I have 14 ways to soothe your cold quickly and give it the cold shoulder. Wow, it seems like wherever I go I’m seeing people sneezing and coughing. Yep, it’s that time of year. I love natural remedies, or what we call old-fashioned home remedies.
I’m not a doctor, a nurse or anyone in the medical field, just giving you the heads up here. Please listen to your head, heart, and gut and you will know if you need to go see the doctor.
I rarely go to the doctor and I am so grateful that I have been able to heal my body myself in so cases. I’ve used natural remedies and essential oils, but I don’t believe they cure any diseases.
They soothe and make me feel better, let’s leave it at that. These are just some ideas that I have used for my daughters, grandkids, and other family members.
I bet many of you have used these very same home remedies to help your cold. Did you grow up with Vicks VapoRub? I sure did. If my sisters or I got the sniffles out came the jar of Vicks VapoRub.
We would rub it on our chests and the smell always helped us breathe better. I think that’s one of the reasons I love essential oils because I love the smell of Vicks and similar medications.
How To Soothe Your Cold
1. Wash Your Hands Often
You never know what’s lurking on door handles, doorknobs, and light switches. Oh goodness, use some wipes on those TV remotes. I can’t imagine what bacteria is on those bank teller drive-up tubes. Oh, and the gas pump handles, wow!
My beautiful niece, Kristina who is getting her doctorate in microbiology something (I can’t pronounce it let alone spell it) told me never ever shake hands with anyone because of the bacteria on our hands. Yikes! Just something to think about. I wish that anti-bacteria had soaps were found in more locations like they are at stores wanting you to use them on cart handles.
2. Get a Neti-pot
Please use only sterile water with the salt packets that come with the Neti-pot. I have used one of these for years and I will tell you they do work. They open up your sinus cavities and the goop drains out.
Oh yes, I have heard the horror stories about people using tainted dirty water in their Neti-pot. We need to use common sense with anything that goes into our bodies. Clean sterile or boiled water would be the ONLY water I would use in my Neti-pot.
Please stock up on Raw Honey
3. Raw Honey
Please remember never use honey for children under two years of age because of the chance of botulism. Always check with your doctor about using honey for your little ones. I only buy honey that is pure, raw honey, from Cox’s Honey from Shelley, Idaho.
I buy cases of honey from them online. Once you realize the difference of real pure honey you will never buy any other brand. I promise. Of course, if you have your own bees, you know what I am talking about when I say pure, raw honey.
I take two teaspoons of Cox’s honey every day by spoon or in hot drinks. Sometimes I put it on my oatmeal. Honey works great for your cold when used in a warm or hot drink.
4. Get Enough Rest Each Day
If you need a nap, take one. If you have small children start a quiet hour by having them read for an hour in their room or a special chair. Make your bedroom a sanctuary by keeping it clutter free so you have one room that is peaceful and inviting and makes you smile within. A happy person is a rested person, in my book.
Drink A Lot Of Fluids
5. Drink Lots Of Water
No soda because soda dehydrates your body. Water is the best liquid for our bodies. I also love hot green tea, with honey, grated ginger, and lemon juice.
6. Use a Humidifier/Vaporizer
The moisture sure helps your cold, sinuses or coughing.
7. Make Chicken Soup
It really does help clear the mucus. Here’s is my Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe.
8. Hot Packs
Put hot packs on your sinuses (be careful not to burn).
9. Extra Pillow
Place an extra pillow under your head to drain your nasal passages as you sleep. Pillows are a breeding place for viruses and bacteria. Replace your pillows at least once a year. I have tried pillow covers but they seem to be too noisy, as in crinkly sounding.
Mark and I wash our sheets and pillow covers every weekend no matter what. If we’re sick we wash them more often to make sure those germs get killed in the process.
P.S. Replace your pillow if they if you cannot wash them at least every six months.
10. Make Soup With Garlic/Onions
Make a soup with chicken broth, onions and garlic and drink it throughout the day. Other types of soups may be your favorites. Use them if you enjoy the flavor or texture. Soups are always a good way to help stay hydrated and provide nourishment. They can also put a smile on our face.
11. Don’t Share Hand Towels
Use your own hand towel, bath towel, and washcloth in the bathroom. Wash them at least weekly, more often when you are sick.
12. Change Out Toothbrushes
Change out your toothbrush, especially after a cold, flu or sinus infection. Use hydrogen peroxide on your toothbrushes and rinse with water before using them if you’ve been sick or if they’ve been in use and stored in that bathroom drawer for an extended period.
You can boil your toothbrushes for three minutes but it is very hard on them, typically. I prefer to use hydrogen peroxide by spraying them and then rinse them and dry them.
You can soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash and rinse the toothbrush with water before using it. If you use an electric toothbrush you can take the brush head off and follow the regular toothbrush tips above.
We have a lot of bacteria in our mouths so it makes sense to have clean toothbrushes and therefore prevent many illnesses. When I see a good buy on toothbrushes I buy a lot and store them to use later. We always have extra new toothbrushes available when family or friends come to visit, just in case they left theirs at home.
13. Use Vicks-VapoRub
Use Vicks-VapoRub on your chest and the bottom of your feet and wear socks to bed.
14. Eat A Lot Of Fresh Fruits/Vegetables
Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, the more the better. I love oranges this time of year. Another great fruit choice would be small tangerines that peel easily!!!
15. Vitamin D
I quote from WebMD
There’s preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections.
This is a great way to add oils to your stash at home. Here is my favorite essential oil book: Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition May God bless you to be prepared for the unexpected. Be prepared…..we can do it together.
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