My Sick-Day Necessities
I have found myself stuck in bed for the last 4 days with an awful head and chest cold, and a high fever. I went to the doctor who said my illness was just viral, and only time and rest would help me. We all know I’m not one to just wait around and do nothing, so here is what I did these past few days that have helped me the most.
PLENTY OF WATER- I mean drink so much water you feel like you’re drowning in water. Yes, you will pee a lot, that is good! Water helps replenish the fluids that are lost from a fever or excess coughing, and can help move mucous in the body. Often we get colds in the Winter, which is why water is so important, because the air is drier in the Winter and we are usually more dehydrated.
CHEW GARLIC- Okay….ew, I know. But, it is actually the most useful thing I do, no joke! Garlic has antibacterial properties that help to breakdown bad bacteria in the throat. As soon as you start to feel symptoms of a sore throat, chew a small spoonful of garlic for as long as you can and then swallow it. Make sure you don’t do this on an empty stomach because some people can have a hard time with just garlic on its own (even a small piece of bread will do).
TAKE ECHINACEA- Echinacea enhances your immune system by increasing the amount of white blood cells in your body, which help to fight infections and can increase your chances of preventing a cold. I take echinacea once in the morning and once before bed during cold season, or as soon as I start to feel a cold coming on.
NETI POT- When your inevitable cold strikes, use Neti Pot to help clear your sinuses naturally, and get the stuck mucous moving again. I do this as needed, but it is my favourite before bed so I can breathe through my nose while I sleep!
LEMON AND HONEY TEA- It’s time to soothe your sore throat! Not only is this a great way to increase your water intake, it can also help with any irritations or soreness in your throat. I use a lemon tea with lots of hot water, and add organic honey. Super simple and soothing!
ESSENTIAL OILS- I use DoTerra Eucalyptus, which I add to a fragrance-free cream and rub onto the soles of my feet (covered with thick socks), my chest, and under my nose. This helps clear my breathing passageways and is antibacterial and antiviral! I also use DoTerra Deep Blue and rub it on the base of my neck and up into my hairline, as well as any sore muscles. When I have a cold I experience body aches and muscle soreness which Deep Blue really helps to release.
COUGH LOZENGES- Just some more soothing for your sore throat! Lozenges increase the production of saliva in the mouth which helps fight dryness during a cold. I use Ricola Honey Lemon with Echinacea!
These are my 8 go-to products for cold season and they have been helping me survive the past few days!
Let me know which products are your favourite! Stay healthy my friends!