Look after yourself