Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Sick Essentials + Get Well Secrets


During my hiatus, I managed to get sick a total of 3 times. Since flu season is here, I thought it appropriate to share some of my sick essentials and secrets with you.

Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea + Menthol Lemon Cough Drops

My friend Melissa shared this little secret with me and it is HEAVEN when you have a sore throat. The honey and chamomile in the tea is incredibly relaxing and soothing. The secret with this stuff though is to let the lemon cough drop dissolve in the tea. The benefits of a cough drop without the nasty taste, plus the warm awesomeness of tea.

Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is a given, but choosing a heartier soup will help you not starve when you're sick. I don't know about you, but for some reason I'm always starving when I'm sick. Seriously.

Appropriate Medicine

Don't be a hero (or a 5-year-old). Take your medicine. You're not helping your body by letting it suffer through that fever of yours.

Your Favorite Snack or Candy

Being sick can really get you down. You can't eat any of the food you normally want, and you can't do any of the things you really want to do. I always get myself a treat for when I'm sick, so that once I'm starting to feel better enough to have it, I have something to lift my spirits a little. No better way to jump into recovery than with chocolate.

Emergen-C or Airborne

Once you start feeling sick, or even after you get sick take some of this stuff to either ward off the sickness or shorten it. I stupidly skipped this part and ended up getting sick two more times. Learn from my mistakes, yes?

BONUS SECRETS:

  • My mom used to pour apple cider vinegar into a shot glass, mix it with honey and make me take it for a sore throat. Disgusting, but it works.
  • She also used to make me hot lemonade for a sore throat. It also works...but now I associate lemonade with sickness.
  • Gargling warm salt water also helps.
  • Nasal sprays and inhalers help WONDERS as a quick fix for congestion. 
What do you do when you're sick? 

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