I hate colds, they make you feel lethargic and depressed and make you want to stay in bed for 12 hours at a time even though you spend more time tossing and turning and getting up to blow your nose than you do actually sleeping.
I’ve got a cold at the moment, I blame Dan at work, told him I’d get it on Friday but he stood over me, and now here I am, ill and moaning more than I should! Fortunately on Saturday as I was getting ill I was busy re-working our living room entertainment centre so now I can very comfortably lay on the sofa and still clearly use the PC without having to struggle as much as I used to. The re-working of the living room took about 8 hours in total, the last 4 hours of which involved excessive sneezing and burning up, I ended up finishing the job in nothing but a pair of boxers I was that hot, not due to the manual labour, that was effortless, the heat was due to the sneezing, I was burning up more and more as the day went on. The reward of being able to collapse on the sofa and watch Carry on Cabby was worth it though.
So now, stuck at home, watching Catchprase, sneezing constantly, I though I’d rant a bit on a blog about home remedies for the common cold and what I’m going to try and do to get rid of the symptoms sooner!
- Chicken Soup
The classic “solution” to a cold, basic chicken soup, supposedly containing chemicals that act as an anti-inflammatory.
You know those adverts for Actimel and the whole “good bacteria” concept? Well it works with yoghurt too, apparently the bacteria in yogurt can help when you’re not your best.
- Hot and Sour Soup
Or any soup with Tabasco and chili’s. Reported benefits include antimicrobial, anticoagulant, or anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to increase circulation or to relieve cold symptoms by clearing the sinus.
- Lemon Tea and Honey
Lemon improves the immune system (supposedly) and honey contains antioxidants.
- Dinner with Garlic and Ginger
Stir fry tonight with lots of fresh garlic and ginger! Garlic is a natural anti-biotic and ginger helps with respiratory infections.
- Drugs, drugs and more drugs!
While I’m all for natural home remedies, I’m also stock-piling my body with Lemsip, decongestants and various other tablets that can be taken together.