It’s February and despite the unseasonably mild weather, between the relentless rain and long dark days we are definitely feeling the effects of winter. The sound of sniffles resonating throughout the office at the moment are like a soundtrack to our working day. It would be easy to just curl up in bed and feel sorry for ourselves, but the reality is that with the business to run and kids to take care of, it just isn't practical and we bet the same can be said for many of you.
So, in support of our red noses, blocked sinuses and constant sneezes we have written our top tips for getting on when you are struggling with a cold!
Don’t Sniff: We know it’s hard but to avoid that ‘pressure’ sensation from a blocked nose you must blow your nose regularly. Breathing in an organic nasal decongestant like our Breathe Ease £7 can also help keep sinuses clear.
Get Comfy: Sleep is your best ally in the fight against the flu, but with blocked noses and feeling stuffy it can be really hard to get the rest you need. Grab an extra pillow and try and sleep a little higher up to encourage the drainage of the nasal passages. You can also use the Congest Ease at night in a vaporiser to keep the sinuses free and allow great sleep.
Keep Hydrated: Drink as much as you can – water, juice and tea are all fine. We find a cup of hot water with lemon, honey and a little ginger can work wonders but stay off the hot toddies. Alcohol will only dehydrate you further and make the problem worse.
Try Nature’s Support: Prevention is better than cure but even if the bugs have already bitten, extra vitamin C can be helpful. AndEchinacea has been used historically as a traditional herbal medicine to boost the immune system. Pick yours up here. Garlic is also a pretty amazing natural antibiotic, with antibacterial and anti fungal properties. If you are struggling with a killer sore throat try it minced into a glass of water and knock it back, although if odour free supplements are available.
There you have it – failing that we suggest slipping into a onesie, grabbing a cup of tea and making the husband do everything for the weekend! Atchoo!