Self-Care,  Wellness

8 Must-haves to make life suck less when you’re sick.

For the past almost week and a half, I’ve been sick. Not just “oh, excuse me I have a tickle in my throat” sick, this is stare-at-the-wall and find no enjoyment in life sick. It sucks.

Because of this joyful (not) interruption in my life, my plans have gone straight on out the window! And because of how cold it is outside, they may not have even hit the ground yet. You know, cause everyone is making weird ice sculptures outside by throwing water in the air. Bad Polar Vortex joke.

Did I mention I’m also cranky? Sick and Polar Vortex weather? Thank you, next.

I thought since I’ve been stuck thinking about how to fix myself 24/7 for what seems like forever, that I could at least share what I’ve learned.

I know, I know. I’m like a sulky Mother Teresa.

Anyways.. here are my 8 must-haves to make your life a little less miserable when you’re feeling like crap:

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Oldie but a goodie, nothing beats a bowl of chicken noodle soup. The broth seems to be the real magic — the steam helps clear your sinuses and it’s something a little more substantial that eating saltine crackers.

Oh, and it has to be Lipton brand – I mean, you’re sick. Give yourself a glimmer of joy and get the name brand!

I like to crack an egg into the soup while it’s simmering for an added boost of protein and to make it less boring. I also strain out enough broth so the whole pot of soup fits in one bowl — I like lots of noodles, what can I say?

2. Cold & Sinus Plus

Advil Cold & Sinus is my go-to, ever since my Mom introduced me to it a few years ago when she was trying to cover up my sickness on the way to my Grandparents’ house. If there is one rule in Grandma’s house that is upheld no matter what, it’s that you do not enter if you are sick. End of story.

Because good ol’ faithful wasn’t working as quick as usual, I asked the pharmacist for recommendations — in case you didn’t know, you can do that, and they’re pretty darn helpful! She recommended Cold & Sinus too, but said the “plus” version was where it’s at. Ok, paraphrasing, but still.

Each pill contains Ibuprofen, Pseudophedrine Hydrochloride, and Chlorpheniramine Maleate. In English, that means it takes care of sinus and body aches, nasal congestion, fever, and everything else that sucks about colds and flus.

And yes, store brand works just as well, so buy whatever’s cheap!

3. Sinus Rinsing

Best known from the “NetiPot”, which I’m sure everyone and their dog has heard of, sinus rinsing is endlessly helpful. I’ve never actually used the famous blue teapot device from NeilMed, but I have the squeeze bottle version that does the trick just fine.

Make sure you’re using either distilled water or boiled water that you’ve let cool — this is to protect against any microbes that could be present in the water. Pour the water in the squeeze bottle and add the sinus rinse packet, which contains a mixture of Sodium Chloride and Sodium Bicarbonate.

Now comes the fun part. Make sure you’re locked away in your bathroom away from anyone who can point and laugh at you, because they will, and lean in front of your sink. Press the bottle into your nose and squeeze. The water will go up through your sinuses and come out the other side.

For real, do it. It’s not as gross as you think it’ll be and it works like a charm!

4. Echinacea Throat Spray

This is basically my secret weapon. I am in love with the spray from Saje Natural Wellness and totally swear by it. As soon as I get that “feeling” in my throat, I buy a bottle of this stuff and follow the directions to the letter: 7 sprays every 2 hours, 6 times per day.

I find this also helps with that tickly, scratchy feeling you get in the back of your throat, and really does help shorten the length of whatever you’ve got going on in there. At least for me, lozenges and cough syrups really do a whole lot of nothing, and this stuff works great.

I’m not sure how other brands compare, since I’m definitely a stick-with-what-works type person, but there are many echinacea-based sprays available.

5. Core AO Super Antioxidant Stik

Neocitran and similar hot, medicated drinks used to be my go-to, but now I drink a hot cup of Core AO instead. It’s medication-free and packed with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and botanicals to boost immunity and get you on the mend.

Core AO packs a punch with Mangosteen, Elderberry, Acai, Bilberry-fruit, Astragalus Root, Cranberry and Grape-seed, in
addition to the usual sickness-fighters Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc.

Plus, it tastes kind of like “Ribena”, which is basically like a hug from Grandma in a mug. You’re welcome!

6. Essential Oils

I don’t care if you think it’s mumbo jumbo, essentials oils work. And I mean really, when you’re laying in your bed dying like Cameron in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, you’ll try just about anything. So if you fall in that camp, let’s categorize this as the “anything” solution for you, cool?

Saje Natural Wellness “Immune” essential oil roll-on is a “germ and virus fighting remedy” with tea tree, eucalyptus, pine, geranium, rosemary, peppermint, cinnamon, and grapeseed oils.

I love to roll it on my throat and chest, but another great use is take a “Saje breath” by rolling “Immune” on your hands and cupping them around your nose and breathing in deeply. Boy, does that clear you out!

7. “Super” Herbal Tea

Why have “regular” herbal teas when you could be drinking “super” ones instead? Ok, I have to admit I didn’t know that this was a thing until this whole escapade, but I’m into it.

Tetley “Immune” “Super Herbal Tea” is probably something that you need to take on a regular basis to see the effects, but it tastes good, makes my throat feel good, and has lemon, echinacea, zinc, ginger root and honey, among other things. Good enough for me!

8. Soothing Balm

Saje Natural Wellness “Chest Cold Soothing Balm” is a more natural alternative to something like a menthol rub — it’s a little less intense, smells way better and helps you breathe.

This one has essential oils of rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, frankincense, black pepper, and claims to “help support respiratory function and immune function, and relieve symptoms associated with colds.”

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m little bit of a fangirl for Saje Natural Wellness products. Nope, this is not sponsored — I’m just low-key obsessed.

Have you tried any of these? What’s you favourite go-to when you’re sick?

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