Are you feeling under the weather with that persistent cold again? Here are a few natural cold remedies you can use to help and add some extra comfort as you recuperate.
What To Drink When You Have A Cold?
When you’re feeling under the weather it’s important to keep hydrated and drink a lot of water. It’s important you drink at least eight 8-ounces of fluids per day to stay hydrated and help break up that nasty congestion.
Water, juice, herbal tea and sports drinks are all good options. Whipping out your favorite mug for lots of tea and juice refills is a great way to keep hydrated when sick.
There is a good reason people still turn to time-tested home remedies like grandma’s chicken soup. Homemade chicken soup will comfort you and keep your throat nice and moist—no wonder it’s one of the most touted home remedies for colds, it works!
Best Tea When Sick?
Ginger tea is one of the best teas when sick to warm you up over cold and flu season, it is effective and provides an affordable treatments against colds. Ginger root is high in B vitamins and is known to trigger sweating that can remove toxins from the body. Ginger has an antimicrobial effect and tastes great, too. You can find it in most supermarkets and add it to some of your favorite dishes to kick up the flavor while benefiting from its wholesome ingredients.
Follow our simple homemade ginger tea recipe, which you can pour it into a thermos and take it with you to the office or give it to your child when they go to school.
Ginger Tea Ingredients
- 1 lemon
- Ginger root
- 8 ounces cold water
- Honey, to taste
- Cloves, allspice, cinnamon, peppermint, to taste (optional)
1. Boil water
2. Chop peeled lemon and about 1 inch ginger
3. Add lemon and ginger to mug
4. Add boiling water
5. Let steep
6. Add honey and other spices, flavorings if desired
Tissues With Lotion: Soften and Soothe Your Nose
Facial tissues with lotion provide the extra softness you’ll need when feeling under the weather and blowing your nose for the millionth time. And you can even take it a step further with tissues with Vicks.
Puffs Plus Lotion with the scent of Vicks is the only tissue that is dermatologist tested to be gentle on sensitive skin (you know, like the red skin around your poor, runny nose)—combined with the comforting scent of Vicks—a little hug with every nose blow.
How To Blow Your Nose?
Puffs Plus Lotion is great for the task, as it locks in moisture to soothe irritation. And Puffs Plus Lotion with the Scent of Vicks adds the gentle, refreshing scent of Vicks right into the tissue—so that you get some comfort with every nose blow.
Blowing Your Nose Regularly: Make sure to blow your nose regularly rather than sniffling the mucus back in, but don’t blow so hard that the phlegm enters your ear passages. Until your nose has stopped being runny you’re going to need to keep blowing it, so use soft tissues. Puffs Plus Lotion locks in moisture better to help ensure your nose doesn’t become raw.
Blow Your Nose Gently: The best way to blow your nose is to place a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other.
Hot Or Cold Shower When Sick?
Steam baths or a warm shower are a great way to help you decongest.
You can hold your head over a pot of hot water and slowly breathe (just be careful not to place your face directly into the steam!). Steam will help clear your passageways and soothe your sinuses.
You can also breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water. Inhaling warm (not hot) steam can help soothe the mucous membranes lining the nose.
Is It Good To Sleep When Sick?
When you’re dealing with that pesky and persistent cold, it is essential that you get plenty of rest so your body can recuperate and heal.
Sleep is also a great way of helping you recover from constantly having to blow your nose.