Winter always brings along an abundance of sicknesses, which are easily spread to our family and friends (despite our best efforts to keep everyone healthy). This in turn can leave us frustrated with the disruption of our lives, since there is always so much to do and such little time as it is!
We wanted to share some of our favorite home remedies that can help heal us quicker, so we can get back to our normal busy schedules! As soon as you notice symptoms, try these few things to treat the common cold or flu at home.
~Take it easy and get plenty of rest – In fact, sleeping when you’re sick is essential. It’s one way your body tells you to slow down and rest, so you can get healthy. Going to bed early and naps are highly encouraged. Sleep gives your body time to repair itself, which you need when you’re sick. When you get sleepy, it forces you to slow down and give your body the time it needs to heal. Rest helps speed recovery.
~Stay hydrated – Making sure you’re getting plenty of fluids (especially water) helps you get better faster and reduces risks of complications. Water is one of the best fluids to consume to help you to stay hydrated when you’re sick. The reason for this is that water doesn’t contain any calories, sugar, or preservatives, which are things that can cause dehydration.
~Try saline nasal spray – If your symptoms include a runny or stuffy nose, a saline nasal spray can help relieve pressure which can help to get rid of thick mucus in the nose so you can breathe easier.
~Use over-the-counter medications to help lessen certain symptoms – Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) are often recommended by doctors to help reduce fevers and provide treatment for headache relief.
~ Try Homemade Natural Medicine Recipes – I found this recipe on www.pinterest.com, it is used to soothe sore throats naturally. I have used this recipe a few times and can confirm that it does the trick!
Winter Sore Throat Tea
Make sure you have some of this ready.
Great recipe for sore throats and chest colds.
Makes about 2 cups.
Two Lemons thoroughly cleaned and sliced
Two pieces of Ginger (About the size of your pointer and middle finger) sliced into coin size pieces
About 1 cup of Honey
Optional: 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
In a 12-16 oz. jar combine lemon slices and sliced ginger.
Pour honey over it slowly.
This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices.
Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.
Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a “jelly”.
Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it.
Store in fridge up to 3 months.