I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather since yesterday – okay, that’s an understatement – I feel awful! I know it must be flu season, since I keep hearing people talk about getting their flu shots. Personally, I’ve never had a flu shot, but I also don’t think I really ever get the flu. I never get those crazy feverish chills, or the nausea. But man, do I know how to catch any sort of respiratory cold. For some reason, it always goes straight to my chest, and then stays there for weeks! So the last couple days, I’ve been trying everything I can to keep all the mucus from settling in my lungs – I know, I know, #TMI
I have taken antibiotics a lot over the years, and never really thought much of it. But in the last couple years I’ve learned that they can be so hard on the body. The last round of antibiotics I took left me with heartburn and digestive issues for weeks after I had finished the whole round. So, I try to avoid them at all costs, which means I try to just boost my immune system, take really really good care of myself, and ride it out. Here are some of my feel-good remedies for sick days. Keep in mind, none of these will cure a cold, but they sure make the experience a whole lot less miserable.
Sweet Licorice Mint Tea This tea, made by Choice Organic Teas, is seriously the most incredible tea. It’s got such an amazing complex flavor and just a hint of sweetness without having to add anything to it. I discovered it in a restaurant last year and kept the packet so that I could find it online. I order this stuff 3 boxes at a time from Amazon, and just absolutely love it.
Homemade Chicken Soup This one may seem a little cliche, but this is a classic meal to serve to your sick loved ones for a very good reason! Making your own chicken broth to use as a base for your favorite soup is a great way to not only enjoy a delicious soul warming meal, but also to fuel your body with nutrients. I like to keep some chicken broth on hand at all times, because if you have that already prepared, it’s pretty easy to throw some veggies and noodles in and have a super nourishing and soothing soup with hardly any hassle. I like to add chili flakes or diced jalapeño to my soup to keep the sinuses clear.
Chamomile Lavender Salve So I had never used a salve before, until I got this stuff in the first YBC Mantra Box that I ordered. It smelled great, but I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. UNTIL I got that non-stop faucet-like runny nose. After blowing my nose all day long, this stuff feels absolutely amazing. I am talking instant relief
Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus and Spearmint Epsom Salts These bad boys really smell amazing (assuming you’re not completely stuffed up) and they make for avery relaxing and rejuvenating bath. Not only does just the steam of a hot bath do wonders for sinus congestion, these epsom salts will soothe all those icky body aches. I like to accompany my bath with a hot cup of soothing tea and a good book to take my mind off the sniffling.
GT’s Gingerade Kombucha If you’ve never tried kombucha, now’s the time! It can be a bit of an acquired taste I suppose, but once you find the right flavor, man is it good! Kombucha is a probiotic drink that promotes gut health. Think about it this way, if your gas tank is dirty, it doesn’t matter what quality of fuel you put in, the car won’t be able to process it properly. Likewise, no matter how well you eat, if your gut is unhealthy and lacking the proper bacteria, you won’t be able to really benefit from the food you eat. Not only does this result in digestion issues, it can cause a whole host of other issues. Especially if you find yourself on antibiotics, it’s important to make sure the good bacteria in you gut remain in tact – Kombucha is a great and deliciously refreshing way to do this.
What sort of tips do you have for getting through those icky sick days?