This week I’ve had a cold. Three days of aches and pains and snot – yuck! It hasn’t been fun. But today I’m feeling better, which is awesome! Here are some of my (almost) secret weapons to get over a cold quickly.
Take time to rest and reduce the stress.
I could feel it coming on. The signs and symptoms included: the tickle in the back of my throat, a few sneezes, reaching for a Kleenex (over & over), arms and legs feeling heavy, and a general lack of energy. So, I looked over my up-coming schedule to make sure I had plenty of downtime, delegating anything I could to other family members (such as errands and cooking duty).
Reducing stress can help your immune system fight the virus. To give your immune system a charge, do something that relaxes you: listen to music, meditate, delegate some responsibilities, and rest!
Drink lots of fluids.
Fluids are your friend! They’ll help unclog your nose and thin any mucus so you can cough or blow it out. Keep a glass close by. Any fluid (besides alcohol) will help you stay hydrated, but plain water is best. If you feel feverish (luckily I had no fever!), keeping hydrated is even more important, because a fever drains even more body fluids through sweat or through your lungs (as you breathe) than you would normally.
Sip some chicken soup! Not only does it help with your fluid intake, but Cysteine (an amino acid released from chicken during cooking) is chemically similar to a common bronchitis drug. The soup thins mucus and calms the symptoms from a stuffed-up nose. One study shows that even most supermarket brands help block inflammatory cells, leading to reduced cold symptoms.
Use essential oils.
A couple of years ago, I became a Wellness Advocate with dōTERRA Essential Oils. These are very high quality oils. (Honestly, I did this to be able to purchase them wholesale and to give them to my family.) We love their dōTERRA On Guard® products. In particular, we defuse the dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend which supports healthy immune and respiratory function.
You can also use essential oils to make scented bath salts. Here’s a favorite and easy recipe:
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drop of peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- A small dish for blending
- A glass airtight container
Pour the salt into your container and, in a different dish, blend the essential oils. Add the oils to the salt and stir thoroughly with a spoon. When taking a bath fill the tub half way, add 2-3 tablespoons of salt, and fill it up the rest of the way. Breathe deeply and relax!
See your Chiropractor.
That’s right! Get an adjustment. Our chiropractor is Dr. George Sooley. I originally met him when I took my mother to meet with him to address her back pain. After her thorough evaluation, his staff invited us to a new client orientation meeting where Dr. Sooley educated us on his process. We learned WHY it is so important to see your chiropractor for your health.
Chiropractic is a method of healthcare that permits your body to function at its best. A healthy immune system means having a high resistance to disease and infection, gives you a better ability to deal with stress, and blesses you with greater health and well-being.
After the meeting, I made an appointment for me! With the adjustments, I find that I am able to be more active. There are fewer headaches and little to no lower back pain. In the past, this 3 day cold would have easily been much, much worse. Because I am feeling better, I’m a better “support system” for my mother and grandchildren/family. It’s worth the time to feel better!
One final note.
If you have any of the following signs and symptoms, which could indicate a serious case or complications, call your doctor!
- Fever above 101.5 F
- Shaking chills
- A cough with phlegm that doesn’t improve or gets worse
- Bloody mucus or phlegm
- Shortness of breath with normal daily activities
- Chest pain when you breathe or talk
- Inability to keep down food or liquids
While these suggestions may not be that secret, I do personally recommend each and every one of them. They have helped improve our overall health and have helped us get over our colds quickly!