Cough Remedies?

Has anyone got any cough remedies that work?

I have a cold and nasty cough coming on. I was completely miserable yesterday and luckily my older two kids were doing an “Instant Restaurant” (from My Kitchen Rules) for us for dinner, so I had a 3 course meal handed up to me by my children, so didn’t have to cook. I basically spent the day on the couch wrapped up, doing bare minimum and dosing off when possible.

Being sick this time, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I am not pregnant, nor trying to get pregnant, or on my two-week-wait hoping to be pregnant so I can actually take any suggested remedies!

I went to the chemist on Friday and got “Day and Night” tablets and a cough bottle called Exputex. I didn’t start taking them then because wanted a hot whiskey that night (I love them but only drink them when I’m sick, seeing as then they’re medicinal!), so had that and then started taking the other stuff on Saturday, and spent the day wrapped up drinking hot whiskeys without the whiskey (honey, clove and lemon drinks).

I also have a Homeopathic Remedies kit that I started trying to self-treat myself on Friday morning as I was getting shooting pains in my throat on the left side and there’s a remedy for pain starting on the left. The pain stopped by evening, but the cold and cough was getting worse so that’s why I was hoping to get in early with some meds to avoid it getting really bad. (I had a horrific dose last Christmas, while pregnant, that had a cough so bad it pulled muscles in my stomach, and I am prone to bad coughs)

I do feel a bit better today, but my guess is that is from taking it easy yesterday and sweating it out a bit too, but as of tomorrow when himself is back to work and my life is back to normal, I won’t have time to take it easy or rest. So I definitely need to stay on top of it and hopefully kick this thing in the ass before it gets any worse.

So anyone got any hints or tips of what I could do to put a stop to it?

Finding time for my health

Every time I try to get fit and healthy, I break myself. Sounds a bit mad, but it happens every time. I have learned over the years that I need to go slowly and build myself up, and that I need to make sure I wear proper footwear. Somehow though every time I start to try to get fit, I fall apart. My shins, my knees, my sciatica and my hips and lower back. At different stages, different parts of me seem to fall apart!

Last year I got a fitbit and increased my steps, and made sure to wear my good running shoes on the treadmill – but because I was doing most of my steps off the treadmill, I got shin splints.

Another time I made sure not to increase my exercise amounts too fast (think you should only increase steps/distance by 10% a week or something like that), and I was being very careful about it – but was trying to build up to jogging and went to the local hilly woods and got shin splints. Seemingly the additional bending on the ankles/shins on inclines and hills aggrevates the shin splints.

I tried to use the exercise bike, and my knees stopped working. I started getting shooting pain through my knees when walking.

Thought maybe the cross-trainer would be a good option because there was no pounding the shin down like on the treadmill. I ended up damaging my Achilles tendon and my plantar fascis (the muscle running under your foot). I could barely walk for weeks, that was severely painful.

So I’m very conscious starting off exercising, because I want to be able to exercise consistently and make it a habit. So during the summer, I started on the treadmill. Before I started, I made sure that I got proper runners, and also got proper insoles fitted and molded for me. I was stretching a bit before and afterwards. I started very slowly, not pushing myself, and barely even going the speed of a fast walk. More a leisurely paced walk. I was enjoying the time out in the shed, with my music on, on my own. I built it up slowly, taking rest days even though I didn’t feel I needed them at the pace I was going. I was at the stage where I was going out for about a 30 minute walk on the treadmill, at least four or five times a week. I was loving it and really happy that I was actually making a habit of it, and that it was really good for my head as well. If I went out there in a bad mood, by the time I was coming in, I was happier again.

And then I went to the Electric Picnic festival with my eldest daughter. I wore wellies. I did put my proper insoles into the wellies, but they’re still flat rubber boots. I walked over 25,000 steps on the Saturday and over 18,000 steps on the Sunday. On the Tuesday I walked up to the playschool to collect Biz, and I wasn’t 5 minutes into the walk when I couldn’t actually put weight on my legs. Luckily I was able to use the buggy to put my weight on to help me, but it was so painful. So I knew I was going to have to take a break from walking. Annoying but I didn’t want them to get worse, and rest is the most important thing for them to heal.

I was back with the physio about my stomach and core muscle exercises that she’s working on with me, and asked about the shin splints. She gave me exercises for them and told me to stay off them for the two weeks until she saw me next. I did that, but wasn’t great at actually doing the physio exercises. I was back with her last week and she’s given me more, and again told me no treadmill.

But it’s almost a week since I was with her and I have probably done the exercises on two days. That’s not ok. This is important, and this is for me. I can’t start to walk for exercise again until I sort them out. The exercises aren’t particularly difficult, but it is just the fact of trying to find the time to do them. But I need to. I need to find time to prioritise my health, and sort my body out once and for all so that I can be fit and healthy.

So I have just done the full set of exercises tonight, and will make it a priority every day now going forward. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to say that she has noticed a difference and that I really have done them every day. (Fingers crossed!!)

Packages Arriving!

The excitement! All my orders from over the weekend and earlier this week are starting to arrive. Its very exciting! I have to wait for a quiet time, when I can be sure that I won’t be surprised by a little person appearing beside me, to open them up.

Just a note to remember when ordering online – make sure to double check the measurements! One of the “big” Christmas presents arrived, and the box is tiny compared to what I was picturing. It is not the end of the world, because really it is about the contents inside – but just when you picture it standing under the tree, its not what I was hoping for. Particularly as it is for my eldest, and all her bits are teeny tiny sizewise but expensive lol.

Natural Deodorant

During the summer I decided that I was going to try to change to natural deodorants. This is something that was on my radar a good few years ago and I remember I tried a crystal stick and some other type of deodorant. I can’t actually remember at this stage (can I blame baby-brain? even though I think I’ve just forgotten anyway lol) – but I am guessing that whatever I did try didn’t impress me much, because I went back to using a main brand antiperspirant and have used that for the last six or seven years.

I had been seeing all these reviews on one particular Facebook page I’m on for a natural cream type deodorant made by Warrior, which is an Irish company. I decided to try it and bought myself and the hubbie a tin each, different scents. They recommend doing a deodorant detox when you’re changing to a natural deodorant, so go for a few days to a week without any deodorant and then start using the natural deodorant. So as unpleasant as that was, we both did it! And then started using the Warrior cream.

I’m just going to talk from my own experience because I don’t think my husband has fully changed over, its much easier for him to just spray something on in the mornings running out the door, than rub in a cream. For this reason I actually have bought a whole range of other natural deodorants to try out, to see can I find another option for him to use that is handier in the early mornings! That’s another post lol.

The cream is a mix of mostly shea butter, coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate and arrowroot and essential oils. And the two we got smelled beautiful. Because of its ingredients, it changes consistency with the heat in the house – in the summer it was much runnier, now more solid.¬†You need to take a pea size bit and rub it into your armpit, so its a bit messier because obviously you have to wash your hands after using it. But it works. It keeps me fresh for 24hours usually. There’s times where I’ve put on a tight top straight after putting it on and must have rubbed it off because I notice a slight smell later that night, but usually from one morning to the next, there’s is no smell of sweat from me.

One thing though is that it doesn’t stop the sweat – which of course is one of the points of using it, letting the body clear the toxins by sweating them out – but still you sometimes forget about the fact of what that means until you’re sweating and have patches showing on your top!

But I love the fact that I am using a natural deodorant, with no aluminium or nasties in it at all. And that it works!