In honor of this head cold I’ve got, here’s 7 things I do to help feel better!
1) As soon as I feel a sore throat coming on, I gargle with raw apple cider vinegar. It tastes horrible, I won’t deny it, but it always works to keep from getting a throat infection. Two brands I have used are Bragg’s and Eden Organics. It has to be raw to get the antimicrobial effects of the live cultures.
2) I love Throat Coat tea when I get a cold or a cough. There is something in it that isn’t safe in large quantities for pregnant women, so do your research if you’re pregnant. Another great tea for coughs is fennel. You can chew on the seeds or simmer some in a cup or two of water for a while. I have kept a cup of the tea by my bed for sipping during the night. It calms that dry tickle cough that can keep you awake.
3) Garlic is amazing for your immune system and I try to get it in me any way I can when I’m sick. I will crush a couple cloves and steep them in broth, cook with it, and make this concoction my friend Sandee uses:
4) Another great use for garlic is for ear infections. The contraindication for garlic oil is a ruptured ear drum. If you have a child prone to ear infections, make this and start applying it at the first sign of a cold. I’ve used this for myself and Wallace and it is amazing pain relief as well as shortened the duration of the infection. Yes, it smells strongly of garlic but it is so worth it! To apply it, put a couple drops in one ear, lay with that ear up for a while, and massage just below the ear to help the oil go in. Switch and do the other ear. Another way to ease ear pain is with a warmed rice sock. I have a small sock with about 1/4 cup of rice in it just for ear aches.
5) At the first sign of congestion, I reach for my trusty Neti Pot. I was introduced to it 7 years ago when I was on month three of a cough and cold that I couldn’t kick. I was skeptical at first and my roommate had me using idodized salt (ouch!), but it works and I was converted. It has a learning curve and you have to relax and breath calmly through your mouth. I used to buy the salt marketed for it but a 1/4tsp of sea salt works just as well.
6) I recently looked up lymphatic drainage massage for a friend with a sinus infection. I had been doing it a while, but not quite properly. Now that I likely have her cold, I looked up the video again and started doing it. It helps so much to get things moving! I throw in some sinus acupressure for good measure.
7) I learned about oil pulling two years ago. I often forget about it, but this time I remembered. I use organic coconut oil and usually can only make it 5 minutes. It helps pull toxins from your body, is good for dental health, and starts the mucous flowing from your sinuses. The one downside is that I can’t talk while doing it, which is one reason I can’t get past 5 minutes!
Hopefully something in here will work for you the next time you’re getting sick. Let me know what remedies and things you do when you start to get sick.