I have no time or tolerance for my being sick.
It annoys me that I’m not operating on all cylinders.
I should re-phrase that because, thanks to a dodgy thyroid, I don’t really operate on all cylinders every day anyway.
But throw a cold or flu lurgy situation into the mix and I become very impatient with myself.
I don’t want to wallow in it. I just want it to be over with the most minimal amount of pain and inconvenience as possible.
The thing is, you’re mostly dealing with a virus here. Short of any secondary infections that might eventuate, this is not a healing process that can be helped with antibiotics or other drugs.
Now, this is the point in this post that I will make it very clear that I’m not a doctor or health professional.
What I’m writing about below are home (or over-the-counter) remedies that help my family and I deal with cold virus symptoms – to lessen those symptoms and to sometimes speed up the getting better process.
When it comes to taking anything new – even vitamins – it’s a very good idea to talk to your health professional/s first, especially if you already take other medications and supplements.
With all the actions below, I’m essentially trying to give my body and immune system a helping hand in the lurgy battle. I don’t necessarily avoid drugs or pain relief, I just call on the below to give me a better shot at getting better.
Let’s get stuck in, shall we?
7 winter cold and flu remedies
1. Essential oils: I love using essential oils in just about every part of my life. The Twenty8 collection of synergy blends are incredible – they’re 100% pure organic and the blends are just exquisite. The Twenty8 Immune Boost synergy blend (pictured below) is always in my home remedy kit. It’s a nurturing blend of eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, cedarwood and pine. As soon as one member of the family so much as sniffles, I have this blend vapourising in every room. When travelling, I make up a spritz containing Immune Boost and spray it around me on the plane to ward off potential nasties. Yes, I’m THAT person.
2. Bath soaks: The whole achey body thing is not fun. I love a good bath at the best of times but if you’re a little under the weather then a good soak in epsom salt will help ease the aches. The particular soaking solution (pictured above) I’ve been using and loving is Dr Teal’s Detoxify and Energize with ginger and clay soaking solution. Get your body in it.
3. Vitamins and supplements: Every time I hear a segment on the news being all Negative Nancy about the supposed help that vitamins and supplements can give our bodies, I switch off. These three below are all things we have on hand whenever the first sign of a lurgy makes itself known. Everyone in our house goes on the Olive Leaf Extract and a dose of vitamin C suitable to their age. Me, I go high strength Vitamin C. Way back in the day when I was super sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, my GP gave me this hot tip. The magnesium powder helps me with muscle aches.
4. Manuka honey: While I may have photographed the Manuka honey with the tea below, I don’t use this particular honey in my hot lemon drinks. Firstly, it’s not cheap and, secondly, it won’t be effective if heated because the live enzymes in the honey are destroyed. What those live enzymes help with is killing bacteria – particularly soothing on a sore throat. Manuka honey is considered nature’s antibiotic.
5. Lemon and ginger tea: Everyone has a bit of a recipe to concoct a soothing lemon tea. I love to add honey, slices of ginger and fresh lemon juice in a teapot of boiling water. At night time a wee drop of Scotch may also fall into the pot. Oops.
6. Onions: Ok, I left the no-brainer remedy until last. The humble onion is my secret weapon when it comes to getting through a cold or flu with some good sleeps under my belt. My girlfriend Kim Morrison, the creator of the Twenty8 range I talked about above, put me on to this remedy about seven years ago. You simply cut up an onion and leave it beside the bed of the afflicted while they sleep overnight. It relieves congestion and they will breathe easier. Sometimes if I feel something coming on, an onion by the bed that night may stop it in its tracks. I haven’t got science to back me up on this occurrence but what do you have to lose? It’s just an onion. Oh, it may smell like old Chinese takeaway in your room the next day. Not a problem if you’re the one with the cold as you won’t smell anything!
7. Rest: I’m guilty of not applying this remedy often enough. Sometimes one day in bed that will be sufficient to give your body a chance to recuperate and recharge. Just do it – without guilt.
It’s over to you now. What are your tried and true cold and flu remedies? And do you have one for man flu?