There was a time, BC (before children), that I did not believe in the Germ Theory of Disease. I believed that sickness happened when your body was unable to fight well, not when the germs were present. Then, I had babies. They are cesspools of cooties. (I say most of this in jest, I really still think as I did BC - our bodies are just tired and therefore, truly, unable to fight well.)
We have all had a cold. Well, all but Kate - she fights well.
Colds are really nothing more than a nuisance, right?? They don't hurt that bad, they usually don't last that long, but while you are in the thick of it - it is just no fun.
We try to just let sicknesses run their course. We don't pop many pills here in the Prince House. I have, however, tested and tried a few helpful things to speed the inconvenience along...
**The Neti Pot
I cannot tout it's praises loudly enough. It's gross and weird and not talked about in polite conversation, but if you don't Neti, treat yourself.
Oscillococcinum by Boiron is the one of the only things in my medicine cabinet. Works well and quickly and doesn't make you feel stoned.
**The Sweat Bath
My recipe is 1 cup Epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda, 10-20 drops essential oil (lavender is my favorite, but eucalyptus is super helpful for congestion. We like Young Living oils) in a full, hot as you can stand it, bath. The key is to sit there long enough to sweat and then to just keep sitting there and keep sweating. I usually add hot water to the bath a few times and stay in about 30-45 minutes. I take a glass of ice water with me and usually then yell for Dan to bring me more - parched. It's gotta be good for you.
I'm a water fan. If it's cold out I try to have less coffee and down some hot tea. Regardless, hydrate up.
I hate this one. For years I argued that this was a myth. It's not. You will feel better and your immune system will work better if you avoid refined, processed, sugary things. Boo.