Before I get started, I wanted to share a Moxie photo.
We stayed home on July 4th to watch movies and make sure Moxie wasn’t upset about the fireworks. We live in one of 5 local cities that actually allow people to set off fireworks. Turns out, she was not impressed. In fact, Moxie seems more bothered by the garbage truck driving by than she did the booms and crackles of the fireworks.
Also an FYI: 20 Days of Nourishment starts today!
I had planned to share a post about healthy snacks for hungry runners today. However, I’ve been sick since last Thursday and I can’t taste anything right now. So that’ll have to wait. Instead, I’m going to show you things I like to drink/sniff/do when I’m fighting sickness! I’m not one to run to the doctor for prescription meds, so I have my own go-to strategies for dealing with head colds, coughs, congestion, etc.
There are a few things we all know to do (even though we probably don’t feel like it).
- Clean. Everything.
Fresh air and the removal of any germs that may be hanging around is very effect in the war against sickness. If you have good, natural cleaning products, the fresh aroma shouldn’t be harsh to breathe. I like this cleaning brand I found last week. Beautiful peppermint smell.
- Increase fluids.
Lots of water, of course. I like good herbal teas to soothe throats, especially those with ginger or echinacea in it.
- Really rest.
I’m always tempted to multi-task while sick. I lie to myself and say I can read this or write about that so that my time isn’t wasted just lying down and doing nothing…and therefore, you have this post. However, I believe that a mind at rest is just as important in the battle against sickness as a body at rest…and therefore, this is a short post.
Aside from that, these are the other things I like to do. Some are relatively new to me (essential oils) and others I’ve been doing with some success for years.
- Drink Homemade Kill-Everything-Bad Tea
Sounds intense, right? I know a lot of people who have some version of this and they call it different things. My version is taking the following ingredients and heating them up in water until a potent tea is created that I can then sip slowly:
-Fresh Garlic (minced, grated, or juiced)
-Fresh Ginger (minced, grated, or juiced)
-Cardamom Seeds (crushed)
-Fresh Onion (diced or juiced)
I don’t always use all these ingredients at the same time. Depends on what I have handy and how much work I feel like I can put into this. I make about 3 cups worth and sip at it all day. It burns going down and I imagine it’s killing all the bad things inside me.
- Sniff Essential Oils – Nectar Essences
I have a forthcoming review about using essentials oils for fitness performance and healthy living. One brand I really dig is a small company called Nectar Essences. They packages essential oil blends based on use with instructions about the best way to apply them. I’ve been inhaling this decongest,immunity blend about 3 times a day and each time I do, I can feel my nasal passages opening up. It’s refreshing!
- Drink Homemade Juice
I’ve mentioned before I do not believe in juicing as a regular part of my diet, but I do when I’m sick and I want to get nutrients in my body without making my body work for it. I want all my bodies energy focused on healing. Here are some things I like to juice at home and will mix and match depending on what I have available:
-Fresh Ginger (always have this on hand)
-Fresh Garlic (yes, I’ll put one or two cloves into a juice)
-Orange or Grapefruit
-Leafy greens (kale, spinach)
-Cilantro or Parsley
-Beets or Carrots
-Cucumber or CeleryOften I’ll mix in chia seeds OR a green superfood powdered mix. For example, this mix from Amazing Grass.
I NEVER mix both chia seeds and a powdered grass mix because it tastes and feels awful when the grass flakes stick to the chia seeds. I literally can’t get over feeling like I’m drinking furry algae.
- Watch some chick flicks.
We don’t have a TV but we do have Netflix. When I’m feeling sick enough that I can’t do much other than lie down and drink potent beverages, I like to put on a good mindless romantic comedy or TV series. Something I can fall asleep too and won’t feel like I missed anything. Friends episodes are good because I’ve already seen them all. Movies like Legally Blonde or The Wedding Planner are also good for this sort of thing.
What are your Go-To home remedies when you’re sick?
Have any Netflix recommendations for me?