If you have been following my blog or tweets you may have noticed a slight shift in my mood. Recently it seems as though a black cloud has been following me, and I have had a need to sleep... Lots and more and lots. This a.m I woke up and my throat was hurting: bad.
Uncertain of whether I had a voice left and knowing that I had work to do, I got up and set off. Happy in the knowledge that being ill is the reason for my recent depressive-self, woo hoo!! It's OK I’m not falling into a murky tunnel! This explains why my skin has been getting paler and my mood darker.
Armed with this knowledge I looked forward to finishing off my day and collecting my entire feel better essentials, here are some of my tried and tested tricks to helping me through a cold: sans médicaments!
First off when you have a cold you must keep hydrated. Drink lots of fluids, water of course is a fabulous friend and so are my delicious cold fighter brews:
Hot Orange and Honey:
Fill half a cup with hot water, stir in a couple of teaspoons of honey till fully melted. Top up with orange juice, stir and drink: A fabulous warm drink filled with goodness.
Lemon and Ginger Tea:
Chop up some ginger and halve a lemon. Squeeze the lemon into a cup and add ginger, now top this up with hot water, to finish; stir in a couple of teaspoons of honey.
I usually make these drinks at the same time. It is best to drink the Hot Orange and Honey as soon as you have made it, I drink this while waiting for the Lemon and Ginger Tea to cool down. If you have to face the office with a full blown cold, fill up a thermos with the Lemon and Ginger Tea and work while sipping your way towards better health.
A Thyme-ly Infusion
This is the simplest of all my cold fighter recipes and has the most immediate impact too. Very easy to make, get a bunch of thyme, wash carefully and place in a pan, fill up the pan with cold water and bring to the boil. Once served add honey, or a squeeze of lemon or lime. I tend to drink mine as it comes, savouring the natural flavours.
Thyme is a great healer! Fighting several diseases that cause bacteria and viruses. It is also a great digestive aid, helps with menstrual aches and pains and is a fantastic cold remedy. Today, thyme is used to treat whooping cough and emphysema in Germany.
Olbas Oil is your colds new best-friend , this decongestant will clear and soothe those painful sinuses and relieve nasal congestion. Apply a couple of drops to the following places:
With your drops dropped, inhale and look forward to clearer breathing!
Create your own inhalation at home all you need for a fabulous steam is:
To do this you need to fill up a bowl with hot water, grab a towel and place over your head, lean over the bowl and add a crystal. Breathe in as deeply as you can and let the menthol goodness pass through your airways.
You should be able to buy these crystals from any pharmacist; I got mine from boots for £1.53. The crystals are seriously strong so don't use more than one at a time. This is quite an intense process, you may feel like removing your face but try and brave it, feels so good afterwards!