So it’s coming into Spring and I thought I’d managed to avoid the generally inevitable winter flu but yesterday, for the first time in 2014, I conceded. With a head thick as cotton wool and a throat that felt like I was swallowing razor blades I thought I’d share some top tips on how to get rid of a sore throat according to the guys over at Ultra Chloraseptic
Cure The Pain, Not the Virus
Unfotrnately, when it comes to sore throats, a lot of the time they happen to be viral which are uncurable by anti bitotics. In this case it’s better to try and treat the pain with something like an anti inflammatory tablet or throat spray whilst riding the virus out.
Stay Away from Ill People Even When You’re Ill
When you’re feeling at your worst your immune system will be low. With this in mind you want to stay away from fellow sickies to help eliminate the risk of you catching a secondary infection
An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away (seriously, it does)
When Winter hits our bodies are working over drive to keep us warm and healthy so make sure you give it all the help you can and the easiest way you can do this is by boosting your vitamin intake by ensuring you get your 5 a day every day
Ditch The Vino and Reach for The H20
I know it’s boring and I sound like a broken record but it’s unfortunately true; booze in excess is bad for you and make you pretty dehydrated. According to pharmacist, Anna McClaughlin, dehydration can be one of the main contributors to a sore throat. Therefore, maybe ditch that final glass of vino and replace it with a glass of the good stuff (water that is)! Try spicing up your water with some soothing Manuka honey as a bit of a treat
Why Are We All Shouting! (An anchor man reference for anyone who didn’t get that )
Seriously though, pipe down. Shouting or using your voice when it’s not necessary only puts further strain on it so keep shtum when you don’t need to be saying anything
Finally, an oldy but a goody and it just happens to be my favourite, Mums Hot Toddy Recipe
This hot toddy recipe dates back a long time as my Grandma and Granddad used to make it and my Mum then passed it down to me. I experienced my first hot toddy a couple of years ago when my boyfriend and I were living with my Mum in between finding our own flat and we both got a really nasty cold. Whilst snuffling away on the sofa my Mum went off and made us both a hot toddy, served in a glass, not a mug and even to this day I swear that night sleep was the best I have ever had. Although I would never suggest alcohol cures any form of ailment, I would definitely say that this hot toddy helps ease the symptoms
Juice of one lemon, freshly squeezed
A generous measure of good Scottish Whisky (My Mum uses Macallan 25, SUPER scrum)
A tablespoon of Scottish heather honey (or any other good quality honey you have to hand)
A mug of boiling water
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 Cinnamon stick for stirring
A few slices of fresh lemons for garnishing
Add all the ingredients to the boiling water and stir together with the cinnamon stick. Leave for a minute or two withe the cinamon stick in the toddy so that it infuses through and then enjoy.
Ginnys final thought – The Winter blues are bad enough without the added burden of a nasty cold but hopefully some of the above tips will help you combat some of the yuckier side effects meaining you can glide blissfully through the harsher months and arrive in the Summer as fresh as a daisy.
There are hundred of variations on the hot toddy recipe out there. If you’ve got a version then I’d love to hear yours too!