Today, I would like to share with you some of my favorite natural remedies for when you are battling a nasty cold. My first cold of 2018 was unwelcome (as colds usually are) and has stuck around for quite some time now. A little over a week ago, I got hit with what I call a “whole body cold”. Since I know my body pretty well and I can always tell when this type of cold is going to hit me. My throat started feeling kinda “scratchy” one night and I just knew it was coming. I had some hot tea that evening and went to bed.
Sure enough from the next morning to right now as I type this I have been battling a “whole body cold”. This cold started with a sore throat / loss of voice, then inner ear pain, next came the watery eyes, runny & stuffy nose (at the same time, which I still don’t fully understand), body aches, other TMI illness issues, and then back to my current runny & stuffy nose with a constant dry cough & bad congestion. Whew, it’s been exhausting! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll survive for sure, but just wow, it’s been one thing after another. I am just so ready to not be sick anymore!
So, here are a few of my favorite remedies to help your body get through those no-fun cold symptoms.
For a sore throat / cough :
#1. I LOVE chicken broth soup. Warm, delicious, and I find it unbelievably soothing when I have a sore throat. I like to add egg noodles, diced carrots and celery, and sometimes I’ll have some saltine crackers with it.
#2. I also really love honey, lemon tea. Your hot tea of choice, (I love Earl Grey), with 1 tsp honey and a squeeze of lemon. I love having this in the morning and before going to bed.
For congestion :
#1. I really enjoy warm/hot showers when I am sick. Breathing in the steam and allowing the hot water to hit right on the back of my neck and my chest really breaks up that congestion for me.
#2. Fill a bowl with very hot water. Add a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil and sit with your head over the bowl and a towel over your head. Breathe in the steam for 10-15 minutes or until you feel like you need to “come up for air”.
For “achey” muscles due to a cold :
#1. I 100% recommend Stretching. The first 2-3 days of my cold were the worst. I barely wanted to move, let alone do any kind of workout. Around day 4/5, I decided to pull out my yoga mat and do a very easy, mostly stretching, yoga flow. Controlling my breathing and stretching out my shoulders, back, arms, and legs was such a relief. Afterwards, I felt like the pressure around my shoulders and upper back was just gone. I followed yoga for when you’re sick from Yoga With Adriene and loved it!
#2. I love a nice heating pad. If you feel soreness in your shoulders or back, lay on your bed or couch on your tummy and place a heating pad or warm towel across your shoulders or wherever you feel sore. I find this super relaxing and it always helps my sore muscles feel a little bit better.
While many of these natural remedies have been effective for me in my own life, I am not a doctor and do not claim to be. These remedies are not meant to replace any over the counter medications or doctors recommendations. If you do not feel like you are recovering from your cold, I do recommend visiting a doctor/specialist and going from there.
Thank you all for checking out my blog. I hope you found this helpful and be sure to let me know if you try any of these things and how they work for you!