Next is a sinus rinse. I do nasal irrigation almost daily just because I have a lot of problems up in nose/sinus area, but I usually bump it up to a twice daily routine when I am really congested. I fill my neti pot with water from the kettle after it’s been boiled (this prevents any germ/parasite guys from causing more serious issues) and let the water cool in the bottle for about 15-20 min. Then just add the little salt packet and go to town. It’s actually really cool in a (totally) gross sort of way. And it feels awesome!
As you know I’m a huge tea drinker already, so that’s nothing new for when I’m sick. However when the sore throat gets really bad I like to mix up a big mug of honey tea (1 tbsp honey dissolved in 8-10 oz of hot water) which does a really good job of coating the throat and helping to ease any scratchy feelings.
The last thing I do is a warm compress on my face right before bed. I have an herbal one from Christmas last year specifically designed for headaches (I think “Santa” got it at Whole Foods). I pop it in the microwave for about 45 seconds and place it over my eyes so the warmth spreads into my sinuses and the smell reaches my nose, it’s a great way to fall asleep when you aren’t feeling good.
So that’s it (besides a giant box of tissues). Those few simple things are enough to make cold and flu season bearable for this nasally challenged girl 🙂 (the children’s book to read is definitely optional though).
What are your tricks for surviving the season of sniffles?