It’s starting to feel and look a lot like Christmas outside, isn’t it? Well with this festive time of year also comes cold weather and annoying head colds. Even if you’re fortune to escape flu season, you are still susceptible to getting sick during these chilly months. Staying warm and consuming your vitamins is a given, but that still doesn’t guarantee a healthy season ahead, sadly.
If you can’t help it and you do somehow come down with a cold, there are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years that can help you speed up your recovery and make you feel better instantly. As someone with a barely existent immune system, trust me when I tell you these tricks do work!
Emergen-C Immune +
Whenever I feel like I need an extra immune boost, I take these daily. They dissolve in water so it’s essentially a nice drink, but it also helps keep you healthy. These don’t work as well if you already have a cold, but preventative measures indeed!
Neosporin For Your…Nose?
While this may not be the traditional way you’d think of using Neosporin…it’s supposed to be a neat trick in preventing colds, especially if you are traveling. This is apparently a method that Leonardo DiCaprio himself practices, so you know, you’re among stars here. What you will do is take a little bit of Neosporin onto a q-tip and dab the insides of your nose/nostrils with it before getting on a flight (if you’re flying) or just whenever you feel you may need it. What this is supposedly going to do is it will create barrier for these bacteria and also keep your nose moisturized and thus hydrated. Dehydration is a key factor in getting colds, you know.
Oil of Oregano
This is one of those cures that have stood the test of time. I used to use oil of oregano back in high school regularly when I’d get sick, and it would drastically cut down the length and intensity of my colds…so something works! The way I would take them is taking 3-4 drops of it on your tongue/the back of your tongue twice a day. It tastes AWFUL and burns the throat a bit (not actually, don’t worry), so you may want some juice or water on hand to help. It’s effective and all natural, so there’s really no harm in trying it!
Next time you’re at the grocery store, purchase some ginger chews or fresh ginger that you can snack on for an added immune boost. Ginger is one of those miracle foods that helps with everything from muscle problems to colds to digestive issues! It’s got key inflammatory properties that help fight off colds and kill bacteria which causes colds. Some people don’t enjoy the taste, so you can always chop it or grate it and use a tea strainer to make a fresh cup of ginger tea for yourself using honey to improve the taste, if you’d prefer.
Humidifier For Congestion
You can purchase any basic humidifier at a store and have it really help you out when you’re congested. If you do have a cold and need instant relief, try one of these. It has the same effect a hot shower does for you when you’re sick, it temporarily opens everything up, allowing you to sleep and relax a bit if you’re under the weather. For added effect, they also sell some humidifiers with lights that produce nice shapes and galaxies onto your ceiling in the dark…if you really want to get fancy with it. Treat yourself, you deserve it.
honibe honey lozenges
An all natural throat soothing and immune boosting candy…what more could you ask for? Echinacea has been mentioned a lot in articles on preventing or treating colds.This is supposed to be a miracle plant that is very beneficial to your health and well-being, however research suggests that it works best when combined with other herbs or ingredients. That’s probably why this throat lozenge is actually quite effecting in soothing your throat and helping you get over your cold quicker. I noticed a difference within 1 night of using this when I was down with a cold, so I’d definitely recommend you give this one a shot instead of just the usual “Halls” or “Ricola” brands.