On Saturday morning, I woke up with a cold. Yes. A cold. The common cold. Normally, a box of DayQuil and 10 days are all that’s required to feel good again.
But this time? Good Lord, I feel like I’ve been hit by a ton of bricks. And I’m supposed to get chemo again on Thursday. These are supposed to be my GOOD days! Grrrrrrrr.
OK, I’m aware that a cold will last as long as it will last whether I complain or not. So, I’ll stop. Instead I looked up natural remedies for cold symptoms and went to town.
This morning, I spent 90 minutes preparing and using 5 natural remedies and, surprisingly enough, I had all of the ingredients on hand!
Step one: Essential Steam
I put five drops of tea tree oil in my bathroom sink. Then got a tea kettle full of boiling water and filled it. I used a bath towel to make a steam tent and I breathed in the steam until the water stopped steaming. I took breaks occasionally from the heat. Man, did it make my nose run! Success.
Step two: Sore Throat Gargle
This mixture of apple cider vinegar, sage, salt and water helps with swelling, pain and may help kill the virus. It was disgusting! It tasted like a mixture of … vinegar and sage! Who knew?? But my throat feels better. 🙂
Step three: Sinus Clearing Bath Salt
I filled my tub with very warm water and added 1 cup of Epsom salt and peppermint essential oil. Again, my nose ran and chest discomfort lessened.
Step four: Hot Ginger Tea
Yes, more of the ginger tea I complained about before. It’s not that I don’t like it, I’m just up to by eyeballs in the stuff. But I drank it like a good girl. And it did soothe my chest tickle. I was awake most of the night with a very annoying tickly cough.
Step five: Chest Salve
First I melted coconut oil in a double boiler until it was liquid. Then poured it into a glass storage container and added 15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Once it cools and reforms into a semi-solid state, I will rub it on my chest like a homemade Vick’s VapoRub. I’m also going to put it on my feet. Why? Because my grandma used to do that, and it turns out that she knew a lot of things about stuff.
I’m going to repeat all of these steps throughout the day and see how I feel. Yes, I could take DayQuil or Tylenol or Sudafed. But I’m worried about my poor liver. I’ve been told that my liver function is normal and my “numbers” are in the range they’d expect. But it seems like a lot to keep dumping on my liver and expecting it to keep up. Plus, I feel like those are temporary solutions. Tylenol may make me feel better but that doesn’t mean the congestion has cleared or the cause of the sore throat is gone. I prefer getting to the root of the problem.
It’s nearly 80 degrees here today, so I think I’ll sit on my patio in the shade and get some fresh air. THAT is something that definitely always makes me feel better.