I just got hit with a wicked cold. Sometimes you can dodge the bullet with preventative cold and flu remedies if you nip it in the butt early. Other times, like me this past week, you are going down and there is nothing you can do to stop it. You can, however, get yourself on the road to recovery with a little TLC.
1. Rest. I know, you've heard it before. But seriously, prioritize your heath. Reschedule your life so that you can get the rest you need. In the very least, a full nights sleep or even an earlier bedtime to help strengthen your immune system. When you push too hard during the early signs of a virus, you'll likely be forced by illness to take off twice as much time a few days later.
2. Oil of Oregano. Yes, it tastes like ass and it's expensive. Do yourself a favour, when you see oil of oregano on sale for 50% off, buy it immediately. It doesn't matter that you don't need it at that moment. Having it ready in your cupboard for the first signs of sickness makes it all the more effective. I am not a medical professional by any means but I will tell you right now, I pay no bother to the dose suggested on the label. Call me crazy, but my dose is two vials into a few ounces of orange juice, a couple of times a day.
3. Emergen-C. These are quick and easy. They provide your body with the vitamins and minerals needed to start rebuilding immune strength. Coconut Water also contains electrolytes. Both are hydrating, which is really important to stay on top of while sick. Though I haven't tried them yet, you can buy coconut water packets that you add to your own water for coconut water on the go. You can also go straight to the source and take vitamin C and Zinc tablets or lozenges. I was advised by my doctor that recent studies suggest zinc taken in smaller doses throughout the day during illness will help aid a rapid recovery.
4. Tea. I drank more tea in the last week than I did last month. Hydration is important while sick but the hot liquid also helps to sooth inflammation in your throat. Teas like camomile and peppermint are always great, or try David's Cold 911 with eucalyptus. For a boost, add lemon and honey to any tea. For the brave souls out there, I have a home made concoction that is not for the faint of heart. Boil some hearty chunks of ginger on the stove top, or even Vitamix some ginger, add it to water and boil it - your call. To taste, add lemon, honey, cayenne and turmeric. And by 'to taste' I mean, as much as you can handle. I like each sip to pack a punch and give me the sweats. Hot tip, protect your lips, these spices combined with your already chapped lips will result in mangled Angelina Jolie lips without some lip chap/salve. (I speak from experience)
5. Vega & other Liquid Greens. I have been a long time drinker of Vega, but whatever your liquid green supplement of choice is, drink it. While sick, everyones appetite will differ. For myself, I lost my appetite and could barely swallow because my throat was so swollen. In order to make sure I was getting more than my oatmeal could offer me, I drank Vega.
6. Kombucha. I am a big fan of Kombucha. Today I had the overwhelming urge to consume something fermented. Kombucha contains high amounts of antioxidant properties and also acts on viral infections. Soon we'll be brewing our own Kombucha at home - I can't wait.
7. Ginger Bath. This has been a go to treatment of mine for years, though I am not always fortunate enough to have a bath tub in my place. Again, how much ginger you use is up to you but I like it hot. I put about 3 chunks, peeled, into a hot bath. Set the temperature hotter than you are able to sit in because you will let it steep for a little before getting in. When the water is a comfortable temperature, get in and stay for at least 30 minutes. Don't submerge your head under the water. Your body will begin to heat up and sweat. This bath is very detoxifying. Rinse off after the bath. Wrap yourself in warm comfortable clothing and relax. Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the body after the sweating process.
8. Soup, soup... soup. Cooking is likely out of the question, I get it. If you are able to make your own soup then you are a better person than I am. I was so grateful to receive two big mason jars of vegetable turmeric soup from a beloved friend (insert me kissing her feet here). Whatever soups you have, add some turmeric, ginger and cayenne.