12.11.2013

Home Remedies for a Cold . . .

Hi there! Sorry for the slow posts, I've been stuck in bed with a bad cold for the past few days and am just now getting back to it. Ever since I've had heart issues, it's been really tricky when I get sick. I'm not allowed to take any cold medicines, which makes managing symptoms extra tough. As a result I've put in my fair share of research on the best at-home remedies. Thought I'd share, just in case you find yourself picking up a little sniffle during this chilly season.  

Here are some easy ways to soothe,
sometimes even stop a cold without visiting the doctor or pharmacy.

Water
Drinking plenty of fluids and keeping hydrated is super important when fighting a cold. 

Lemon
Squeeze some in your water or tea for an easy detox and a boost of Vitamin C. 

Peppermint Tea
Sipping warm peppermint tea helps soothe your throat, calm headaches, and relieve congestion. 

Honey
Apart from soothing a sore throat, this sweet syrup also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. 

Cinnamon
Another tasty anti-viral and anti-bacterial. 
RT Tip: For two in one, check out my recipe for Cinnamon Honey. 

Warm Salt Water
Gargle a teaspoon of salt in warm water to bring down pain from a sore throat. 

Chicken Soup
Proven to be one of the most beneficial hot fluids to consume when you have a cold, chicken soup clears nasal congestion and acts as an anti-inflammatory. 

Eucalyptus Bath
A few drops of Eucalyptus oil in your bath will ease congestion and open up your bronchial tubes. 
Plus it smells wonderful. 

Extra Pillow
Using one more pillow under your head will make it easier to breath through a stuffy nose, 
it also helps with nasal draining. 

Rest
I know I've been guilty of not adhering to this one, but the most important thing you can do when sick is rest up - it gives your body a much needed break and helps direct all its energy toward fighting off the cold. 

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