Friday, October 30, 2009

Get Well Soon!

(stamp size 2.25" x 3.25")

The cooler weather has come in with a vengeance, at least around the PNW, and so many folks are suffering with colds and flu.

For all of you that are feeling a little under the weather, get well soon! Tuck yourself into your cozy blankets, have a hot cup of tea and take care of yourself. In case you have forgotten, here are some tips to help you feel better as soon as possible:
  1. Eat chicken soup. It contains an amino acid called cysteine, which thins mucus and breaks up congestion. Plus, the steam from the soup helps open up air passages.

  2. Gargle at the first sign of a scratchy throat with either mouthwash or 1 /2 tsp. of salt dissolved in 8 oz. warm water.

  3. Stay warm. Getting chilled compromises your immune system.

  4. Take aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever and inflammation.

  5. Drink hot beverages and take hot showers. Steam helps open up nasal passages and reduces congestion.

  6. Drink a lot of liquid, enough so that your urine turns clear. Yellow urine means your urine is fairly concentrated. Clear urine means your body is well-hydrated.
  7. Use cough syrup sparingly. Coughing is one of the ways the body gets rid of mucus.

  8. Suck on a throat lozenge for relief from a sore throat. Choose a menthol-, phenol- or benzocaine-based lozenge; these are the ones that will help to numb the throat. They also help open up nasal passages. Zinc lozenges may also be helpful.

  9. Put an extra pillow under your head when you sleep to help your nasal passages drain.

  10. Rest. If you have a bad cold, one of the best ways to treat it is to take a few days off and sleep.


Nitrocat said...

Very good advice! I would also add:
11. Stay away from everyone else until you're better!


Mama Cache said...

Sound advice! It looks like a sicker-than-usual season all around us this year.

Louisiana weather and its hot-cold-hot-cold patterns are tough on the body. That PNW cold-colder-coldest isn't friendly weather either. ;-\ Stay as warm as you can, my friend. Wish I could package some of these warmer days to send to you all.

Ari C'rona said...

Great carve, my friend! I'll remember your advice, too! :o)

Anonymous said...

here is a link to a medical abstract re: the effectiveness of elderberry in combating N1H1 in pregnant women. If it works for them, it should work for the rest of us!!

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