My favorite Cold Care Essentials
Being sick is a slow and painful process. There’s no way around it. Very rarely is there a cold which lasts shorter than a few days. This past week I found myself a victim of the common cold. It’s never easy recovering, especially with a rambunctious toddler scurrying around, but there are a few tried and true tricks I like to use to feel better, quicker. Whether it’s the flu, common cold, or you’re just not running at 100% efficiency, the following are a mix of items or practices essential for this cold season.
- Black Elderberry Syrup – This cold “remedy” has been around for centuries, however only recently have scientists started to research its benefits. So far, this magical berry has been shown to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, decrease mucous production during colds and the flu, and reduce the duration of illness by FOUR DAYS.
- Hot tea – An age old remedy for stuffy noses and sore throats, hot tea is a necessary go to remedy in our house. My favorite is green tea with honey and lemon, but most any type will do. A study from 2009 showed that hot liquids in general were more effective at reducing the severity of runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness and tiredness versus its room temperature counterpart.
- Warm bath or shower – There are so many wonderful things about a hot bath. It soothes anxiety and depression, helps improve sleep, and can even help heal dry winter skin. But the most wonderful attribute of a nice soak is its ability to ease sore muscles and clear nasal passages when you are sick. I like to throw in some Epsom salt for added muscle ache relief when I’m feeling under the weather.
- Tylenol for muscle pain – Oh glorious Tylenol. This is not a sponsored post, rather it’s a personal ode to the wonders this OTC med can work on achy joints and muscles. Whenever I’m sick with the flu, I pop a couple of these to help me sleep at night.
- Sleep – This is probably the most important ingredient for overcoming an illness. It may be tempting to try and “push” through the cold symptoms, but ultimately it will only cause you to be sicker longer. Do whatever you can to rest, whether it’s taking the day off work or hiring a babysitter to watch the kiddos while you sleep.
- Comfy cardigan – There isn’t any scientific backing behind this one. Rather, it’s more of a throwback to the teddy bear of my youth. Whenever I was sick, there was always this one stuffed animal I would curl up with to make me feel cozy and warm. Now I use an adult version of my childhood companion: a large, frumpy, luscious cardigan from Gap. I love it because it’s like a blanket and sweater all in one. I can bury my body into it and sleep for hours. It’s the little things…
This past week I was sick with a pretty bad cold that had most of my friend’s on the sidelines for over a week. However, following all of the above practices helped me to feel better in record FIVE days. Maybe I just lucked out, but I honestly feel like making the time to take care of myself and rest made the biggest difference. Oh and my hubby and baby didn’t catch it, so that was even better! Whew~