You guys.  I sound ridiculous. 

Little ol' me has been quote-on-quote "sick" the past week.  I honestly blame the hubby for this one.  Sorry, honey.  After I was in a wedding in northern Indiana, Andrew and I decided to head up to South Haven, Michigan.  Y'all, if you have never been to Michigan, gas up the car and take a roadtrip.  It was beautiful! 

So, to the part where I blame Andrew...  The night before we left we crawled into our bed and were watching the Olympics.  As I had done the previous night, I complained the room was cold...except this night it seemed like our little in-room air conditioner was working overtime.  Maybe it was inspired to get in shape after watching all the Olympians.  Heck, after seeing all the competitors, even I thought I needed to tone up.

As I mentioned, the air was pumping that night.  You could feel it swirling in the room around us.  So when my alarm clock sounded at 5:30 to hit the road for our 6 hour drive back, I immediately noticed my throat was ever-so-slightly sore.  Hence, I blame the hubby for always wanting a cold room as he sleeps.

So the past week I have recovered from the sore throat, but I feel so congested!  When I greet customers at the door, it sounds like I have a clothespin over my nose.  Attractive, I know.  So I thought it was time to finally bite the bullet and look into a few remedies.  I thought I would share in case it could help a sister out.

 

Photo Credit: Our Family Health

 

Sounds crazy, but I tried it.  Supposedly if you press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and hold your finger to your eyebrows for 15 seconds or so, you can feel some pressure dissipate.  This is a common trigger-point in acupuncture for nasal relief. 

Did it work?  Yup.  While I didn't feel like a brand new woman by any means, I did seem to notice a slight amount of relief.  It's a great temporary fix!

 

 

Photo Credit: The Homespun Hydrangea

 

When I can solve a problem while also adding in a little DIY, I call it a win in my book.  I can't wait to get home to try out these vapor melts from The Homespun Hydrangea.  If you pop these little guys in the shower, the steam from the water will intensify the ingredients to help with congestion.

Here is a quick rundown of the recipe:

 

Ice Cube Tray

3 Tablespoons Vapor Rub

1 Cup Corn Starch

2 Tablespoons Water

 

Stir together vapor rub and cornstarch until well combined.  Add in water until a paste forms.  If mixture is too thick, add in a splash of water.  Press the paste into the ice tray and freeze for 20 minutes.

And that's it!  When you are feeling a little stuffy, put one on your shower floor and let the steam do the work.

 

And if these quick fixes don't help, consider investing in one of these bad boys.

Photo Credit: Aha Life

 

I'm half joking, half serious when I suggest this thing.  First of all, if Andrew came home and saw me chilling on the couch with this piece of headgear on, he would laugh his freakin' head off.  It wouldn't matter if it worked or not, he would never let me live it down.

While I agree this contraption is a little odd, I can honestly see the benefits of using one of these things!  Not only does it provide aromatherapy, but it also can be used cold or heated up.  It can even help with headaches too!

 

I blame Pinterest for these odd, yet compelling remedies.  ;)

 

STB Babe,

 

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