How I fight a cold

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The cold and flu season has officially started and I've recently had the chance to experience it myself. Luckily my cold lasted only a few days, as I did my best to look after myself.

The best tablets that have worked for me so far are Beechams Max Strength All in One Capsules. They help with coughs, a blocked nose, headaches, sore throats, aches and fevers. I get awful headaches and congestion from a blocked and stuffy nose, so I'm also sometimes using Sudafed Congestion & Headache Relief Max Strength capsules to fight any soreness and tiredness. For a blocked nose I use Pinosol Nasal Drops. Pinosol Nasal Drops contain pine oil, peppermint and eucalyptus and it doesn't hurt or make my nose bleed like other strong nasal sprays.

I don't like drinking medicine and would much rather take tablets and drink tea. When I am ill, I will only drink herbal teas. Kubja Ürditalu Vitamiinitee is a natural and organic Estonian loose tea (so my tea infuser is essential), which contains Ground Rosehip, Black Aronia berry, Flowering quince, Apple sections, Hawthorn berry and Barberry. One tablespoon of the mixture makes 6 to 8 cups of delicious sour drink which is rich in vitamins and can also be drinked cold. To give my drink an extra vitamin boost I add slices of lemon to my tea.

It is almost impossible to wear contact lenses when I'm ill, as my eyes get very tired and dry. Glasses and Blink Intensive Tears eye drops are essential. The best part is that these drops can also be used while wearing lenses. I prefer wearing glasses at home, so if I am at work or outside I will always carry these eye drops with me.

I've also discovered that The Body Shop Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel has helped me look so much better in the morning when I'm unwell. This gel is so cooling, refreshing and feels very soothing on eyes. Even after a bad night of  sleep, I've had no puffiness or dark circles under my eyes. MONU Firming Fiji Facial Oil is another amazing product I was using every night before going to sleep. After cleansing the skin I just rubbed a couple of drops onto my face and I instantly felt soothing relief. It contains plant oils (Rosewood and Patchouli) which keep the skin super hydrated after a long day. 

Having a blocked nose is one of my worst nightmares and after constant blowing and rubbing, I am afraid to look in the mirror. The skin around my nose gets red, dry and super flaky and I look a bit like ''Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer''. My mum gave me Bepanthen Ointment and it is such a good cream. It is very moisturising and is perfect for sensitive skin. I use it when I have a blocked nose and a little goes a long way!

Of course there are cosy socks, slippers, blankets and lots of hugs and cuddles to help me get through my illness too!

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