Urban Green Life: Home Remedies for the Common Cold

urban green life common coldBy Chloe Williams

Autumn and Winter are without doubt my two favorite seasons. When the leaves change and the air gets cold, I feel at home. I get to bust out the blankets, the ugly sweaters, and unfortunately, the tissues. It’s not that time of year until I get sick, and it always seems to hit me early. Especially this year. Two days after the first day of autumn, I came down with a cold. The dreaded cold. The sniffling, the chills, the hacking cough. I got it all. After doing a whole lot of pinning on Pinterest and browsing WebMD, I came up with a small list of ways to kick that cold at home.

1. Eat Marshmallows
I had a field day with this one. Marshmallows were originally made to help relieve a sore throat. Eat a few–or in my case, a few dozen–and let them do their magic. This is perfect kids.

2. Make ginger-rosemary tea
This is really simple to make at home, from scratch. All you need is an inch and half of ginger, a sprig of fresh rosemary, and a couple of limes. Grate half your ginger into a teapot or pitcher, and slice the rest. Then, add your rosemary and juice one lime. Pour in four cups of boiling water. Add wedges of lime into the mixture and let cool/steep for thirty minutes or so. Pour into a mug with a strainer and enjoy cooled down or heated in the microwave.

3.Gargle mouthwash and peroxide
Say goodbye to salt water and hello to Listerine. Mix one part Listerine with one part hydrogen peroxide and gargle away. It seriously does the trick.

4. Drink plenty of fluids
It’s a pretty basic tip, but it works. Especially when it comes to my next tip.

5. Take a detox bath and sweat it out.
Draw a bath as hot as you can bear it. As it’s running, add two cups of lavender Epsom salt (I got some from Dollar Tree), one cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of sea salt, two inches of sliced ginger, three green tea bags, and ten drops of tea tree oil. Get in the bath slowly, and set a timer for forty minutes. The first twenty minutes are to get you to sweat out all the toxins and gunk in your body and the other half of the bath is for letting the minerals soak in.

6. Put vapor rub on the bottom of your feet and power nap
After your detox bath, wrap up in some warm pj’s and slap some vapor rub on the bottom of your feet. Pull on some thick socks and take a nice, long nap.

Hopefully I’ll be better within the next few days. Until then, share some home remedies you have.

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