When somebody in the family is sick, this is unplanned expense that eats away at your monthly budget. However, there are many home-made remedies that can help alleviate certain seasonal ailments while keeping you on budget.
One of the most common ailments during the cold season is the cough. Here are some remedies that you can make at home to treat the common cough.
The advise to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily is even more important when you are sick. Keeping yourself hydrated means that you keep your throat moist and prevents you suffering from a dry coughing fit.
You can drink other liquids aside from just plain water. Herbal teas and warm soups are great alternatives.
For example, you can start your morning by blending a cup of warm water with the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir and sip with a straw before your breakfast to help loosen up your clogged nose and lessen inflammation.
To help your nose decongest, slowly breath in the steam from your hot drink. This helps you ease your stuffy nose and even clear up a headache. You can also do this with a cup of plain hot water.
Or you can destress as you inhale some steam by mixing some of your favorite aromatherapy oils to a cup of hot water. Try putting in a few drops of lavender for a calming effect. Use peppermint or eucalyptus oil for a cooling effect that also helps to decongest your clogged nose.
Spice Up Your Food
Spices have many benefits when used individually or in combination. Aside from adding them to food, you can add spices to your drinks to maximize their benefits.
For example, if you are a fan of hot coffee or hot chocolate in the morning, then try adding in some cinnamon powder, turmeric powder and cayenne pepper powder to your brew. Add coconut sugar, muscovado sugar or honey to balance the taste. All these spices help to warm your body, prevent inflammation and help you detoxify.
You can also add these spices to your soups along with other beneficial spices such as garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary and ginger.
Make Your Own Cough Syrup
Hate the taste of cough syrup? Cough syrups are quite expensive and, as most kids will tell you, they taste awful. Save some cash and create your own cough syrup at home. With natural sweeteners like honey, it will taste better, will be as effective, if not, more effective and costs a lot cheaper than the one that comes in a bottle.
Try out this Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup with Coconut Oil or this Oregano-Calamansi-Honey Cough Syrup. Most of these ingredients are already available in your own kitchen or readily available in your local market or grocery stores. If you find that lemons are a bit on the expensive side, you can always use our very own calamansi instead.
Use a Neti Pot
Nasal decongestants are quite expensive. Try using a neti pot. If you haven’t heard of this before, it is highly recommended for decongesting your nasal passages and alleviating the effects of seasonal allergens such as pollens, which causes rhinitis.
The neti pot is a pot, plastic or ceramic, shaped like Aladdin’s lamp or rounder. There are many options available, including some that look like an elephant’s trunk. The best one must have a snout that’s small enough to comfortably fit inside your nostril.
To use a neti pot, pour in lukewarm water into the pot, add in a pinch of salt and stir to mix. Make sure the salt crystals are completely dissolved. You are basically making saline water.
Next, position yourself over the sink. Put your face forward and tilt your head to the side. Place the spout of the neti pot on your upturned nostril and slowly pour in the water which will pour out from your other nostril.
You can also check out this illustrated, step-by-step guide on how to use your neti pot.
The first time you do this, you might feel like you’re drowning. Don’t panic. Just pour the water slowly until the pot is empty and repeat the same procedure on your other nostril.
The saline water mixture and the pouring action is what is called nasal irrigation. This helps to clean your nasal passages of allergens that may be stuck on your nasal walls and won’t be easy to clean out with tissue or cotton buds.
Be sure to use lukewarm water because cold water might give you a headache instead of relief from your nasal congestion.
Remember that prevention is still better than cure. So be sure to get enough sleep, put in some exercise, have time to bask in the sunshine every morning and maintain healthy, eating habits to ensure that you do not get sick. With these habits, if you do get sick, you will be able to heal yourself much faster which means less expenses for your medicine and less sick days from work.