I haven’t posted in a few days due to this pesky cold I’ve been dealing with. It’s officially that time of year when winter turns to spring and all the allergies start to kill me! I’ve had sinusitis the last couple days (an infection in my sinuses due to an overproduction of mucus) and have been struggling with my productivity. Not being productive is something that makes me feel very miserable, so I’ve been doing everything I can the last couple days to naturally relieve my cold symptoms to make my day to day life easier!
Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form a medically trained professional, and everything I share here is from my own personal experience in remedying the common cold!
Turmeric, Lemon & Cayenne Pepper
I love taking a shot of this every single morning, or even making a tea with these ingredients if I’m feeling under the weather. Turmeric has amazing healing properties and has a very earthy, sweet taste, so it doesn’t make this wellness shot unbearable to do. I mix 1 part lemon, 1 part turmeric and 1 part cayenne pepper, and this clears me right up. The lemon gives me a great boost of vitamin c which helps to cure colds, the turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and clears my nasal passages, and the cayenne clears up my nose as well. I like to buy my ingredients organic, but anything you have at home will work just fine! If you have cayenne pepper or turmeric, but not both, that’s fine too! One or the other works great as well.
This was something a girl I know told me about, and it’s been a life saver for me ever since! Whenever I have a cold or flu, I grate up some ginger and put it in a hot bath with some Epsom salt (and sometimes baking soda) and soak for 30-45 minutes. The ginger makes you sweat the toxins out of your body, and within 2 days I feel like I never had a cold in the first place! Ginger baths also help to reduce fever and are known to help with nausea as well! I even use this when I have menstrual cramps and find it helps me so much! The Epsom salt relaxes my muscles and makes it easier for me to sleep at night.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Even though apple cider vinegar tastes really gross, I swear by it. It helps with every illness, including ringworm, menstrual cramps, colds, flu’s and has also been linked to helping with heart diseases and cancer. If you read more about apple cider vinegar and all the benefits, the gross taste seems more and more worth it. I’ll take a shot of this twice a day, but I mix it with some tea or agave and lemon juice to make it more bearable.
I get terrible sinus congestion, and flushing your nasal cavity out with saline water is so amazing and refreshing. There are a few different brands of neti pods that you can purchase, but they all work the same. This really flushes you out and is probably the most successful in reducing sinus congestion instantly. I get terrible sinus headaches when I’m sick, and this thins out the mucus and relieves that instantly.
The most important thing to do when you’re sick is to rest. Even though I feel really anxious when I’m sick and unproductive, my boyfriend has to remind me that I’m not a terrible human being for taking a break and sleeping in every now and again. Your body heals itself through rest and relaxation, so be sure to get lots of it. Even if that means just reading a book with some tea in bed. Don’t do strenuous exercise, don’t cook a 5-course meal, and definitely don’t pull all nighters!
I hope if you’re feeling a bit run down during this flu season, some of these tips and tricks help to make you feel better. Comment down below if you’ve tried any of these and if they worked for you, or if you have any other suggestions!
All my positive vibrations,