Taking care of yourself is so important. Many times, I find myself so busy that I don’t make time to just rest. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, but it’s also the time I tend to always get sick. Last year when we moved to Vegas, I got so extremely sick and it lasted for over a month. I really can’t remember a time that I was that sick. Once again this year, I also got hit with a cold right around mid-October, so I thought I’d share some of my go-to holistic remedies for fall.
My coworker recommended this herbal tea to me when I was started to feel a little sick. This tea boosts your immune system and contains vitamin A, B and E.
Local raw honey
When I’m sick I make sure I head over to whole foods and grab a jar of raw local honey. I make a ton of lemon and honey tea and it helps soothe my sore throat and contains antioxidants.
So I’ve always heard of the neti pot, but was hesitant to get it and use it because of the obvious fact that you have to stick something in your nose and have water run through it. It sounds very uncomfortable, but I have to say that it’s made a huge difference for me. It helps clear mucus and clears your sinuses so well. I add a little bit of Himalayan sea salt in warm water and it does the trick.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add in a tablespoon or two of ACV into a glass of water in the morning and it will help kill of bacteria all day long. Trader Joe’s has a great deal on Organic ACV, so if you live by one, that’s the place to get it!
Lots of rest
I am the first to admit that I tend to lean towards the ‘always doing something’ type of personality. However, I’m truly trying to learn to relax and rest more. It’s especially important to rest when you’re sick because your body needs rest to heal. So if you’re sickie, cancel your plans and get back in bed.
Last year when I got really sick, I felt better about two weeks in, and decided to go to the gym and workout. Sometimes you hear people say that they need to sweat out their sickness. Although it may work for some people, it does NOT work for me. After working out I felt terrible. And ended up getting more sick. Do your body a favor and just rest and limit intense workouts when you’re not feeling well. Light walks are great if you feel like you need to move your body. Some light stretching is also nice to get your flood flowing without making yourself more sick.
Eat extra healthy – no refined sugar
I remember when I got my tonsils out in 8th grade and got to stay home for two weeks eating ice cream. Although not feeling well may be an excuse to eat junk food, here’s why you should think twice before you grab a cookie to make yourself ‘feel better’ when you’re not feeling well. When you’re sick, your immune system is already weaker than normal so it needs all the help it can get to get stronger. The best thing you can do is eat extra healthy, avoiding sugar and processed food. This will allow your body to focus on fighting off that cold and getting healthy again.
Ever hear of probiotics? Good bacteria boost your immune system and improve digestion, which is exactly what you need when you’re feeling under the weather. Sauerkraut contains probiotics along with vitamin C, iron and potassium. Next time you’re at the store, stock up!
My night time ritual includes taking a candlelit bath almost every night. Spice up your normal bath time with a detox bath by adding in some Epsom salt, baking soda, ginger and essential oils. My favorite is lavender because it helps me relax and sleep well.
Feeling sickie? Grab a bowl of sauerkraut & get back in bed!