If you’ve caught one of the many bugs your mini boo has brought home, fast-track your recovery with these at-home cold and flu remedies.
By Charlotte Cruz
We get it – ain’t nobody got time for sniffles, sneezes, or a sore throat when there’s a pint-sized tornado (or two, or three) who rely on you. The kids’ lunches won’t make themselves, right? Nor will the playdates organise themselves or the ‘little accidents’ clean themselves up.
That’s why we’re sharing our top 5 home remedies to fast-track your way through a cold, because you, mama, are simply too busy to be under the weather.
“I’VE GOT 99 PROBLEMS, BUT A COLD AIN’T ONE!”
1. A Dose of Natural Goodness
Say hello to your new BFF, vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant can shorten the duration of your cold symptoms and boost your immune system. Try starting your day with a warm lemon and honey drink – it’s soothing on the throat, and both lemons and honey are chock-full of immune-boosting properties. Plus, it’s a delicious way to wake up, so win-win!
2. Steam It Out, Sister
Think of steam as a mini at-home spa treatment. Heat a pot of water until it’s steaming (not boiling), then drape a towel over your head and the pot. Breathe deeply for about 10 minutes. This will help clear your nasal passages, relieving congestion. Add a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil for an extra kick – just remember to keep the kiddos away when handling hot water.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
You’ve heard it before, but hydration is key when you’re feeling crummy. We’re not talking flat whites or vino, babes, but good old H2O, herbal teas or clear broths. Hydration helps thin out mucus and reduces inflammation. Get creative with your drinks – infuse water with fruits and herbs, or sip on a warm cup of ginger tea. Sneak in hydration between your coffee runs, nappy changes, and carpools – your body will thank you!
4. Get Some Zzz’s
We know, we know. Sleep and motherhood seem like two words that shouldn’t be in the same sentence. But mama, your body heals and recharges when you sleep. Ask your partner to take the reins, call in a favour from your mum or BFF, or take turns with other parents for a few hours. Embrace the chaos, let the dishes wait, and catch some much-needed shut-eye.
5. Your Spice Rack is Your Secret Weapon
Garlic, ginger, turmeric – these aren’t just for adding oomph to your meals. Garlic has antiviral properties and can help boost your immune system. Ginger helps reduce inflammation and soothe a sore throat. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Add these spices to your meals or make a potent, healing drink with them. Just remember, moderation is key.
There you have it, gorgeous! Our top 5 home remedies to show that cold who’s boss. But remember, if symptoms persist, make sure you consult with a healthcare professional. After all, your well-being is crucial to running the bustling HQ that is your home.
So keep rocking the mum-life, because you’re doing an amazing job – even with a cold. And in the wise words of a fellow millennial mama, “I’ve got 99 problems, but a cold ain’t one!”
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