Well now, here in Feisty Pantslandia (The Democractic Republic of Feist? First Imperial Feistopia? Pantsgri-la? anywhoo, I'll stop now...) we have been battling colds since school started, or time began, I don't remember which now. It seems like we just get over one bout of sneezing and aching and complaining and right away, here comes one of the first ones to have had it all snotty and wheezing and achy, again. Sigh. I blame all you touchy feely, happy, affectionate wierdos out there. Honestly, I am going install a high tech airlock that sprays everyone with purell and lavender oil on my front door any day now. May not work but everyone will least at smell great. You're welcome.
But until I win the lottery or figure out to diy my own biosphere, I guess we will have to continue battling the season of colds and flu. (The flu, especially, is said to be bad here in NYS this season.) So I thought I would write down a few self care tips to help anyone else stuck in this snotty handkerchief of a January. Anything to make us all a little more comfortable right now.
1) Ginger, ginger, ginger.- Seriously. Ginger tea with lemon and honey is really good for throat and sinuses. It soothes and coats the throat and is also great for troubled tummies. (The reason why everyone drinks ginger ale when they're sick is for the ginger.) Candied ginger especially is proof that the Universe loves us as far as I am concerned. It's warming, soothing, helps with coughs. There is even some evidence that ginger will boost your immune system.
2) Homemade vapor rub- Vicks or Dr Unker's are fine but this is all natural and you can adjust the scent to your liking.
You will need:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 to 2 TBS grated beeswax
5-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
5-10 drops tea tree oil
10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Melt the olive oil and beeswax in a glass jar (I stick things like this in a small glass jar and put the jar in hot water) Stir in essential oils.
extra tip- My mother and aunts swore by slathering this on your feet last thing at night, putting on thick socks and going to bed at the first sign of a cold. Can't say it works for sure, but it's an old wives tale sworn to by a bunch of old wives.
3)Try putting a few drops of peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil in the tub. You could even throw in a half cup or so of epsom salts to make it even more soothing. (The magnesium is great for the muscles) Soak, relax, let the steam open your kid's sinuses (or yours).
4) Don't forget the chicken soup! Or bone broth. Or veggie broth for the veg heads like Hippie Pants. Hot broth with a touch of protein and fat works wonders in healing and soothing.
So there ya go. Just rest and take it easy. I'm sure we will all better in no time. If you need me of Feisty Pants, just text us. I'm not touching any of you germy buggers until I'm sure you don't have the plague.