HAPPY SATURDAY FRIENDS!
I’m currently writing this from the truck, using a hotspot in the middle of absolutely nowhere. We woke up at the crack of dawn (jk, five a.m.) this morning to hit the road!
We’re spending the weekend in the western part of PA as Billy’s racing dirt bikes this weekend out here. You should see him, he’s like a little kid in a Christmas store right now. Racing dirt bikes is in his blood + it’s amazing that he has this outlet to decompress from work // his business.
Anyways, for those of you who saw my post yesterday or have been following along on Instagram… You’ll know that I’m so sick right now. I’ve been congested // coughing // had a low grade fever throughout the week. Thankfully, I woke up today feeling a lot better than I have in the previous days.
So, I wanted to share some of your guys’ helpful tips on how to beat a seasonal cold // allergies // sinus issues with natural remedies! It’s that time of year where the air pressure is changing and all of our sinuses are going haywire.
You guys said time + time again that essential oils are your first line of defense when you’re starting to feel under the weather. I heard that peppermint, eucalyptus + tea tree oil are all great at opening up your sinuses through diffusing.
So, that’s exactly what I did! I did a medley of all three – I love mixing essential oils because not only do they make a perfect aroma blend, but they also combine to make the best potion for sinus relief.
I know, I know… You’re all gonna come for me + tell me that I need to be monitoring where I purchase my essential oils from because they’re not FDA regulated. I hear you, trust me (hahaha) – I’ve heard from you all that Young Living is the best brand – they’re the only “seed” to “bottle” company + you can go visit the farm where everything is grown. Currently, I use a brand that I bought on Amazon, but next time that I go to repurchase I’ll absolutely check Young Living out!
Epsom Salt Detox Bath
So, here’s the low down… Epsom salt is an age old trick. You probably have heard of your grandmother taking Epsom Salt baths.
What exactly do they do you might ask? They help to draw out toxins in the body. Some people claim that regular Epsom Salt baths not only help to remove toxins, but they balance the body internally.
Some additional benefits include: softer skin, muscle relaxation, anti-stress. Also relieve: ingrown toenails (ew, lol) + splinters.
Apple Cider Vinegar Shot
CRINGE. Okay, I know that this sounds so gross, but you’ve got to kill the bacteria that’s hanging around in your body!
Apple Cider Vinegar helps to alkalinize the body, making it so that the bacteria has no environment to live in!
Grab a lemon, pour yourself a shot of ACV + go at it.
This is one of my favorite sickness hacks. It’s just the best for clearing up your airways… it’s also like one of the only foods that I’m ever able to taste while congested.
Pho, are you into it?!
I’ve been obsessed with Pho since high school. This Vietnamese bone broth + noodle dish is seriously the sickness cure sent from above.
For those of you who may not know, there are so many health benefits to bone broth. It alleviates joint pain, boosts the immune system,
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
I’ve been living off of hot chamomile tea with lemon. I heat up some water using my Keurig, squeeze an organic Meyer lemon in + place one bag of chamomile tea in it.
Not only does it taste amazing, but it helps to clear congestion as well! Lemon is a proven source of Vitamin C which can help you kick your sickness to the curb.
Side note: It also improves the smell of your breath. May be TMI, but we all know that when we’re sick, there’s constantly mucus running through our noses // throats which make our breath smell. And, like, you know… We can’t really smell so we don’t know when our breath is stinky, LOL!
Rest, Rest, Rest
Listen to your body – if it’s telling you to slow down + rest, do so. As adults, it’s hard for us to take a day off or relax when we have a to-do list the size of a Target receipt.
But, the only way for our bodies to heal is to rest. Your body repairs itself while you’re asleep – the more rest we get, the faster we’ll heal.
SO, put down the phone. Throw on a good movie + let yourself fall asleep! Don’t feel guilty or “lazy” (I definitely have been kicking myself these past couple of days because I’m not being as productive as I’d like to be).
I hope that this post helped!
This time of year is when colds and sickness creep in – remember to regularly wash your hands, clean your sheets + listen to your body!