We are in the last stages of clearing this bug out of here. Usually a few days off of exercise plus some relaxation sound great to me, but when I’m fighting a bug, it’s the pits. Yesterday a good friend offered to watch Hailey for a little bit in the morning so I could get a load of laundry going and run to the store. I’m so grateful for kind friends around here. It really helps when I’m in a pinch and don’t have any family nearby.
I’m subscribing to all my methods of recovery. I’m trying to get plenty of sleep (because rest during the day isn’t happening), drinking plenty of fluids, washing my hands religiously (ouch, they are so dry!!) and taking a few days away from the gym. I’m not usually a big fan of medicine and try to avoid it all during pregnancy, if possible, so here are some of my favorite natural, pregnancy-approved remedies that are helping me through this rough patch.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
For: colds, sore throats, congestion
Why: It soothes a sore throat and helps loosen nasal mucus, plus has the healing compounds of vegetables. Plus, it’s delicious and gentle on the stomach.
How: Make it. Eat it.
For: Upset stomach
Why: Ginger reduces inflammation, increases circulation and relaxes the intestines.
How: Did you know that most ginger ale doesn’t is actually a mixture of high fructose corn syrup and natural flavors. It doesn’t even contain real ginger. So either find an ale that contains the real stuff, boil ginger root to create a tea, chew on real ginger or try taking ginger capsules.
For: Upset stomach
Why: The compounds in peppermint activate an anti-pain channel in the colon, reducing discomfort.
How: Taking peppermint capsules, chewing peppermint gum or make peppermint tea using fresh leaves and adding boiling water until it steeps into a tea.
For: Sore throat
Why: Garlic is a natural anti-biotic
How: Peel a clove and suck on it, slightly squeezing it without crushing for 10 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day. It will help kill bacteria causing a sore throat that resides in the mouth and throat
Salt Water Gargle
For: Sore throat
Why: It reduces swelling of the throat, loosens mucus and can help flush out irritants and bacteria.
How: Dissolve 1/2 tsp of salt in 1 cup of warm water. Gargle the solution for several seconds before spitting it out. Repeat 4-5 times during a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
For: Strengthening immune system (among other things)
Why: It breaks up and loosens mucus, acts as a natural expectorant and the malic acid in apple cider vinegar acts as a strong anti-viral.
How: Mix 1 Tbsp apple cider in a large glass of hot water. Add a squeeze of lemon and honey. Mix well and sip 2-3 times a day at the first sign of a cold.
Why: The moist heat helps loosen congestion so you can get it out. It will also moisten your nasal passages and airways.
How: A hot shower or you can boil water and carefully put your face over it to breathe in the steam. Be careful as not to burn yourself.
Lemon & Hot Honey Water
For: Sore throat, colds, congestions
Why: The vitamin C in the lemon and the the coating, anti-bacterial properties of honey will help kick the cold germs while coating and soothing your irritated throat. The hot liquid helps break up and loosen mucus.
How: Squeeze then drop half a lemon into a large mug. Add 1 Tbsp of raw honey and fill with boiling water. Sip and repeat and often as needed.
And I’m doing to my best to take of my whole self…
Hoping to be back to normal in the next day or so. Thanks for all the well-wishes!
What natural remedies to you swear by when cold season hits?