9.10.12

Surviving the Cold Season


I think the whole of my Twitter timeline including me caught a cold last week. I thought I might share some tips on how I manage the germs as I rarely reach for Lemsip or Beecham.  In recent years off the shelf cold remedies have been making me feel a little fuzzy headed and I can't deal with that and going to work.

Sore Rudolph noses are best treated with a natural balm like Balmology.  Don't get out the Vaseline for reasons which I explain in another blog post. If you have to go to work and feel a plonker with a shiny nose I find applying a generous layer of balm overnight will often see me through to the next day and repairs damage from day before. Often breathing through your mouth dries out lips so have a natural lip salve to hand. My current favourites arCrazy Rumors Amaretto and *Badger Balm Madagascar Vanilla. I do not purchase Balsam Tissues because I tried them once and ended up with my face covered in eczema. I very rarely have eczema on my face and I certainly didn't have any prior to using the tissues.

If I have a sore throat I've abandoned the Strepsils in favour of Ricola. These are Swiss Herb Drops that come in a variety of flavours.  They are suitable for vegetarians and do not contain artificial colours or flavours. You can find them in Supermarkets (in the same place as Strepsils) or at Holland & Barrett. Alternatively, a spoonful of honey will help coat a the throat and may ease symptoms.



Usually at the first sign of illness I start taking Echinacea.  It might not cure you but I am convinced it lessens the severity of my cold.  Studies into Echinacea have not drawn any firm conclusions about its effectiveness so  I guess it's a personal choice to take it. Echinacea is easy to find at Boots, Supermarkets and Holland & Barrett.

Stuffy noses can often be eased with Eucalyptus oil. You can add a few drops to a bowl of warm water, cover head with a towel over the bowl and take deep breaths or add drops to a tissue.  Most shops have Aromatherapy sections where you will find essential oils.  I also recommend Olbas Oil it's a family favourite and my Mum always used this on us when we were little.  I have also found aromatherapy benefits with my Mint Thé Refreshing Bath & Shower Therapy.  The peppermint helps open up a blocked nose whilst showering.

I see no reason to subject yourself to the vial taste of Lemsip.  Aside from the paracetamol I do not feel they offer any more benefit than having a hot drink. The key to any illness is taking in plenty of fluids.  It helps soothe a dry throat, replenish body fluids and flush out germs.  Taking paracetamol and having warm drinks in my opinion does the same job.

Remember to be a polite sick person.  Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough.  Wash your hands regularly and throw away your snotty tissues into a bin. Please feel free to share any natural remedy tips of your own in the comment section below. I hope you feel better soon :)






Diclaimer - this post is not intended to replace medical advice, read medication labels carefully for guidance on correct doseage & allergy advice, *GWP from O.N.G

14 comments:

  1. Great tips, seems like twitter was flooded with cold sufferers last week (including myself). I used to take Ricolas, will have to pick some up again, Strepsils are kind of nasty! x

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    1. I hope you feel better soon. I blame the sudden drop in temperature. I always dislike how strepsils make your mouth numb and then you can't taste your dinner

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  2. Great post. I hate lemsip and will never take it. x

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    1. Thank honey, paracetamol & a warm drink will do the same :)

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  3. I love the crazy rumours lip balms! not tried the badger balm ones but I like some of their other products - have you tried their 'aromatic chest rub' - its like a nice version of the vicks vaporub I remember having a lot when I was a kid! Good for coughs and colds!

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    1. I haven't tried the chest rub, I shall have to look into that one, thanks for the recommendation :)

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  4. Some wonderful tips! With such good info, you sure know how to ward off the nasty germs :) Feel better! x
    I love things such as Vicks Vaporub/inhaler and I find myself constantly sniffing it even though I am not sick! It is an addiction :) I know you won't recommend or use it as it has petroleum base ;)
    Nothing more annoying than random coughers and sneezers on the street! I always tell them off!

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    1. My cold didn't hang around I was lucky only felt bad for a few days, but I had noticed symptoms building over 2 weeks. I dislike the smell of Vicks always have done, I think that's why my parents always gave me Olbas instead. I can not stand people snorting, I want to shout "get a tissue for goodness sake" :)

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  5. This is definitely the most well timed post I've read this week - I'm coming down with a cold and have been reaching for Bodhi's Mint The too! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. take it easy and I hope you feel better soon, the Bodhi will do the trick, it's gorgeous I adore the fragrance :)

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  6. I definitely need to get stocked up on 'green' cold remedies for the season :) Badger has a nice Aromatic Chest rub, but I'm used to Vick's (grew up with it... so many memories.) I also like drinking organic mint tea and eating lots of organic chicken noodle soup (homemade when possible.) I also can't part with my Puff's Plus lotion tissues, they're so soft... not very green though! I must check out this Bodhi brand!

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    1. Sounds like you have some good remedies of your own. Soup is always perfect for when you are feeling unwell :)

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  7. Great tips and products, can't believe how quickly the cold weather is coming round! Definitely want to try some of these :) xx

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    1. Totally agree, it certainly has started feeling colder in recent weeks.

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