It’s fall which means cold and flu season is right around the corner. It’s best to arm yourself now so you can combat the sniffles, the wheezing, mucus, and all the other gross stuff that happens when we get sick.
Here Are 11 Hacks That Will Have You Feeling Better In No Time When You’re Sick:
(Always make sure to check with your doctor before trying any of these hacks.)
1) Grape Juice For Stomach Bugs
Stomach bugs can sometimes end up with having it coming out at both ends. It’s not a fun time. You can prevent and treat a stomach bug with grape juice and activated charcoal. Learn more about this here.
2) Keep Those Tissues In One Place
Is your nose running like crazy? That means you’re probably surrounded by a pile of tissues. Prevent this by wrapping rubber bands around a full and empty tissue box so you have a place to toss your snot rags.
3) On Medication? Keep Track
When you’re in a sick stupor it can be hard to keep track of your medication dosage. Keep track of your dosage on your bottle. Just use a Sharpie to write on the bottle.
4) Move Your Sinuses
Sinus infections can be pretty painful. A sinus massage can bring relief without medication. Learn how to perform a self sinus massage here.
5) Chocolate Dry Cough Cure
A cup of hot chocolate can help a dry cough. Theobromine, a derivative in cocoa, is believed to suppress coughs better than codeine because it suppresses the vagus nerve activity which stimulates coughing. Learn more about this here.
6) DIY Saline Spray
If your sinuses are stuffy, you may have to clean them. If you’re all out and you need some ASAP, you can make your own. Learn how to make it here.
7) DIY Humidifier
Need a humidifier but don’t have one? Well, you’re in luck if you have a slow cooker. Fill it three-quarters of the way with water and heat on high. Take the lid off and let the hot air escape.
8) Vicks Shower Melts
Nothing helps to get rid of congestion like Vicks Vapor Rub. Hot shower steam is also great for this. Double up by making Vicks shower melts, find the recipe here.
9) Jello For a Sore Throat
Need instant relief from a sore throat? Karess Carter of Star 102.5 says that drinking Jello works to coat your throat. Just make it as normal and drink it while it’s hot instead of letting it harden.
10) Sore Throat Popsicles
Can’t get your kid to take medicine or a cough drop? Try making sore throat popsicles. Get the recipe here.
11) Soothe Pain With Heat
Is your body achy from the flu? Make a nice hot pack with a sock and uncooked rice with these directions. Place it in the microwave for 15-30 minutes and place it on your achy area.
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