It seems like everyone is getting sick at this time of the year what with the season change. I currently am battling Bronchitis (and hopefully nothing more! We’ll see on Tuesday when I go for my Doc follow up). I have an ass kicking antibiotic and an inhaler (which is amazing, I’ve never used one before) to help get me better for the next week. Coughing, sneezing, and not being able to hear that well out of my left ear has been rough, but there’s ways to help yourself stay well, and of course, to relief some of the uncomfortable repercussions of being sick.
Chapped lips? Dry hands? No doubt you’re washing your hands a lot more during the cold and flu season if you’re anything like me. I absolutely love Aquaphor and The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector. Slather your hands before you go to sleep, and watch the magic. Dry chapped hands due to cold weather, and hand washing is healed! As for chapped lips (which can be caused by cold weather, and antibiotics/decongestants), I love traditional Chapstick and Carmex. Also, drink plenty of water. If you’re currently sick, water helps to flush out your system, and also plumps lips and skin to keep it moist.
For sore throats and coughs I drink Lipton’s Honey Lemon Black Tea. Tashina suggested it, and I forgot how soothing the honey and lemon are. It’s delicious alone, or with a packet of no calorie sweetener.
And if all else fails, BAKE! I recently baked these two homemade apple pies. I used Cortland Apples for one, and Grannysmith Apples for another. I’ve never used Grannysmith Apples before for baking, but the pie was absolutely delicious.
The flavor was tart, but with the buttery pastry crust (which took the longest to make, but so fun to do), was a great pair. Cortland Apples are always great to bake with in my opinion as well. This might be a new fall tradition. Also throwing a few pinches of flour in the apple mixture made the juices thicker. YUM!! Baking the pies were just as fun as eating them after wards. And don’t lie; you love the lattice crust.