We've all experienced it this time of year- sneezing, coughing, phlegm, wheezing, runny nose, sore throat, dry tickle in our throat that won't stop... the list goes on. We've got the best remedies for the cold, virus, or even the flu, that if you use in combination with one another will definitely help get you back on the road to recovery faster.
1) DRINK WATER!
This might sound overrated but staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to have good vocal health. Vocal cords become dry and irritated during the winter and you need that regular replenishment of water to keep those cords healthy.
2) DRINK HOT TEA WITH COLD FIGHTING INGREDIENTS!
Make a homemade tea with water, ginger, natural organic raw honey, lemon, basil and drink up! These ingredients have been proven to be anti-inflammatory, full of vitamin c, pain-relieving and muscle relaxing, and immune-boosting which helps you fight that cold quicker. Yogi Throat Comfort Tea is fantastic because it has soothing ingredients like licorice, fennel, and slippery elm in addition to the homemade lemon-ginger tea. Drink both!
3) DRINK HOMEMADE CHICKEN SOUP!
If you make homemade chicken soup (you have to cook a chicken and use the bones to make the broth), that will definitely speed up the process of recovery. It works even better than over-the-counter cough and cold medicines! The hot fluids helped increase the movement of nasal mucus, and it also improves the function of protective cilia, the tiny hairlike projections in the nose that prevent contagions from entering the body. The bone that gets cooked into the soup provides many vitamins and nutrients that help you fight that cold.
4) TURN ON THE HUMIDIFIERS!
Have several in your home and if you are traveling, bring one with you to wherever you are staying (there are convenient, portable humidifiers that are fantastic for traveling). Put one next to your bed and have it turned on while you are sleeping. We are serious about this one- make your house like a rain forest. If you don't have a humidifier on you, turn the shower on the hottest setting and breath those warm vapors in. You can also put on some hot water on the stove and put a towel over your head and breath it in. Whatever it takes! The most important part is making sure your environment is going to help you heal and recover.
5) TRY NOT TO TALK OR SING AND REST YOUR VOICE!
We know it's hard, but try not to sing or talk- keep it to a minimum and give your body a chance to heal.
Zinc lozenges or syrup reduce the length of a cold, especially when taken within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms. Most colds are caused by a type of virus called rhinovirus, which thrives and multiplies in the nasal passages and throat (upper respiratory system). Zinc helps by preventing the rhinovirus from multiplying. It also stops the rhinovirus from lodging in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose.Zinc is definitely more effective when taken in lozenge or syrup form, which allows the substance to stay in the throat and come in contact with the rhinovirus. Make sure you only use recommended amount.
7) STAY WARM!
Warmer temperatures kill viral infections faster, so turn up the heat, use an electric blanket, wear a scarf, put a hat on, and bundle up. The hat keeps your body heat from rising up out of your head. Wear hand and feet warmers and make sure you head and abdominal area is covered and warm (that is where you keep most of your body heat).
8) NEILMED NASAL RINSE & GARGLE SALTWATER!
Help un-clog your sinuses with this natural sinus relief–sinus rinse kit. A saline nasal irrigation soothes and moisturizes and helps unclog that nose and sinuses. NeilMed's Nasal Rinse is the #1 physician prescribed OTC nasal rinse. Make sure to only use distilled water. Also, try gargling saltwater throughout the day.
9) GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP!
When you are feeling under the weather, your body needs even MORE sleep than it normally requires in order to get back to proper health. When your body might have needed 8, now it might need 10 or more hours of sleep. You might need to take a few hours during the day and take a nap as well. When you sleep, your body is fighting colds and sickness better than when you are awake. Turn off the lights, turn off your phone, and close your eyes and try to sleep. It helps if you have a nice, warm eye pillow/mask covering your eyes (the heat also helps when you have sinus issues or a stuffy nose). Don't forget to turn on that humidifier, too!
10) OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS AND ANTIBIOTICS!
Sometimes it's necessary- antibiotics are crucial when a cold has turned into an infection and misery that just seems to last for days and won't go away.