There was a Spring cold going around a couple weeks ago, and I caught it….I’ve learned the hard way (more than once unfortunately) that you can eat all the right foods and take all the right supplements, but if you don’t get sufficient sleep your body will crash and burn every time. I have a long history of sleep problems and it’s a constant struggle for me - the only times I get sick is when I’ve had several bad nights of sleep and my immune system is compromised. Your immune system crashes without enough sleep!!!
The cold came about the week before I was leaving for vacation and I was NOT going to be sick on my trip - got started right away with healing. My symptoms started with one nostril getting really stuffy and then became both and lots of sneezing, congestion and all I wanted to do was stay in bed - which being a mom is impossible!! These were my action steps and I was back to 100% in two days.
1) SWEET’S SYRUP - this should be obvious, ha! I took every single 3 hours - when I woke up in the middle of the night I got a dose then too.
2) SLOW DOWN - While I had a jillion things to do before I left on vacation I slashed my to-do list and did the bare minimum to give my body a break and chance to heal. I rested on the couch and didn't feel bad about not being more productive - my body needed it! That horrible Daniel Tiger song “When you’re sick, rest is best rest is best”
3) DETOX BATHS - I think I took about 3 of these! Get the water as hot as you can handle it - add 1 cup of Epson Salt (I buy at Costco in bulk), 1/2 cup of baking soda (I also buy a big bag at Costco), because of my congestion I added a few drops of Doterra Breathe (Young Living RC is also a favorite). I put the Epson Salt in my hand and then put the drops of oil in the salt, not directly into the water - can’t remember why, just read it somewhere…I’ve also read to add 4T or so of ginger to the bath, need to try. Soak for as long as you can and be sure to drink a couple glasses of water.
4) INFRARED AND SALT ROOM - KUR Health Spa is such a godsend - I adore this place!! I wish I could have gotten in earlier but couldn’t make it happen with preschool hours - I went at the tail end of my cold and left feeling 100%, was what I needed to finish it off. Ideally the sooner the better as the infrared is a powerful way to “sweat it out.” Saunas bring up your core body temperature producing an artificial fever which can combat the growth of the virus. The salt room was AWESOME - the particles you breath are small enough to be inhaled into the deepest part of the lungs and penetrate through the bronchial tree and into the alveoli - based on clinical studies inhaling dry salt aerosol reduces inflammation of the whole respiratory track. Again, I ADORE KUR HEALTH SPA!!!
4) ESSENTIAL OILS - When I was chilling on the couch I had Breathe diffusing (RC is also really good). I moved my diffuser next to my bed and had it going all night too. Diluted it with coconut oil and put on my chest and bottom of feet too. David at Kur Health Spa told me about this cool tip - get a little cup and wet a cotton pad and put a couple drops of oil on it. I carried it around and kept inhaling every time I thought about it.
5) SALINE UP MY NOSE - When I was in Austria I bought a salt nose spray from the mines there (If you ever go to Salzburg buy some of this stuff - it is AWESOME!) I sprayed up my nose a few times a day.
6) SINUS RINSE - I really like this Neil Med bottle because it feels so productive, you get out so much gunk.It’s a weird feeling the first time you do it, but give a chance. I always warm up the water (do not use tap). One of my best friends tried to make her own salt solution and said it was BAD, really burned - I just get the packets from Neil Med.
7) WET SOCK TRICK - Dr. Cammy Benton, my Integrative physician told me about this trick. Sounds weird but just do it anyways - I’m a total sucker for old wives tales! Here is what you’ll need - wool socks, regular socks, Breathe/RC essential oil, ice water and a hot hot bath. I did this before I hung out on the couch and before bed (slept in the socks).
First get a bowl of ice water and soak a pair of socks
Fill up the bath just enough to cover your feet with the hottest water you can handle - soak your feet for a couple minutes until they turn red.
Put Breathe or RC on the bottom of your feet
Put on the wet icy sock (ring it out a bit) and cover with the wool sock