So I am here on the mend from this cold, to tell you what products I have decided are "a little great" worthy to help battle cold and flu season... and I want to hear what your favorite products are. We all need a little help here, until some genius who I will worship forever figures out how to cure the cold (a girl can hope, can't she?)
Bear with me, some of these might be really obvious, but some of them might surprise you. I also want your nominations for GOLD STAR "a little great" worthy cold and flu products! Please leave a comment! Also, I did not take all these products at the same time... obviously use these products responsibly!
Gold star product #1... RICOLA ORIGINAL NATURAL HERB COUGH DROPS
Okay these are BRAND NEW to me! I have always hated cough drops - Hall's cough drops are always too strong for me and make me tear up and gag... I can't stand them for long. I was in a conference and coughing my brains out and a nice lady next to me offered me a cough drop. I was wary at first, but desperate due to my location. She gave me a Ricola Herb Drop - sounds gross right? WRONG! Totally good, not too strong, worked perfectly (I stopped coughing) and natural to boot! I bought a bag of them as soon as I got out of the conference. Score!
Gold star product #2... Sinus Rinse or Neti Pot
This may be new to you - if you have not tried a neti pot or a sinus rinse product, I highly recommend! Don't freak out on me, this totally works!
here is a neti pot
I own this one (they do the same thing)
Basically you are "washing" your sinuses with a mild saline rinse (just add one of the saline packets to warm water and go!) This has worked wonders for me in cleaning out gunk from my nose, and even more importantly, in preventing sinus infections from developing. It always helps me feel better to do it a couple times a day when I have a cold. The first time you try it may be a bit weird, but just remember to keep your mouth open and breathe normally. You can also do a little "sniff" after you finish with each side as this will help the back of your sinuses also get the rinse. Trust me on this, if you haven't tried washing your sinuses yet, it just may save you this winter!
Gold Star Product #3... Mucinex DM
This stuff helped me stop coughing like a maniac at night when I no longer needed something as strong as Nyquil (see below) but would wake up with spastic dry coughing bouts. This also helped when I had to be at work but didn't want to hack all day long. I am new to Mucinex, and I likey.
Gold star product #4... NYQUIL
I would like to give this rockin' concoction its due praise. Can I get a HOLLA for nyquil? Seriously, this stuff makes it so I can actually get REST when I am too stuffy to breathe in a prone position, and when I am coughing my brains out it brings sweet relief. Bless the Nyquil inventors. I like to take the gelcaps because the liquid stuff tastes NASTY!
Gold star product #5... SUDAFED
Okay I know you all know about Sudafed (and Nyquil), I am just saying that this is a list of things to have on hand ALL WINTER LONG so you can take care of yourself! Make sure you space out buying this stuff otherwise you will get busted for trying to make a meth lab or something.
Gold Star Product #6... Warm Mist Humidifier
I always remember to give my kids their humidifier when they have colds but tend to forget to whip this baby out for myself... and whenever I do, I am so glad I did! Helps so much with breathing comfortably at night and not waking up with above mentioned hacking cough of death.
Gold Star Product #7... Super Vitamins and Herbs
So there is my gold star list for now. Please make a comment and tell me (us) what you LOVE to use to battle colds and flu. We could all use a little help!
One last thought... I was thinking about how when I was pregnant and had a cold I couldn't take much of ANYTHING really to help me out (plus I was even paranoid to take what they told me I could for fear I would somehow damage my baby!) What products or tricks did you or do you use when pregnant?
I can't wait to read your tips and hope mine were somewhat helpful!