It’s the most glorious time of the year — you’ve got four projects due and a couple of finals, you’re working extra holiday shifts or covering for sick coworkers, you’re running on three hours of sleep — wait, what’s that? A cough? Sore throat? Oh no, you do not have time for this. Thankfully, all is not lost. Quick and easy remedies are just a few steps away. You’ll be back on the grind without missing a beat.
Relieve Nausea with Ginger
Whether it be morning sickness, an upset stomach, or just indigestion, that uneasy feeling of nausea can ruin a whole day. Luckily, ginger promotes the secretion of many digestive enzymes that will bring that unease to a halt. Ginger tea is your best bet, but if you don’t have raw ginger root on hand, ginger ale will work too.
Soothe Aches & Pains with Tennis Balls
If you’ve just pulled a double at work or studied at your laptop for too long, your body is going to be feeling it. Instead of reaching for those pain pills, grab a couple of tennis balls instead. Relieve neck and back pain by lying down on the balls at the sore points, or soothe sore feet by rolling a ball on the ground with the arch of your foot. Throw them in a sock to keep them from rolling away, and you’ll have a cheap, portable massager wherever you go.
Ease a Sore Throat with Salt Water
Just as effective as most throat sprays, gargling salt water will diminish a sore throat for a short period of time. Simply add a 1/2 tablespoon of salt to warm water and gargle for 30 seconds. It’ll soothe your throat just long enough to make some chicken soup.
Story by Katie Blackstone
Photo by Crystal French