While I was in the shower, I had a great realization- an epiphany. They say that all of the best ideas come to you while you're relaxing in the bath or shower, and this one is no exception. I love mnemonics, especially ones related to feeling better when sick, and it hit me that 4 of my go-to treatments for illness all start with the letter E.
Try these 4 Es for Ease the next time you're feeling under the weather. They may not cure your illnesses, but they will ease symptoms and help them go away faster!
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 illness 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!
Echinacea is an herb known to treat illnesses, specifically those caused by bacteria. Studies have found that echinacea can help lessen the severity and length of a cold when taken at onset of symptoms. Did you know? A combination of echinacea and Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of both bacterial and viral infections!
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.
If you find yourself getting sick this winter, hopefully these four tips will help you fight off your symptoms quickly so that you can enjoy a healthy season!