This season’s flu virus is working on overdrive! At the college campus bookstore I work in the students are dropping like flies. They are dragging themselves to school. Everyone is carrying tumblers of tea, some kind of juice mixture, or other home concoctions. Sales of medicine and anti-flu preventatives increase. I get the “Where’s the (insert brand name medicine here)?” every other customer. Of course, everyone has their own potion and routine to fight the flu.
For me, my warning signs that I’m about to get sick (I tend to get sick twice a year: once in Fall and once in Spring, when the temperatures shift) are sore throat and the chilly feeling, especially my feet. This is when I try to nip it in the bud before it becomes full blown anguish for the next 3-4 days. I drink tea (throat coat is an amazing discovery!) to fight the chill that I start feeling. That’s when I bundle up in a comforter and enjoy the tea. Then, I munch on ginger candy – the 100% ginger candy kind. Ginger has very good natural properties. I chew the ginger candy flat and leave it under my tongue. When I was a kid, my grandma would thinly slice ginger and have us keep it under our tongue. It gets spicy! But, for some reason, it makes the sore throat go away if you just keep sucking on it. And if I have a stuffy nose, it’s vapor rub to the rescue! I actually love that stuff. I also dutifully drink my fizzy medicine and make sure I time it so that I have to take it right before I go to sleep. If I do everything right, and lucky, the symptoms will go away overnight, and I’m fine and dandy the next day.
As someone who works with the general public, the most important things I try to remember to do most often throughout the day are wash my hands and use hand sanitizer.
How about you? What special home remedy or flu-fighting routine works for you?