Health

It’s sick season, and lots of my friends have had strep. I was part of the strep crew, and it hit me hard. I felt awful – major headache, chills, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, the whole nine. I was bound and determined to get rid of it and still avoid antibiotics.

One solution is Thieves oil; it’s antibacterial and antiviral, and cleans stuff pretty darn well. I’ve never used it for strep or illness, but I’ve heard others attest to its incredible healing powers. Sadly, I didn’t have any Thieves, and I’m on a budget here. So I did the next best thing and found the perfect herbal remedy that contained only three simple, everyday ingredients that I already had!

I made it using the recipe below, and ate the whole mixture twice in one day. The next day my throat had made a massive improvement and I had actual energy, so I made the mixture again the next day, eating half in the morning and half in the evening. I also made green tea mixed with apple cider vinegar, a tsp cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a tsp honey, and drank a large mug of it.

By the morning of the third day, my sore throat was completely gone and I felt normal. I drank another of the green tea mixtures just to be on the safe side, and that was the last of the remedies I made. I was cured!

Here’s the magical recipe, which happens to be way cheaper than a doctor visit and a prescription, simple to prepare, way faster than medicine, totally safe and natural. Whether you have strep or just a slightly sore throat, this is a really fantastic method to try.

1 tbsp raw honey
¼ tsp cayenne
3-4 cloves garlic (chopped as finely as you can)

Mix the ingredients and eat it. Don’t wash out the throat; you want the ingredients to coat it.

I made it twice on the first day, but I’ve read that it’s still incredibly effective if just taking it once. Try the green tea mixture, too.

Now go get better!

Let us know in the comments below if this works for you, or if you’ve got other remedies you like to use.

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Health

It is still fall and yet, somehow, winter is already upon us.  I know that there are people who are fortunate enough to live or go to school in a state where snow and cold weather are not a problem. But for those of us who have to deal with freezing temperatures and (worst of all) snow, here are a list of ways to stay warm:

  1. Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate – Having a nice, hot drink is essential to keeping warm. Not only are they extremely yummy but they also help warm you up in a matter of seconds. Get yourself a travel mug and fill it with a hot beverage of your choice.
  2. Layer up! – I know you might feel ridiculous at first but you won’t regret it later when you’re feeling nice and toasty. Put on several long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a hoodie, two pairs of socks, and leggings underneath your jeans or sweats. Throw on whatever you have and don’t worry if it doesn’t match. The more layers you have on, the warmer you’ll be. Trust me!
  3. Gloves, hats, and scarves – Remember that hat and scarf set your grandma made you? You know the one you didn’t want to wear because it makes you look funny? Well, now is the time to break it out! If your grandma doesn’t knit or crochet, then you should probably go to the nearest Walmart or Target and stock up on gloves/mittens (2-3 pairs will do) and get yourself a scarf and hat set if you don’t already have one.
  4. Are you sleeping near the window? – Unfortunately, I had to push my bed up against the window so we’d have more floor space in the room. If you’re in the same predicament as I am, make sure to keep more than one blanket on the bed. Also try to keep the curtains closed at all times to block the air out and keep the heat on when you’re in the room. If you don’t have heat in your room, get a small space heater (if it’s allowed on your campus). Lastly, don’t forget to sleep with a pair of socks on and a warm pair of pajamas or a onesie!
  5. No canvas shoes – I learned the hard way that canvas shoes don’t really do anything to keep your feet warm. If you can, try to avoid wearing them in the colder weather because your feet will freeze up as soon as you step outside. If you don’t have a wide range of shoes to pick from, then wear two pairs of socks with your canvas shoes to protect your feet from the bitter cold.
  6. Eat warm food – No ice cream or frozen yogurt during this time of the year, unless you really can’t live without it. Instead, eat any soup or stew you can find. Those are the kinds of things you eat when it’s cold out. Not only are they filling but they also will help keep you warm.
  7. Are you forgetting something? – I have quite a few friends who walk outside without some sort of coat or jacket on and I never understand it. Don’t be like them! The key to surviving these cold months is to stay as warm as possible and the best way to do that is to wear a coat or a jacket. Whatever it is that you have! If you forget to put it on, then you’ll more than likely regret it.

There are not any right or wrong ways to stay warm. Do whatever works for you! These are just a few tips that help me survive the colder months. How do you stay warm?

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Health

It’s that time of year where Jack Frost just seems to not want to leave us alone, and that means the sniffles and coughing are bound to start following soon enough. While a little cold might not be detrimental to your health, here are some tricks to keeping that bug away so you can enjoy a fun-filled winter wonderland!

1. Take Notes From Mrs. Claus

No one wants a skinny Santa! Likewise, make sure you’re eating right this winter. Getting the right nutrients is important, and while eating a salad is great to stay healthy, make sure you’re getting your protein and eating some warm foods like soup! The healthier you eat, the stronger your body and immune system will be when it comes to fitting off the cold.

2. Kris Kringle Knew a Thing or Two

The man himself sure knew how to make a statement with his wardrobe! And while we may not all feel like we’re able to rock a head-to-toe red velvet pantsuit, Kris Kringle knew that dressing to brace the cold was the only way to get through all those blizzards! Make sure you wear lots of layers and keep warm! Protecting your head, chest, hands, and feet are key points in your body to prevent you from getting sick; so don’t cut back when it comes to gloves and a hat!

3. We Can’t All be Frosty

As much fun as Frosty looked like he was having when he was running all about town in the snow, we can’t all live in the cold! Make sure you stay in once in a while, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while you’re at it! Being outdoors too much during the cold weather can really wear down your body.

While these tips seem simple, make sure to keep them in mind this winter! Staying safe and healthy really allows you to enjoy the holiday season; and while Rudolph looks adorable with his red nose, it might be better if we just leave that to him!

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