In my humble opinion, one of the most important life skills I have learned as an adult is my own personal cold cure. Who has time to be sidelined with a cold? In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended against using over-the-counter cold and cough remedies for children under the age of six because they do not work. I thought to myself, you know, they never really worked for me either, and stopped using them. Since then, I’ve tweaked my regimen over the last few years and I think I have finally perfected it.
+ At the very, very, very first sign of a cold, I’ll start to feel just a little bit off. Maybe a little tired, maybe a little tickle in my throat or nose, maybe a slight, dull headache. Now is the moment to begin. I grab a packet of Emergen-C and a bottle of water and chug, chug, chug. When I finish the Emergen-C, I refill the water bottle and drink it all. Hydration is key. All those times my mother nagged me to drink lots of fluids, I think she was right. *gasps*
+ I love to sip green tea when I feel a little under the weather. It is filled with antioxidants and warms me from within. Using one tea bag, I’ll refill with fresh hot water once or twice. Again, keeping those fluids going.
+ Another thing I like to do when I’m not feeling well is stop by my local smoothie shop. I pick up a large green delicious smoothie filled with healthy yummies like spinach, green tea, apple, mint and ginger. It tastes fresh, crisp, and delicious. While there, I also pick up a container of their pre-packaged detox juice, a yellow blend of orange, pear, pineapple, ginger, and aloe vera. Chug, chug, chug.
+ When I’m not feeling well, I tend not to sleep well and getting good restorative sleep is critical for healing. (By the way, I heard that phrase once on a sleeping pill commercial once and have lusted after it ever since.) In order to do that, I take an adult dose of Benadryl. I find that it soothes my symptoms and also helps me sleep. Benadryl works for me, but you might also try Nyquil or Tylenol PM.
+ Before bed, I like to set myself up with all of the old wives’ tales. I take a warm, steamy shower to really open up my sinuses and then I use a Neti Pot to rinse them out. If you’ve never used a Neti Pot, I definitely recommend trying it out, especially if you’re really congested. A Neti Pot is a small tea pot container that is filled with distilled water which you then pour through one nostril while leaning over the sink. I always have to psych myself up to do it, but once I do, I’m always happy I did. (Sidebar: Neti Pots are also recommended for seasonal allergy relief because they rinse pollen from the sinuses, so you might consider trying them out this spring.) (Side sidebar: I’m not a doctor; some people don’t like Neti Pots. As always, your mileage may vary.)
+ I also slather my chest, neck, and feet with Vicks Vapor Rub. I set up a warm steam vaporizer near my bed and slap on a breathe right strip and I’m ready to go. It’s definitely a hot look, let me tell you.
+ The most important thing I do when I get sick is never give up, never stop fighting. As soon as I give in, I always start feeling a lot sicker.
Roo shared her anti-cold bath recipe on Semiproper, and I will definitely try it out for my next cold. What are your favorite tips for beating a cold?