Oh, Stylers. I really hope I’m going to turn the corner today.
This flu has knocked me for six.
Usually, I can stop a cold in its tracks with my mix of immune-boosting home remedies. Not this one.
It took all my energy just to do the school run yesterday. The aches and pains and migraine headache needing me to have a deep sleep not long after.
Thankfully my lovely teens picked up the slack in the food cooking and kitchen clearing department. And thankfully it was the first day of term 3 at school, so I could embrace the peace and quiet between 9am and 3pm.
I took a look at my bench top yesterday morning and realised there was a blog post in what I saw.
All my cold and flu busters that usually help prevent me from getting sick were there. They may not have stopped this flu but they are working their collective butts off to lessen how long I’m laid down by this one.
1. Manuka honey. At the sore throat stage of this flu, a teaspoon of this stuff is soothing and gets to work right away. This particular honey contains antibacterial properties – something which NZ’s indigenous population has known for thousands of years. Not all Manukas are equal. Price is often a good indication. The one pictured above was all I could source in a hurry last week but we’d just finished off a small jar of Comvita Manuka, something worth looking at. Yes the price is higher but the quality is verified.
2. We are huge advocates of Olive Leaf Extract – sometimes if I get on to it early enough, I can even stop a cold taking over. Not this time. This is our preferred brand. The whole family likes the berry flavour.
3. Magnesium oil works a treat on a number of levels. A few sprays in warm water creates a great throat gargle. It’s also a great help with the dreaded aches and pains that come with viruses.
4. Still on the magnesium theme but this time a magnesium powder mix with vitamin C that works to give my immune system a boost. I put a scoop in my water bottle so I’m sipping on it all day. I do the same on long-haul flights too as prevention and support for my immune system.
5. Lemons. I start every day with a lemon in hot water drink. During the cold and flu season we also tend to have a hot lemon and Manuka honey drink at night … that may or may not have a little Canadian Club added to it. If you want to fancy up your hot toddy, then check out Dad Down Under’s recipe.
6. Add a cut onion to your room. This is one I learned from the creators of the Twenty 8 products I’ve featured here. It’s SO simple and makes such a huge difference to your sleep at night. The vapours open your airways and reduce coughing and blocked noses. This time round I even cut a fresh one during the day. This is also a good one to do when the sniffles first start as it too can stop a cold taking hold.
7. I also light every aromatherapy vapouriser in the house and add Twenty 8′s Immune Boost blend of organic Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood and Pine essentials oils. A drop behind the neck and on the pillow and night helps too.
8. Aspro Clear. So, Mr SY went off to the doctors last week with his version of this lurgy and apart from putting him on a host of other stuff, suggested Aspro Clear as a good daytime pain relief. Not sure why we’ve never tried this before but it was a great help, especially during the sore throat stage.
Oh, and I have all the ingredients in the fridge ready to make Baby Mac’s magic chicken soup. That should do the trick. Just need the energy to make it.
Has this winter’s lurgy landed at your door? What’s your secret weapon for keeping it at bay?
* I’m not a doctor and, trust me, if I felt there was a secondary infection that might require something extra, I would see my GP. I just know that except for secondary infections, mostly I just need to rest and help myself.