Well, it looks like it’s finally here. Wet, grey and miserable. Yes, it’s our old friend Autumn/Winter! I’m just back from a wedding in England where the sun shone for 6 days. I even brought myself back a little tan. But it was back to reality this morning when the wind and rain on my window woke me from my sleep.
Here at The Perfect Wife, as Mrs M said last week, we actually quite like the change in season and always secretly look forward to getting out our chunky knits and winter boots, wrapping up warm for a walk in the park and home to a delicious stew on the stove. The only downside of winter is the dreaded cold. Not a winter goes past when I don’t catch some bug, regardless of how much Vitamin C I stock up on, so you can imagine my delight when I recently came across some great tips for fighting that cold at soon as it hits.
1. Coughing? To ease a dry cough, make a syrupy gargle with honey, sage and cayenne pepper: add fresh sage leaves and a pinch of cayenne to a mug of boiled water and leave for 10 minutes; add 2 tbsp of honey and leave to cool before gargling.
2. Get spicy! Ginger stimulates your circulation, helping white blood cells whizz faster around the body to tackle any infection. Ginger’s spicy oils have anti-inflammatory properties too, which reduce that bunged up feeling. Grate some fresh ginger into hot water with honey and lemon for a warming drink.
3. Sniffles? Chicken soup has been used a cold remedy for centuries. It’s both comforting and nourishing when you don’t feel like eating, and its anti-inflammatory properties will help see off sniffles.
4. Boost your Vitamin C. While Vitamin C can’t fight a cold, it can help fend off complications such as pneumonia. Good sources include chillies, bell peppers and green veg such as broccoli and spinach as well as fruits such as kiwi and oranges.
5. Get steamy! Steam will help clear a bunged up nose, while the warmth is comforting for your whole body and will help you feel better generally.
6. Zinc it! Zinc may help shorten the duration of your cold and can be taken as a syrup, tablet or lozenges. Talk to your pharmacist for advice on the best form to help treat your particular symptoms.
7. Grab some garlic. Garlic contains a substance called allicin, which has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Peel, chop and leave for 15 minutes before cooking to activate the immune boosting effects.
8. Raise a glass. A hot toddy before bed to ease congestion and aid sleep. Add a small measure of whisky or brandy to a cup of herbal tea; a teaspoon of honey will add sweetness and soothe your throat.
9. Prop up. Raising your head while resting will help mucus drain from your nose and relieve congestion. Simple, eh?
10. Keep it clean. Cold viruses can survive for hours on surfaces that we can’t avoid touching, such as door handles, so wash your handles regularly with warm soapy water.
I love all of these quick and easy ideas (especially No. 8). How fab and easy are they all and they don’t mean you need to spend a fortune on medicines and tablets!
So, TPW readers, here’s hoping we can all keep those nasty colds at bay with these simple tips and concentrate on looking super chic this winter… our pick of the best winter knits are coming later in the week!
Anyone know any other great ideas for keeping healthy in the winter months? Please feel free to drop us a comment and let us know….
Lots of love
Sourced from Good Ideas Magazine