Do you know that feeling in the back of your throat that means you’re getting sick? Dread builds in your system along with the inflammation, “I can’t get sick, no way!” you cry internally.
That was me last night. I despise colds and all they entail, as I’m sure you do also.
I want to share the remedies and tricks that have worked for me. If they don’t get rid of a cold entirely, they will at least shorten its span and reduce the symptoms.
1. Apple cider vinegar
Warm up a mug of water and mix in a little over a teaspoon of ACV. I like to add honey and cinnamon. Lemon juice or lemon extract is a good option as well.
You can drink ACV straight as long as it’s a small amount. Anything past a shot glass would be unwise. It’s best to dilute it with some water at the very least if you want to skip the other factors.
It’s comforting to balance out your flavors with some broth. The salt and warmth of it does wonders for a sore throat and gives some variety to the parade of fluids that are at your reach.
3. Tea (chamomile, licorice, lemongrass, etc.)
This one is a no brainer. I think most people know that tea is god for a cold, and not just to soothe your throat. It has properties (properTEAS, if you don’t mind) that assist in kicking a cold, one of which is that it keeps you hydrated.
I don’t know about you but drinking cold water with a sore throat makes me shudder.
This point is probably the most effective, and yet, the hardest to come by when one has a job or any responsibilities at all. Sleeping more often when sick will no doubt speed up the process of recovery.
5. Ricola herb throat drops, CherryHoney flavored
These suckers are great for keeping your mind off of the discomfort of a sore throat. That, and they do help with the swelling. I mostly use them as a distraction so I can keep writing without thinking, “ew” every time I swallow.
Those are the cold remedies that have worked for me over the years. They have kept me working, focused, and able.
Stay healthy out there.