Cold Weather Survival Guide

Rose PavingRose Paving / January 26, 2011   |   Health & Wellness

Sick girl holding red cupCold and flu season is in full-swing and if you’re like a lot of us, your schedule may not allow for much down time.  So, when vitamins and sleep won’t seem to do the trick, and your doctor can’t see you or your loved ones until the following week, try some of these at-home remedies tried and proven by the women and mothers of Rose Paving!

  • Don’t underestimate the importance of frequent hand washing, covering a sneeze or cough with your elbow, and keeping hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.

-Anita, Accounting; Sandy, Administration

  • Eat homemade chicken soup

-Teri, Administration

  • Drink Gatorade or Pedialyte (depending on the age) to replace lost fluids and electrolytes, and stay hydrated

-Sandy, Administration

  • Take a good steam bath or use a vaporizer / humidifier at night

Sandy & Teri, Administration

  • Use vapor rubs to help clear sinuses

Sandy & Teri, Administration

  • Remember to replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months, or after an illness to help stop the spread of germs

Sandy, Administration

  • For a sore throat, congestion, or pesky cough, try drinking herbal (non-caffeinated) tea with a couple tablespoons of honey and lemon juice.

*Warning: honey should not be given to children under the age of 12 months.  For more info, please visit http://aap.org/

Kelly, Sandy, & Teri: Administration

  • For a natural way to reduce fevers, mix a bit of rubbing alcohol to water.  Place a damp cloth dipped in the mixture on your forehead while lying down.

-Teri, Administration

  • To help alleviate an infant or toddler’s nighttime cough, apply Vick’s Vapor Rub to the bottom of their feet and then cover with socks.

-Jessica, Marketing

  • For an earache, rub a piece of ice on the palm of your hand which correlates to your ear pain.  An easy way to do this is to place a couple ice cubes in a Ziploc bag, or hold a cold compress.  According to Eastern medicine, the cold temperature on your palm will lessen the pain of the earache.

-Kelly, Administration

  • For allergies, eat 2 tablespoons of honey every day (honey must be native to the state in which you live)

-Jessica, Marketing

  • Lots of love (the best remedy of all!)

-Teri, Administration

What’s missing from this list?  Share your favorite home remedy with us by commenting below.

These tips are only suggestions and are not meant to take the place of prescribed medication or regular visits to your doctor.