Somewhere in my travels, I must have angered a health god. I’m sick for the second time this month. Just to give you a little background, I usually get a fall cold and that’s it. Done…finished…finito. I got a cold at the end of October, and it was a doozy. So why have I gotten sick not once, but twice in March?
I am a complete germaphobe. I constantly wash my hands (or use antibacterial sanitizers). I Lysol everything. I drink an Emergen-C Immune Support packet probably more than they recommend. So again, why am I sick?
What began as a slight tickle in my throat on Sunday initially had me convinced it was all in my head. I spent the night in bed alternating between telling myself I felt fine to having a near anxiety attack, fearing that Coldmaggedon had come back with a vengeance. By morning, it was clear that the latter was true.
Since I could no longer stay in denial, I decided to try some holistic remedies to aid my recovery. Here are a few that have helped me feel better:
Gargle with Warm Salt Water: Any time I feel the slightest tingle in my throat I bust out the salt. It soothes it almost immediately, and it cuts down on the time that my throat feels like I’m swallowing glass. Add a teaspoon of salt to warm water and gargle for five minutes. I usually add about a tablespoon of salt and try to gargle three times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar: I’ve often heard people who drink apple cider vinegar rarely get sick. Who knows if that claim is valid, but there are benefits to drinking a teaspoon of the acidic stuff. This article in Shape magazine touts the seven benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar, one of which is that it may prevent cancer (can I drink the whole bottle, please?). Even if it won’t cure the common cold, it can ease a sore throat. If drinking it isn’t your cup of tea (no pun intended), try mixing it with warm water and gargling.
Healing Tea: I first came across the recipe for this healing tea on Elana’s blog, Elana Lyn, and I thought the post was worth bookmarking. While I am adverse to all spices, turmeric has some serious game as an anti-inflammatory. This potent powder can do everything from delay diabetes to protect against cancer. Guess there’s a reason so many people swear by it! When I first started feeling the effects of Coldmaggedon 2.0 I quickly pulled up Elana’s post and followed the directions to make this healing tea. Hurry, if you head over to my Snapchat (username: livinginsteil) you just might be in time to catch some snaps I made while I was mixing up this concoction! All you need are three simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen: turmeric, ground ginger, and black pepper. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to boiling water, and then mix in 1/4 teaspoon each of ground ginger and black pepper. Drink up!
Echinacea: Another helpful little herb, Echinacea can be found at your local health food store and is a great first line of defense against an oncoming cold. It can also be taken once you develop symptoms to shorten the duration of your cold. Echinacea has many beneficial uses, covering everything from the common cold and flu to anxiety and dizziness.
You should consult your doctor or health care provider before starting on a holistic regimen.
Do you have any holistic remedies to share?