Updated: Nov 29, 2022
Many of the best ideas come in the shower or bath, and that is precisely where this idea came from! I love mnemonics, and I couldn't help but realize that 4 of my go-tos for when I'm feeling sick all start with E.
I give you the 4 Es for Ease
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salts are very high in magnesium, so they can help soothe achey muscles when you get sick. The heat of the bath also creates an artificial fever, which helps the body fight off illnessness faster.
Note: I use a lot of Epsom salt - at least 1 cup per bath, sometimes 2 cups. The magnesium will make you feel very relaxed afterward, so try to schedule this for the end of your day.
Eucalyptus essential oil is especially helpful for clearing out the sinuses. If you're feeling congested, try adding a few drops to your Epsom salt bath or to a hot shower to open those passageways!
A classic herb for illnesses. Echinacea is specific for fighting off bacteria. Studies show that taking echinacea during a cold can help decrease severity and longevity of symptoms.
P.S. Echinacea grows in the sidewalk cracks where I'm from in the Midwest. I had no idea how lucky I was until I learned about echinacea in medical school!
Another classic, but this one is specific for fighting off viruses. Elderberry syrup can be helpful for both prevention and treatment of viral infections.