NATURAL REMEDIES FOR THE COMMON COLD

Being sick with the common cold during the summer seems like a blast…right? Especially for us moms, or pregnant mommas out there! I seriously give kudos to those who know how to juggle being sick, because of this last week I felt like I gave every excuse in the book just to stay in bed and not do one thing. I have had a house full of sick people for the last two weeks, but as soon as it got to me, the pause button on life came into effect. ​

If you’re like me, you hate medicine. Any form of the pill makes me sick to my stomach, and I rather suffer than to take anything- Unless It’s Dayquil or Nyquil, which in my case is also out of the question since I’m pregnant. So, I wanted to share with you a few “Natural remedies” on how to reduce your standard cold symptoms, and ways to relieve your pain. ​

 

GET REST! 

Seriously sounds like a no-brainer thing to do- But honestly, how many of you actually do it? I know being an adult comes with responsibilities, and you can’t just move aside your entire schedule. But, you need to find time to get better. Without resting your body, you will not completely heal. Take a few things (in my case, all things) off your to-do list. Put your feet up, and read a book or watch a movie. It’s the best form of medicine.

DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS

I can’t tell you how often I had sent my husband, who by the way was sick as well, to the grocery store to buy more bottles of water, juice, and tea. I indulged myself with Honey Lemon Ginger tea this weekend.

  • Having a hot drink will help reduce your sore throat.
  • As for Orange juice, most people say that if you drink it while sick, it helps boost your immunity. Some say its a myth, but I love Orange juice so any excuse to drink it is ok in my book.
  • You also have to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated during your sickness is so important especially if you’re sick while pregnant, or it’s  during the summer. I keep a full water bottle by my bed at all times.

MAINTAIN MOISTURE

  • We recently ordered the babies nursery a humidifier, but it hasn’t even made its way to his room yet. We had a humidifier running at night and during the day. It has helped with the dryness of our throats and helped immensely with our congestion. The kids also had one running in their room at night to prevent from catching our cold.
  • Hot steamy showers are also good. It helps moistens your nasal passage and will keep you relaxed. I have major dizzy spells while being sick, and these showers have seems to help with that.

ESSENTIAL OILS

There are so many oils out there that will help you with almost everything. But I have never needed oils more so than when I am sick. They have helped me under so many circumstances, well or not. Here are a few of my favorite to use during sickness:​

On Guard– Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*
  • Protects against environmental threats*
  • Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
  • Promotes healthy circulation*
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

Best use for this is if you rub it on your feet or if you add a shot of On Guard to a small cup of water and gargle it should work wonders.

Oregano Oils– Known as a popular cooking spice

  • Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Supports a healthy immune system*
  • Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function*
  • Offers powerful antioxidants*

Eucalyptus Oils– Helps cleanse surfaces

  • Helps to clear the mind
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation
  • Promotes feelings of clear breathing

BLOW YOUR NOSE

​This is another no-brainer. I’m not going to lie, when I’m sick I hardly blow my nose. It’s not good to to “sniff” your mucus back in. So gently blow one nostril at a time, and try to release as much mucus as you can. Make sure not to blow too hard, as it can cause A horrible earache. -Also, keep Kleenex with you at all times.

SLEEP ELEVATED

​The most uncomfortable thing for me is to sleep upright, but it’s also the best thing for you to do while sick. It helps with the drainage of your nasal passage. So grab your extra pillows, and plop yourself upright.

For those of you reading this, I hope you get well soon! Please share with me some of your at home remedies to beat the common cold! I would love to take notes for the next time it hits our home.

If you’re interested in knowing more about how oils can benefit your everyday life, please contact  Lindsay directly at 1oilforlife@gmail.com

August 27, 2016

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