Getting your body back on track when it’s feeling below par
These fragile, fleshy homes that we like to call our bodies are susceptible to all manner of things that can leave us feeling a little worse for wear. Sometimes a few days of rest and recharging can get them back on track. But most of the time it’s just a little stuffiness, grogginess or a dull ache that needs some extra encouragement to leave us alone.
Waking up to teach an early morning online class with a stuffy nose or mild headache sucks. No argument there. We’ve all had those mornings, and while someone will inevitable make a quip about getting up on the “wrong side of the bed”, what you really want is just to relieve some of the discomfort.
Here are some of our top methods for feeling on top form, naturally!
Remember, these are not by any stretch of the wildest imagination a solution to serious medical conditions. That’s the job of your doctor. These are just some great ways to give your body a boost, and if you decided to replace a can of RedBull with some chamomile tea, it probably wouldn’t do a whole lot of harm either.
Clearing your sinuses: salt and oils
There’s nothing worse than blocked up sinuses. Not least when you accidentally sneeze and it feels like your entire face made a run for the horizon with your brain in tow. Luckily there are some clever homemade and natural remedies to help relieve (and in some cases even unblock) your sinuses.
One efficient way is by making a saline nasal spray solution. This may seem a little daunting as saline, nasal and spray are three words that, independently, are already a little frightening. But it’s really pretty simple. Using 1/4 pint of clean water, 1/4 tsp of salt, and 1/4 tsp of baking soda, mix the three together and then sniff the solution into each nostril gently. Be warned, it’s a messy process.
A slightly simpler method is to inhale steam infused with essential oils. A few drops of menthol essential oil added to a bowl of steaming water will give you the sensation of the nasal passages opening up when breathed in (the steam, not the water).
Scratchy throat: chamomile tea and honey
Chamomile tea to your throat is what bath salts to your body are. It obviously knows something that the rest of the tea world is oblivious too, because this herbal tea has got mad skills. It’s an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with astringent properties. Since it also stimulates the nervous system, drinking chamomile tea for a sore throat can sometimes even help fight off the infection that’s causing the discomfort in the first place.
But wait, don’t let the chamomile do all the heavy lifting itself. Honey to the rescue. Adding honey to just about anything is a good idea, but when it actually helps reduce inflammation and helps your body feel better (honey has antibacterial properties), then it’s a brilliant idea.
Chamomile tea with honey is known for its ability to relax you and relieve tension. So when you’re not drinking it to soothe a sore throat, have a cup in the evening to let the stress of the day melt away.
Tired eyes: aloe vera
This one is a little less weird than placing cucumbers and other bits of your salad on your eyelids. When your eyes are feeling especially tired and uncomfortable, it’s time to break out the aloe vera.
By mixing a tablespoon of aloe vera gel into 2 tablespoons of water, you’ve created the perfect natural solution for sore eyes. Soak some cotton wool rounds in the mixture and place them on your closed eyelids to reduce inflammation and rehydrate the area for 5-10 minutes.
If you’re in a hurry and need to do this in public, try drawing eyeballs on the other sides of the cotton rounds. Nobody will be the wiser. But just make sure they don’t slide off your eyelid accidentally, people tend to freak out about that.
Headache: cold compress
There are few feelings worse than waking up in the morning to the dull thud of a mild headache. Especially those ones that don’t warrant taking painkillers, but threaten to stick around all day leaving you wishing you were back in bed.
Headaches are particularly tricky to solve, and their causes vary from person to person, but one great remedy can be a cold press. Cold presses help decrease inflammation, slow nerve conduction and slightly constrict blood vessels in the neck, which can help reduce the pain caused by headaches. Making them is easy too. All you need to do is fill a waterproof bag with some ice, and then wrap it in a towel before placing it on your neck or temples.
So, the next time you’re feeling a little sensitive before your VIPKid class, try out some of these little remedies and see if they help boost your day!