Here are the things that everyone know they should do to avoid getting sick, but sometimes we all forget how important it is to actually follow those simple lessons:
When I was growing up, I remember my mom tried to stay and keep my sister and me away from the medications, if possible. I don't even know why I just used the past tense, it's still the case these days too. My mom knows all kinds of home remedies for the cold. I think most of them really work, so if you feel adventurous, try them out.
Disclaimer: this is going to be a total "Normal read" for my fellow Russians, but probably for the rest it will be "Weird treatments extravaganza". In any case, I hope if you read you will find it either helpful or find it a nice useful insight into the Russian culture :)
- For sore throat: gargling with salted water (1 tsp salt for 1 glass of water). Keep gargling little by little till you run out of water in the glass. If I get a sore throat I do it in the morning and in the evening. I swear it works!
- For sore throat and cough: in a bowl pour boiling water over some chamomile. Breath in and inhale the "chamomile steam" while holding your head over the bowl and keeping a towel over your head and the bowl to prevent the steam from escaping. **Additional benefit: you get a nice little facial!
- For stuffed nose: (I think this one is MJ's favorite... MJ's favorite to laugh at when I do it): You hard boil 2 eggs, take them out of the water, wait a bit till they cool down a bit (but just a bit, you want them hot), and hold them to the both sides of the top of your nose. It feels nice and as it warms you up, it loosens everything up in your nose (probably shouldn't get too graphic) and "unstuffs" it nicely.
- For fever: drink lots of tea or just hot water with raspberry preserves in it. The preserves are rich with vitamin C, that's why it works. Of course, drinking a lot in general does wonders for fever too. MJ jokes that raspberry preserves is my family's answer to every kind of sickness, but of course his answer to everything is ginger juice... So not too far from raspberry preserves.
- For common cold: soak your feet in hot, hot water with some dry mustard in there (for even more heat). I love it. It's my favorite!
- For cough (the kind that comes from your lungs): to warm up the lungs, you apply "mustard plasters" to the front and back of your body in the area of your lungs. I don't even know if anyone knows what "mustard plasters" is, but basically it's these paper squares that are covered in dry mustard. Before you apply them to your body, you moisten them in hot water and really burn as they're working.
That's all I can think of...
Stay healthy and dress warm!