Although fall is unquestionably my favorite season of the year, I don’t love the inevitable illness that comes with the dropping temps. While a good NyQuil-induced sleep can work wonders (separate but equal in my heart to a wine-induced sleep), sometimes you gotta bring out the big guns to keep from feeling absolutely miserable.
If you’re feeling under the weather, consider these tried-and-true remedies for rebounding and getting back to living your best fall life! As always, consult with a doctor if suffering from severe illness.
The Classic Option: Salt
As soon as I start to feel a throat tickle coming on, I immediately reach for salt. Gargling with warm salt water can do wonders to stave off a sore throat. Mix half a teaspoon of table with warm (not too hot!) water and gargle the mixture twice a day. There’s a reason our parents and grandparents swear by this classic remedy.
The Bittersweet Option: Lemon & Honey
Make a soothing drink with a few slices of lemon and a touch of honey if you feel like you’re getting a cold. The antibacterial properties of lemon will help your body rebound and the honey will soothe a sore throat. If you’re feeling stuffy, add a dash or two of cayenne pepper. It works wonders and helps clear the sinuses.
The Underrated Option: Steam
One of the hallmark side effects of dealing with the cold or flu is the drying of mucus membranes, primarily in your nose. Inevitably, your nose turns red and raw from wiping, your throat feels like the Sahara, and your skin feels tight and dry. Yuck.
Find relief from a cold by adding a bit of moisture to your home. If your apartment is on the smaller side, try running a hot shower or boiling a huge pot of water. For a more concentrated punch, consider a face steam. Simply boil a pot of water, remove it from the heat, lean over, and breathe in the warm vapors. Add a few drops of an eucalyptus essential oil or fresh herbs for an extra dose of invigoration. Sayonara, sniffles!
The Yummy Option: Bone Broth Soup
There are a ton of herbs and vegetables that have beneficial properties and can help provide relief from a cold. For instance, garlic aids in recovery, oregano is rich in antioxidants, thyme is a good source of vitamin C, and bone broth is a great source of proteins and minerals, which are essential for recovery. Combine all noted ingredients and you’ve got yourself a warm and yummy soup.
The Boozy Option: Hot Toddy
Turn to a soothing hot toddy to help relieve any stuffiness. Whiskey has ben proven to help ease congestion, so a little bit can go a long way when you’re feeling sick. However, since alcohol is a diuretic, it’s really important to stay hydrated and limit it to one hot toddy followed by plenty of clear fluids.
- 8 oz hot water
- Herbal tea bag
- 1 oz whiskey
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 lemon wedge
- 3 cloves