A couple of days ago I woke up with a killer sore throat and a stuffy nose. I forgot to take a flu shot and CDC said that it wasn't that effective this year anyhow. I am always super slow to react any signs of flu/cold but this time I wanted to get on top of it. So here are few tips.
Step 1: Listen to your mother
If you are sick, eat a lemon. Growing up in Southern California , I had no idea how spoiled we were to have fruit trees in our backyard. We had a lemon tree that bore fruit year around. Whenever a cold appeared, the first thing mom tell us to do was eat a lemon from the tree. Just peel it and eat it like an orange. I found that it would dry up mucous with a quickness and take extra does of Vit. C doesn't hurt.
|Honey, Lemon, & Ginger|
Step 2: Have some tea
Any type of tea will do. The hot liquid will soothe your throat. It helps if you add honey or lemon. I found this recipe of a honey lemon concentrate that I plan to keep on hand.
Step 3: Make some chicken soup
This is where I diverge from moms advice. She would pop open a can of the name brand chicken soup concentrate and added water. It's pretty easy to whip up some homemade chicken soup if you start with store bought broth. I'll ask B to give me the recipe.
Now if it is really bad here a few other things
Step 4: Steam!
Use a steamer or take a hot shower. That will help to break up the mucous.
Step 6: Use a Neti pot.
Years ago my friend Gibran told me about Neti pots.The idea of putting water up my nose was terrifying. Well one day I was so miserably stuffed up that I said what the hell. Gross but effective. Put some lipgloss on afterwards so you feel less gross. ( Visit Gibran's tea shop)
Step 5: Apple Cider Vinegar is a boss
Drink 2 tablespoons in 16 ounces of water. Grab a box of tissues because you will be blowing your nose soon.
These are the things I have found effective. Do you have anything else to try?