It was about time for an Editor's Note, though at the moment I had no idea what to share with you other than that I am pretty sicked out and feeling like crap since 2 days. Which would be quite an irrelevant message if that didn't give me the opportunity to share some home remedies that I tried these days! As I usually reach for major pain killers like ibuprofen way too quickly - I easily take more than allowed according to the prescription- I thought I should dive into the world of natural home remedies. And as it's the time of the year where so many people get sick, I'd like to share some tips with you.

Preventing getting sick is always better of course, but in my case it had to happen some time: I always forget to take my vitamine supplements and I rarely eat fruits, simply because I forget that too. So, two days ago I got a sore throat, but now it's actually a throat inflammation, which I get about once every year. Ouch! I also got a fever, swollen lymph nodes in my neck (that hurts so bad) and overall body aches and chills. Instead of grabbing ibuprofens all day, I tried some of the following home remedies, and I must say: I'm feeling a bit better already!

Cold lemon water for a sore throat
A sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of having the flu. The difference between a sore throat and a strep throat (inflammation) is that the second is more severe and can also cause these white patches on your tonsils, which makes it hard to swallow. Drinking cold water will help with the swelling, but adding a good amount of lemon juice to the water will help fight the actual infection. Drinking lots of this (and tea) will help with headaches too, as you really need to stay hydrated.

Herbal tea
Herbal tea like chamomile tea can help with a sore throat too, and it also relaxes you. The steam from the hot tea can help you breathe better, too. It's good to switch between hot and cold drinks, especially if you have a fever. I've been drinking lots of herbal teas and it seems to make me feel a little better.

Warm shower or hot water bottle
If you entire body feels achy, taking a warm shower can help relax you muscles. I personally really love this, as that typical 'fever pain' in my entire body pretty much stops me from doing anything else than just lying down. And when I'm lying down, I like to have a hot water bottle with me, simply because I am so cold all the time.

Sweating is good!
They say when you have a fever or the flu, you have to sweat it out. It's true! Last night I felt so horrible. I wore thick socks, a scarf around my neck, pajamas and a fleece bathrobe to get warm. Before I went to sleep with a hot water bottle  I also had some hot herbal tea and it litteraly made me sweat all night. But when I got up this morning to take a shower, I felt better than the day before. I read that sweating is a sign that your fever is subsiding, so yay in my case, I hope it'll go down soon.

Lots of orange juice
As your body can really use some extra vitamins when you feel sick, drinking orange juice is a good option. Orange juice and other fruit juices that are rich in vitamin C are good choices, since the vitamin C assists your immune system in fighting off infections. 

Rest a lot
Most importantly: lots of rest and sleep! Apparantly, the reason we sleep more when we feel sick is because our bodies need sleep to replenishes cells that have been lost, including vital white blood cells, that fight bacteria and viruses in the body. So there's a pretty big chance I'll take a few more naps today;)

Well well, I never thought I would actually write an article on me being sick, but these home remedies and tips worked for me already so I wanted to share them. Perhaps they'll help you when you feel a cold or the flu coming up, too! What are your tips to feel better when you're sick? Share them in the comments below :)

Posted by Malu Swartjes on 08 December 2016