Well… the season has finally caught up with me. I’m sick.
I wanted to use this opportunity to share with you some of my favorite ways to beat the “I’m Home Sick” blues.
An Epsom Salt Bath: I love epsom salt baths… heck just baths in general.
Make it super relaxing by making your own fancy bath salts and save them for days when you’re sick, stressed, or feeling just plain blah.
Fill your container (a mason jar or equivalent) with Epsom salts. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil (may I recommend lavender, chamomile, or peppermint?). If you’re feeling super adventurist add some dried herbs or flowers. Let container sit for about a week to infuse salts with all that fabulous goodness.
Then, the next time you’re home sick, light some candles, let the bathroom get super steamy, and throw a good amount of your homemade bath salts into the tub. All those aches will melt away and you’ll feel like a new person after a good soak.
Homemade heating pad: This one I’m going to have to thank my mom for.
Years ago, my mom made a whole collection of these homemade heating pads and now I have no idea what I would do without it. They’re super easy to make. Cut fabric to your desired size (mine is a rectangle sized 12″x6″). Put inside out, and sew three sides. Fill with FEED CORN. You can find feed corn at all sorts of places online, at farm supply stores, I even found some at Walmart one time. Sew the final side and you’re done. If you so desire, you can also create a pillow case for you’re heating pad (that way you can wash the case when necessary).
To use the heating pad, you can place it in you’re microwave (start with 2 min) or in the freezer for several hours. The feed corn hold the heat or cold for quite a long time. It’s fabulous for menstrual cramps, cold feet during the winter, tension headaches, and yes, when you’re sick. In fact, I’m using mine write now. Love it!
Tea with Honey and Lemon:
Tea is amazing for all sorts of ailments, but I’m always reminded of how much I love tea when I’m sick. There is just something about holding this steaming cup of goodness, the heat running down my throat ridding my body of all yuckiness. “That’s right body! You better be scared- tea’s coming!!” …can you tell I love my tea? :-p
Adding honey and lemon gives my tea a special kung-pow that really helps to knock out a cold or flu. Honey is antibacterial among other things, and lemon will give you a dose of vitamin C. “See I told you body, you can run but you can’t hide!!”.
Daytime TV: So… I have to admit something.
I like daytime tv. You know, all those morning shows, the infomercials, the shopping network, reality tv… oh boy. I really shouldn’t have admitted that. But I have to say, when I’m sick, there is nothing better than lounging on the couch, cudding with Rocky- the super dog!, and watching The View, Ellen, and HSN. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do right now.
What do you do when you’re sick?
Love! (and health!)