Tuesday, 11 February 2014

How To: Cure A Cold

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I've been struck down with the dreaded lurgy that seems to be going around! My boyfriend is coming to visit this weekend so I'm determined not to be ill as I haven't seen him in nearly a month (the joys of long distance) and preferably don't want to look like a red-nosed mess on his arrival. Cue my cold remedies post! These are my go-to essentials for dealing with symptoms of the sniffles without over-the-counter pills:

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - this is literally a godsend for sore, chapped noses. This legendary balm really does work wonders and the smell reminds me of my acupuncturist's office, it's so soothing! It has a really thick, gooey consistency so I make sure I slap this on when I'm in for the evening, so as not to attract any weird stares. Eight Hour Cream retails for around £25 but lasts forever as a little goes a long, long way.

Carmex Lip Balm - so I'm sure most of you have heard of Carmex, but it definitely deserves a mention! It's hands down the best lip balm I've ever used, especially for treating dryness. If you don't have any Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on hand, you can also use this on a sore nose (beware it does sting a bit on raw skin but it works).

Vitamins - I try to remember to take them every day, but I'm guilty of forgetting half the time! When I get any signs of illness though, I make sure I get back on track straight away! Vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, and garlic tablets (make sure you buy the odourless ones) will help kill a cold.

Magic Cold Curing Drink - THIS is the pièce de résistance of my cold-curing repertoire and was given to me by a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor. Although it's not the most delicious drink, it works without fail. Grab a few spring onions (white parts only) and a chunk of ginger (about 1 inch squared), chop both finely and throw in a mug. Fill up with boiling water and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain away the spring onion and ginger pieces and sweeten the remaining concoction with a teaspoon of manuka honey. Drink it while it's hot and right before you head to bed for the evening, repeat each night until the cold clears.
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