Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How to Battle a Cold "The Old-Fashioned Way"

February is said to be the peak of flu season. I am just getting over a cold, so I thought I would pass on some of my tips and tricks of battling a cold to you. I always use old-fashioned methods. Here are the ones that I use: 

Stay Warm!! One of the reasons why you might have gotten sick in the first place is because you did not stay warm in the cold winter weather. Some say "sweating out" a cold is just a myth, but I definitely believe it is not! Since I was a child I have been using this method and it has always worked for me. 

Take Baths with Epsom Salts!! When I am sick, I take a bath practically every day. Epsom salts flush out toxins. They have many other awesome benefits as well. They are so amazing. I swear by them! You can use regular, plain Epsom salts (I love these) OR you can use Epsom salts with some essential oils in it (I love these). There are also many other salts that you can put in your bath that provide you with great benefits. I like to use these and these. Another option is using a salt soak that is designed specifically to combat colds (here). 

Rest! It is absolutely essential, but it can get quite boring when you are lying in your bed all day staring at the ceiling. If you can't seem to get to sleep, do what I do- watch movies! I like to bring all of my blankets and pillows out to the living room and watch movies all day long. I am resting, but I am keeping my mind occupied on something other than my cold! 

Soup! Good Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup is the best. I prefer homemade. I use rotini pasta, chicken, organic chicken broth, and vegetables. 

Mashed Potatoes! Am I the only one who loves to eat mashed potatoes when sick??? 

Cough Drops! I am addicted to cough drops, even when I am not sick. I love Ricola Honey Lemon with Echinacea and Halls Mentho-Lyptus Menthol Drops (the blue kind). Taking echinacea is really important when you are sick. I love how Ricola incorporated it into a cough drop. I feel like the Ricola drops really help cure my sore throat and my cold, but the Halls drops takes away any pain that I have in my throat. 

Smoothies, Smoothies, Smoothies! They definitely help cure all colds. I don't know how they do it, but somehow they do. Don't question it and just drink. Again, I love homemade smoothies. That may be because I live in a small town and we don't have a place where you can buy one...O.o If you live somewhere normal- Jamba Juice. All day. Every day. My homemade smoothies consist of organic frozen mixed berries, bananas, organic apple juice, Bolthouse Farms Green Goddess juice, organic non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt, and vitamins (because I can't swallow them whole). I mix it all together in my NutriBullet!  

Drink LOTS Water! Staying hydrated is always key, especially when you are "sweating it out." 

Steam!! Before I go on, let me just say that I don't suggest you try this without a parent's approval if you are under 18. I have been steaming my face this way for a very long time. Not only will it help you with your cold by clearing your passageways, it also makes your skin look fabulous in the process. This is what I do: Fill up a small pot with about 1 1/2 inches of water and put it on the stove. Boil the water. Once it is boiling, take off the lid. Make sure you have a hooded robe on or a hoodie. Put the hood over your face and put your face over the boiling water. Please, do not put it close. You will be able to gauge the distance once you are doing it. Be very careful if you have a gas-burning stove. I have electric, so it is not as dangerous. You just want to steam- not burn your face off. Inhale the steam through your mouth and nose. Trust me- it helps!! 

These are all of my tips to battle a cold "The Old-Fashioned Way." Do you have any tips and tricks that I did not mention in my post?? I would love to hear them! :D Let me know in the comments below! 

2 comments:

  1. As a vegetarian I usually make a vegetable soup instead if I have the energy, otherwise I'll cook up some soupy rice in the rice cooker with a bit of "chicken" stock. It goes down a treat, and helps me feel better. I also use heat packs on my chest to break up congestion and make it easier to breathe at nighttime, because a deviated septum + a cold makes it hard for me to breathe. I usually sleep upright when I have a cold, because when I lie down, one or both nostrils will close up and then give me a coughing fit.

    I happen to love watching my childhood favourites when sick, so you'll almost always find me watching Brother Bear, The Lion King and The Secret Garden haha. Last year I was sick four times in four months and it was AWFUL!

    Stephanie
    thethriftyvegetarian.

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  2. Hi Stephanie! Vegetable soup sounds good... what types of vegetables do you usually use? Heat packs on your chest is such a great idea!!! I am definitely going to have to try that next time. I agree, sleeping upright is key. I always end up getting a major neck creak though... haha

    That is awful!!! Hopefully that means you won't get sick for another four years :D haha

    Remy

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