Thursday, December 20, 2012

What's your #1 cure for winter colds?

Well, friends, it's finally happened: The first cold of the season has snuck up on me. I got a sore throat on Tuesday (seriously, it felt like my throat was on fire!!!), and by yesterday afternoon, my head was pounding and my nose was all stuffy. Ack! Needless to say, it hasn't been a very fun week, but my sweet mother is bringing me a vanilla milkshake to soothe my throat; she certainly does know the way to my heart. So, I've been doing all the usual things -- like drinking lots of fluids and getting lots of sleep -- in an effort to rid my body of these germs as quickly as possible.

What other tips do you have, friends? A special tea you swear by? A chicken soup recipe passed down from your grandmother? A favorite movie that lifts your spirits? I'd love to hear!! xoxo

12 comments:

Casual Jenny said...

well, I am sure the milkshake was tasty, but I normally stay away from dairy when I am umm...phlegmy. I feel like it just makes it worse.

Premee said...

When I get sick, it's gallons and gallons of tea (no milk, it makes me snotty too!) and then I order in hot and sour soup from this Malaysian place across town, then doctor it up with lemon juice and hot sauce so it's even hotter and sourer. It opens my sinuses up like a freeway, and the hot broth soothes my sore throat. Also, SO MUCH NAPPING.

Feel better soon! :)

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

Vicks makes me feel better all the time. I like to rub it in my feet and forehead.

Feel better soon.

suburban prep said...

Have hot water with some lemon juice in it and some honey. I also have chicken noodle soup. I also take Zinc. I try and stay away from dairy as that adds to the stuff settling in your throat and in your sinus. make sure you have a humidifier going as well. (I know it is raining here in the Mid West but that is outside). Sleep is important too. Another thing perhaps is Oscillococcinum (the naturalistic way to help with colds and flu). It can be found at walgreens or CVS .

Samantha Kimble said...

You need heat and lots of it. Get some ginger root at the store, peel the skin, slice it up and boil it in water to make a tea. It's great for the body. Last year I did a post about it.
http://reinventedsamantha.blogspot.com/2011/03/ginger-tea-to-rescue.html

Best of luck getting better.

Wendy said...

When I was little it was cola and vanilla ice-cream. Now it's ice water and lots of rest. Feel better, Melissa!

Fashion art and other fancies said...

I sip aged, dark rum. Get well soon.xx

Anonymous said...

Anything containing dairy is probably one of the worst things you can take! If you want something cold to soothe your throat..make a smoothie with frozen fruit and orange juice. Any time I ever took my kids to the doctor when they were sick...the first thing they ALWAYS said was........NO DAIRY! It only clogs your system and won't help to flush out your system effectively. Tea, clear broth, hot lemon water and fruit juices are what you need. Candy canes?? I'd opt for sugar-free throat lozenges--you don't need all that syrupy-sugar and empty calories. I know your mother's intentions were good, but it most likely made your situation that much worse. worse.

Try It With Carmella said...

it is SO cliche but whenever i start feeling sick i immediately get some orange juice and campbells soup (i prefer the princess shaped one, thank you) and idk if it really works but i always feel like it does!

Dancing Branflake said...

So sorry you're still sick, Melissa. Lots and lots of raw garlic!

Ashley Bee said...

Sounds weird, and I'll admit it tastes pretty gross BUT--I recently discovered that garlic is the most amazing thing for a cold. Chop up raw garlic and put in a spoon with a drizzle of honey, chew and swallow QUICKLY. The very next day my energy was back. The cold still took a while to shake but the worst parts were gone quickly with the garlic before bed :)

Alycia said...

being sick sucks! i don't have any methods for getting rid of one, just gotta let it run its course. but i do like having nasal decongestant spray and a throat numbing spray to help me sleep at night. feel better soon!

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