The New Year brings with it another cold and flu season, not to mention all of those other nasty winter bugs. That tell-tale tickle in your throat let's you know that your body/immune system is preparing to go into battle against another bug... most likely a cold or flu virus.
Do you know the difference between a common cold and the flu? A cold tends to have a gradual buildup of symptoms (congestion, sore throat, cough etc.). With a cold you can often muddle through much of your day-to-day life. While a flu virus tends to hit you hard and fast... fever, headache, fatigue, achy body, sore throat, congestion, cough... you may be unable to function at your day-to-day tasks... typically lasting 1 week.
Your immune system is the key to your recovery.
Slow down, take good care of YOU...
Top 5 Tips:
ease discomfort & feel better quickly:
#1. Gargle with salt water - for quick and effective post nasal drip and/or sore throat relief, nothing beats an old-fashioned saltwater gargle. Salt acts as a mild antiseptic, and due to osmosis, helps draws water out of mucous membranes in the throat, which helps to clear congestion.
- Dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt in a large glass of warm water, gargle a mouthful and spit out, until glass is empty. Repeat up to four times a day. (Use sea salt if possible)
#2. Steam your sinuses - to ease your congestion and drippy nose. Hold your head over a bowl of freshly boiled water - breathe through your nose. *Be cautious. Inhale slow deep breaths. (Add 4 drops of Purple Essentials Cold & Flu Blend of pure essential oils to the hot water and this can help to reduce your congestion and discomfort) Moisture from a hot shower with the door closed, saline nasal spray, or a room humidifier is just as helpful to ease congestion.
#4. Drink hot liquids - coating the tissue in your throat with warm liquid provides a benefit similar to applying hot packs to inflammation and swelling on skin.
Magic Recovery Drink - Anytime you feel "under the weather" with a variety of symptoms, this drink can help in a number of ways.
It helps to;
- boost immunity
- reduce inflammation
- settle an upset stomach
- relieve aches and pains
- ease upset stomache
- soothe sinuses and sore throat
Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea:
1-1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 a lemon freshly squeezed - juice
1 tbsp honey
3 cups boiling water
- Boil 3 cups of water.
- Peel ginger skin and discard, then finely grate ginger pieces until you get one-and-a-half tablespoons worth.
- Place the grated ginger into mug and pour the boiled water over it.
- Add lemon juice and honey. Allow to steep for 3 minutes and stir. (If you aren't fond of ginger you can use just the lemon and honey - it will still help).
Drink 3 -4 times per day.
#5. Sleep - Common sense dictates staying in bed or at least resting when a cold or flu virus has you down. Taking it easy leaves more energy to fight the germs and get you on the road to recovery and back to a healthy and happy state. To help drain nasal passages, try an extra pillow under your head... if the angle is uncomfortable, place a pillow between box spring and mattress (where your head lays).
If you have severe symptoms or your symptoms worsen - see your physician.
* This information is solely for informational purposes. NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE.
Keep these tips in mind, next time you or a loved one are feeling "under the weather".
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