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. My symptoms started with one nostril getting really stuffy. That quickly turned into both nostrils, plus lots of sneezing. All I wanted to do was stay in bed - which is impossible for a mom of young kids! I determined that I was NOT going to be sick on my trip. I launched straight into my get-well-soon system. After two days, I was well!
1) SWEET’S SYRUP - This should be obvious, ha! I drank a tablespoon every 3 hours when awake, and when I woke up in the middle of the night I took a swig.
2) SLOW DOWN - While I had a million 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! Sing 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 stand, then add 1 cup of Epsom Salts (buy at Costco in bulk) and 1/2 cup of baking soda (get the big bag at Costco). Because of my congestion, I added a few drops of Doterra Breathe essential oil (Young Living RC is also a favorite). I put the Epsom Salts in my hand and then add the drops of oil in the salt, not directly into the water. I can’t remember why... just read it somewhere. (I’ve also read that you can add 4T of ginger to the bath but haven't tried that yet.) Soak for as long as you can and be sure to drink a couple glasses of water.
4) INFRARED AND SALT ROOM at KUR Health Spa: 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%, so this was what I needed to finish it off. 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 breathe are small enough to be inhaled into the deepest part of the lungs, penetrating through the bronchial tree and into the alveoli. Clinical studies show that inhaling dry salt aerosol reduces inflammation of the whole respiratory tract. Again, I ADORE KUR HEALTH SPA!!!
4) ESSENTIAL OILS - When I was chilling on the couch at home, I had Breathe diffusing (RC is also really good). I moved my diffuser next to my bed so I could breathe it all night too. In addition, I diluted the essential oil with coconut oil and put a bit on my chest and the bottoms of my feet. David at Kur Health Spa told me this cool tip: Wet a cotton pad and put a couple drops of oil on it. Drop the pad in a little cup. Carry it around with you or keep in the car's cup holder. I carried it around and kept inhaling every time I thought about it.
5) SALINE NASAL SPRAY - 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 it 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 just give a chance. I always warm up the water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Use distilled water. One of my best friends tried to make her own salt solution and said it was BAD and 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. It sounds weird, but just do it anyway! 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 very hot bath. I did this before I hung out on the couch and before bed.
- Get a bowl of ice water and soak the regular 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 (use a carrier oil like coconut)
- Wring out the wet, ice cold socks and put them on.
- Cover the wet socks with the woolen socks.
- Go to sleep!