As I write this, there is a very lovely teacher covering my class for the second day in a row. Considering it is 85 degrees right now… in October… it’s no wonder that my sinus’ are in full panic mode. For the last three days, I have had a scratchy throat, a runny nose, and a completely congested head. My personal preference is to forgo any medication, but that doesn’t mean I am not finding any relief elsewhere!
I have a handful of go-to’s when it comes to feeling less than stellar, whether that means a cold, sinuses, or just overall burnout – and I absolutely swear by them.
This vegetarian noodle soup is easy to digest and contains foods that will decrease inflammation, neutralize pH, and knock out congestion.
- 1 Package of Egg Noodles
- Veggie Broth
- 3-4 Full Carrots
- 3-4 Stalks of Celery
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 Medium Onion
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon of Lemongrass (I usually use the paste, because it is easy to find)
Saute all veggies for a minute or two. Add turmeric and lemongrass and cook for another minute. Add veggie broth, and as many egg noodles as you’d like, and cook until the egg noodles are done.
I am usually rubbing eucalyptus on my chest, while diffusing clove, but either way works. Mix whatever you are putting on your skin with a safe carrier oil, and add a few extra drops of the other to your diffuser. Both scents are great for clearing congestion and aiding in respiratory health.
Apple Cider Vinegar
That old “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has officially been updated – to apple cider vinegar… but it has to be the kind with the “mother.” Braggs is my favorite. Add a tablespoon to some tea, or be brave and take a shot of it first thing in the morning. This will help neutralize your pH, and detox your system.
You know that feeling when you are all stuffy, and you get a really good nose blow… imagine that 10 fold. Sinus rinse devices are available in squeeze bottles, netti-pots, and even battery powered flushers. Most of them come with saline packets already measured out, and ready to mix into your flushing water. Be sure to use distilled water, or boil (and then chill it to room temperature) first. Then rinse and feel the relief of literally flushing out congestion and other irritants that could be stuck in your sinuses.
This little gem comes in a spray or a dropper. You can take the spray through the nostrils, or the drops under the tongue. It works to cut off the oxygen supply from any virus, bacteria, or fungi it comes in contact with. It will then be flushed out through the lymphatic, immune, and elimination systems of the body. Follow the doses on the back of the bottle, and watch whatever you are fighting disappear.
This funny named drink is an Aryuveda go-to and of course contains the infamous, cure-everything, turmeric.
- 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (dairy will contribute more to the amount of mucus you are already producing)
- 3/4 Teaspoon Tumeric
- Sprinkle of Black Pepper
- Tablespoon of Honey
- Few Drops of Vanilla Extract
- A Couple Shakes of Cinnamon
Heat over low heat and whisk vigorously until hot all the way through. Sip, enjoy, and let the turmeric do all the work.
Add a few of these tricks to your routine to feel your best as we approach cold season.