If I have a cold, there is no way I am going to the doctor’s office. I hate the whole process of calling, planning, going, waiting, and receiving test results before picking up prescriptions. It’s not like I just suffer until one day I wake up all better, though. Instead, I’ve learned how to use home remedies to heal and subdue symptoms of the common cold.
This is a big one it seems we all struggle with, often more than once, every cold season. But you don’t need to worry, because I have perfected a system to fight back and get better within three days (that’s my personal record). Gargle salt water to ease your sore tonsils, then take a spoonful of honey to relax and soothe your throat. You must get a lot of rest, and when you do decide to sleep or nap, put Vicks Vaporub on your throat (and on your chest, if it is hurting). Now, the important thing about the Vicks is that when you put it on your throat, you must wrap a scarf around your neck. I know, you’ll look ridiculous. Your roommates will probably make fun of you, but I promise, the scarf makes a huge difference—you’ll feel it!
I have found that the best way to get rid of a headache is usually drinking a lot of water, taking a couple of Advil, and resting. Then again, who didn’t know that? For more powerful healing, take a heating pad or warm cloth and put it around the nape of your neck to help ease tension. You can also massage your temples with or without different essential oils, and if you are into aromatherapy you can put a couple drops of eucalyptus, lavender, frankincense, and peppermint oils into a diffuser.
This is the time for you to cuddle up with a heating pad or hot water bottle. Again Advil and rest are a must to subdue any pain and help your body heal itself. Ginger ale, chamomile tea, and a mild diet relax the tummy and help you avoid any more irritation. Look for bread-based foods on your path to recovery!
In general, staying hydrated is one of the most important things to focus on so your body can naturally flush out toxins. Resting is also very important because your body needs to relax to properly heal itself. Of course, if you have bronchitis or the flu, you should get some medical help, but for those of you facing annoying (but not life-threatening) maladies, at home solutions can save time and money.
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