While I love visiting family over the holidays, I am always happy to wake up in Houston on Christmas morning. Something about being home for Christmas just feels right, ya know? The holidays are significantly less exciting now that I'm no longer a child/student/
Anyways, I am so grateful to be able to take time off for the holidays - to spend time with family and friends and recharge before the inevitable work craziness of the brand new year. Unfortunately my body thinks the day before adult Christmas break is the appropriate time to develop a major cold. RUDE. My normal meds have not been doing the trick, so I decided to try a
Here is the recipe I used:
3/4 cup water
1 bag of Breathe Easy or Echinacea tea
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon raw honey
You should be able to find all of the above ingredients at your local health foods store. I linked to the products I used, all of which I found at Whole Foods. Just prepare the tea according to the instructions on the package and stir in the apple cider vinegar and honey at the end. The vinegar makes it very strong and acidic, so sip slowly. It should help clear your nasal passages almost immediately, but drink the entire thing if you can.
On a completely unrelated note (told you this post would be random), I have a last-minute gift idea for any potential beer lovers on your list. Last year as part of my brother's Christmas present I made "reinbeer" after seeing the idea on Pinterest. One of the very few Pinterest projects I have pinned and actually followed through with! The process is super simple (there is a tutorial here), and the result is super awesome. Here is a pic of my final product. So realistic I can almost see Santa's sleigh full of presents trailing behind...
The only things I did differently from the tutorial above are:
1. Get six different types of beer, all holiday themed. There is an HEB in Houston that allows you to buy individual beers, but I'm sure there are other places (liquor stores, beer specialty stores, specialty supermarkets, etc.) that provide this option if there is not an HEB in your area.
2. Stuff newspapers under the back two rows of "reinbeer" to create a tiered effect with the "reinbeer" in the back being the most elevated.
In the words of my boy Justin Bieber, I'm gone! But not without leaving you with a little Mariah. I just couldn't do that to you.
What is your secret remedy for a cold? Save me!