Hello, everybody. Welcome to the sound I make when I have a cold!
Which is to say, the Friday night tickle in my throat turned into a full blown cold over the weekend. Great because technically I was getting sick without missing work. Not so great because I had a 9AM Monday deadline that I had to push back.
You know what’s also great and not-great? The fact that I am now terrified of conventional cold medicines and pain-killers. From the chemical additives, preservatives, and cancer-causing food colorings down to the function of the medicine itself and its affect on the gut, there’s pretty much nothing over the counter that I feel safe using.
Thankfully, there’s the internet. Here’s a good round of homeopathic, immune-system-friendly relief and remedies I used to feel better ASAP:
Grossest: Gargle and Swallow ACV
I hate, hate, HATE gargling salt water, but I’ll add lemon and do it when things get really bad. That experience prepared me a bit for gargling and swallowing 1TB of Apple Cider Vinegar in water! This reportedly helps to clear out the germs in the back of the throat and push them into the stomach where they won’t cause so much trouble.
Most Potent: Chopped Garlic in Honey
This was downright painful, but was touted as a cureall on several blogs. As many times a day as I could remember or tolerate, I chopped up a clove of garlic, swirled it in a TSP of raw honey, and swallowed with water like a pill. I ended up doing it once per day on light cold days, and three or four times on the two bad cold days (when I felt most sick).
Most Pleasant: Essential Oils In Humidifier
For much of my sick time, I kept the humidifier cup-thingy full of Tea Tree essential oil. This has random healing and antiseptic properties, but also gives the bedroom a pleasantly medicinal smell. That probably sounds weird, but it was nice to feel like the room had medicine that would make me feel better.
Most Delicious: Ginger and Lemon Tea
The #1 recommendation on all the blogs I read focused on liquids, and several mentioned the healing power of ginger and honey. On the worst day, I had about three bouts of raw ginger soaked in boiling water. Pop in some honey and lemon and it soothed my throat as good as any throat spray I’ve tried.
Most Relaxing: Resting
The #2 recommendation was rest! And aside from some cabin fever, that part was nice. I made sure to wash the sheets and pillow cases every night, as well as air out the room with the windows open for an hour or so per day to let the room breathe.
Most Indulgent: Baths with Epsom Salts
During this trial, I found the motivation to scrub the crap out of the tub (unfortunately I had to use bleach, but I try to limit my usage as much as possible). JHubbs helped by finishing it up. The result was a fantastically clean tub that begged to be soaked in! So I loaded up on epsom salts and tea tree oil before bed to relax me and break up some of the cold. It was really nice!
This was not the extent of the amazing posts I read, but I was too sick to head to the store and load up on recommended oils and tonics. I’m totally interested in doing so, though, considering I don’t have a replacement for Aleve yet (I’ve been off the regular use of NSAIDs for almost a year, but I’ve had to take 1 or 2 pills per month lately because of chronic ladytimes problems). My favorite blogs to turn to to learn about homeopathic awesomeness are as follows:
- The Wellness Mama – This blogger is so friendly and easy to follow along with! A great place to get started de-chemicaling your lifestyle.
- Keeper of the Home – This blog has been around a long time and offers some really comprehensive tips and advice.
- Girl Meets Nourishment – New to me, but a great post on homeopathic remedies for lots of situations.
Do you have any go-to homeopathic cold remedies?
PS How to eat clean, Paleo AIP style, when you’re sick!