As I gather my thoughts what I’m about to write I find it ironic that the topic is fighting the cold and flu. The ironic part is that my hubby is currently suffering from a cold, which is slowly moving down, into his lungs. Last Friday night we had a small gathering and then he woke up Saturday morning with a sore throat, which I determined was caused by the beginnings of post-nasal drip.
4 Tips for Cold & Flu Season
1. Eat your vitamins and drink plenty of fluids. My first suggestion was to take some Echinacea and zinc tablets and begin drinking plenty of fluids.
2. Lemon Ginger Tea. To help with the sore throat pain I put a recipe I read about to work.
Here are the ingredients:
- Heat 2-cups of water
- Grate 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger root
- Add ginger to water and simmer for 10 minutes
- Pour water through strainer into large mug or bowl
- Add two tablespoons of raw organic honey
- Squeeze half a lemon into the cup
- Sip slowly while hot.
Not only is this concoction good for your sour throat it will also help loosening up phlegm in your nasal passages and lungs. Just a word of warning this drink does have a kick.
3. Chicken Broth with Garlic and Noodles Soup. Another home remedy I have tried is good for attacking the bugs that are wreaking havoc on your immune system. This home remedy involves the use of fresh garlic so not only with it keep the bugs away it will also keep your family and friends at a safe distance. Basically you start heating up some chicken broth with noodles and season to your taste. For the last two minutes of simmering add some freshly minced garlic to the soup.
4. Stock up early. My hubby and I have been drinking both of these treatments for the past two days and have to say they are helping to relieve his symptoms and for me to avoid spreading his cold on me. That is the most important thing to me is relief. Unfortunately right before my hubby goes to sleep is not the best time to be ingesting large amounts of fluids. So when it comes to getting a good nights sleep I suggested Vicks vapor rub and Nyquil to give him some zzz’s. Before heading to sleep I gave him a dose of Vicks Nyquil and told him to apply some of the vaporub beneath his nose and on his neck and chest. This rammed usually gets me through the night so I can get one of the most important things to getting better and that is rest.
Stock up early, make a run to your local Walmart to pick up the essentials you want to have on hand just in case: hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs, lots of tissues (we like Puffs Plus Lotion for frequent nose blowing!), Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe to tackle your symptoms, and a few packages of your favorite chicken soup or organic chicken broth.
Giveaway: I’ve put together a $20 Walmart gift card. Walmart sent me this gift card so I could purchase the Vicks Severe, but luckily I have already purchased it earlier, so I’m giving my gift card to 1 of my lucky reader, so you can stock up on all the cold and flu season essentials!
Rules: Entry is super easy. To enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Walmart gift card, comment below and tell me What is one thing that makes you feel better when you’re sick?
Updated: The winner is
Audrey Anglesey. Congratulations!
Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Enter through 2/20. Winner will be chosen randomly by 2/22 and notified by email.
Good luck and stay healthy!