It seems like somehow a cold has snuck up on me this weekend, so I thought what better topic to talk about. I can usually tell a few days before it hits that I’m starting to get sick. I get extremely exhausted and feel like a could sleep for days, I have sneeze attacks just randomly and the back of my nose/throat gets itchy and dry. As soon as this start happening I get all my cold products together and start taking them before it really hits me. As a busy hairstylist who works on commission there is no time for sick days. We don’t get paid if we aren’t at work and clients don’t really appreciate having to move an appointment they’ve been looking forward too. We all live busy lives and who has time to lay in bed for days to recover? Not me! I also don’t want to. What works for me may not work for everyone but here’s some things to try since we are entering cold/flu season. I don’t take cold or flu medication I try to use anything natural first.
-up your water intake. We want to flush out any yucky toxins that are in your body
-add lemon to your water to increase vitamin C intake. (read my blog post Lemon Water to find out more benefits)
-add moisture to the air with a humidifier. I need this when I sleep with a cold so I don’t wake up with a sore nose and throat, it will also help the dry cough at night.
-grandma always said to take Echinacea. Studies have mixed results on this, but I take it daily when I feel a cold coming on and it works great for me. It’s a herbal supplement and of course before taking any medication it is best to consult your doctor.
-lots and lots of rest. I’m not one to waste away a day sleeping but when your body is fighting anything rest is best. Your body is an amazing machine but if its fighting something and your running yourself down how is it supposed to get better? Depending on how sick I am I will still go to the gym every day I am sick if it’s just a small cold. It will be a much easier, low-key workout but it does feel nice to sweat some sickness out.
-if you own a diffuser there are some different cold mixtures you can find to use while you are sleeping. The essential oils I use at night for the duration of my cold or are equal parts (2-3 drops each) lemon, thieves, purification. Thieves and purification are cleansing oils which will help enhance immunity and the lemon is meant to get rid of flu/cold germs in your house/room.
-if you have body stiffness or I usually suffer from a sore lower back when I’m sick take a nice hot bath. I add a few drops of lavender essential oils to promote relaxation if it’s before bed and I add a cup of Epsom salts. The Epsom salts help to soothe body pain, and draws out toxins from the body.
Hopefully these will help keep you healthy and cold free through the winter!