Feeling under the weather?
Sometimes during the winter and even early spring months it is not uncommon. With cold and flu season in full swing chances are you will come down with a cold at least once during this time. Spending the majority of my time in an office setting in close proximity to people coughing, sneezing, blowing their noses and refusing to stay home when they are sick I often find myself in fear of catching a cold or whatever is ailing them. Besides the hand sanitizer and box of Lysol wipes I have at my desk to wipe my desk, computers, phone and mice, I have a pretty awesome tea collection going in my drawer as well.
I am not a big fan of the traditional medicine used these days by people who have colds, from pills and syrup to lozenges. I do not even remember the last time I bought a bottle of cough syrup for that matter. While my husband at first was skeptical of my natural alternatives and all gung-ho for his Dayquil and Halls slowly he has come around and I find himself making himself Ginger tea and taking a few drops of Oregano Oil when he feels a cold coming on.
I am not going to discount the traditional medicines out there, to each his own. I have used them myself but if and when I can, I try to stick to something more natural rather than pumping my body that is trying to fight off a bug with chemicals and things I can’t pronounce. Here are my favorite home remedies and natural alternatives to some common problems we find ourselves faced with during cold and flu season. Remember, these are my opinion only and since I am not a doctor do not take this as a cure all and always talk to your doctor before trying something new if you are unsure of how you may react. Wow I totally sounded like a commercial for a new drug haha. Anyways without further adieu…
For the overall “I think I am coming down with something” feeling:
I always take a Vitamin C followed by 2-3 drops of Oregano Oil under my tongue and wash it down with some juice. (Do not put the oil ON your tongue, you will not like your experience)
I usually replace my store bought tea with a natural one when I feel under the weather and below is the recipe:
Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea (pictured above)
- 3-4 Slices of Fresh Ginger
- Juice from 1/4 Lemon
- 1 Tsp Honey (I tend to use Organic)
- Hot Water
Combine all the above in your favorite mug and let it brew for a few minutes then drink. (PJ’s and a cozy blanket are highly recommended as well)
For the “I have a cactus stuck in my throat” sore throat feeling:
Salt Water Gargle
- 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup Warm water
Combine the above in a cup and let the salt dissolve. Let the water cool a bit then gargle a few times. Do NOT swallow the water. Do this at least 2 times a day.
For the “I may need a vacuum to unplug my nose” feeling:
When I was young I would get chronic sinus infections. Dealing with facial pain is very debilitating and pair it with a stuffed nose and you will definitely not be a happy camper. When I was younger I absolute hated doing these steam inhalations but now both myself and my hubby do them to help ease a stuffed nose and facial pain.
- Fresh Mint (or a mint tea bag if no fresh mint is available)
- Pot of Boiling Water
Bring a medium sized pot half way filled with water to a boil and throw in the mint. Take it off the stove and place it on your table. Sit in front of it and place your face over it then cover your head with a towel. Take deep breathes in to inhale the steam.
*Do not put your face too low so you do not burn yourself with the steam and always have a box of tissues handy.
And finally for the “I should not have eaten that” upset tummy feeling:
Pepper Vodka Shot
Now, this one always gets a good tease from my husband followed by “wow you are so Polish” lol
It may sound funny but if something is upsetting your tummy and you are feeling queezy… try a shot of straight vodka with fresh ground pepper. It will either cause you to throw up whatever is making you queezy or settle your stomach.
Hope some of these help 🙂