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Dec 11 2014

Easy Remedies for Dealing with a Cold

 

Cold season is here and as the day’s pass and the temperature decreases your chances of catching a cold increase. Who has time to be sick nowadays? Not me that’s for sure. Although several days off laying in bed resting sounds like a fine notion its just not a reality with the holidays nearly here and with all the work everyone puts into them. Whether it’s shopping for gifts, decorating, your home, watching your kids who have their holiday breaks, or any number of tasks that need to be done sooner rather than later. Getting sick is the last thing you need to deal with right now. Here’s some natural home remedies you can use to fend off the infamous cold and the misery that comes with it.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and by no means is this medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, consult a qualified health care professional. Also, come to think of it, I’m pretty sure the guy in the below photo isn’t a doctor either.

Now thats out of the way here we go! Feeling a little congestion, sore throat, sneezing, coughing – its more than likely that you have a cold. Ughhhh, I know it’s dreadful, but you’ll get through it and the below tips will help!

Dealing with a Sore Throat

A simple and natural remedy to dealing with a sore throat is to take a glass of warm water (not too hot and not too cold) and mix in a tablespoon of salt. Gargle with this mixture and you’ll notice a difference. The salt really helps with relieving the pain.

Chicken Soup

Who can argue with the age-old tradition of having a nice warm bowl of chicken soup when you’re feeling a bit under the weather? Chicken soup is actually known to stop inflammation and help prevent mucus from being produced.  Another fun little addition, add a bit of garlic to your soup. This will further help decongestion and boost your immune system.

Hydration

In general it’s always important to stay hydrated, but it’s even more important when you’re sick. Drink as much water as you can whenever battling a cold or the flu. Eight 250 mL glasses a day is about adequate. The more hydrated you are the softer your mucus will be and it will also help relieve dry itchy eyes. Bottoms up.

A Blow Dryer?

Hear me out on this one. I know what you’re thinking – how is a blow dryer supposed to help relieve my cold symptoms? Well I’m glad you asked. Take a blow dryer and put the setting to warm (not hot)  and hold it roughly a foot and a half away from your face. Breathe in through your nose and do this continually for up to two to three minutes. The warm air will help kill germs that have settled in your nose and help with decongestion. Told you I wasn’t crazy.

Steam!

This is a remedy I’ve been using personally for years and it works tremendously well! Pour just boiled water into a bowl. Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl. Breathe in through your nose for up to ten minutes. Keep some distance from the hot water – you don’t want to burn yourself.  Keep you eyes closed as to not irritate them with the steam. You’ll feel relief from the congestion almost immediately and you’ll feel quite warm during this frigid time of year.

Rest is Crucial

It’s incredibly important to stay warm and rested should you get a cold. I know getting the amount of rest you need when sick isn’t always an option, but do your best in this department. The more you can take it easy the better your body can focus on fending off these unwanted germs. The faster your recovery time will be as well and the sooner you can get back to your usual routine.

 

Have any household remedies when you or the little ones are sick that can help tackle a cold? Please feel free to comment and share! Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

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