Exam Season Flu Remedies to Save the Day

Although spring is here, it feels like winter just doesn’t want to end, which means the flu is creeping up on us at the worst time…exam season. I know for myself, being sick at a crucial time like final exam season is the absolute worst, because focusing on reading is the last thing you want to do. Unfortunately, the flu has hit me this season, and if you are anything like me, you are going to want to get rid of it ASAP. Below I have listed some remedies to aid you if you are sick during finals.

 

Lemon and Honey Tea

Whenever I feel like the flu is going to hit me, my throat is usually the first thing that starts to hurt. To help your throat from feeling like knives are stabbing it, make a cup of this homemade tea. Simple and healing…

  • A cup of hot water
  • The juice of half a lemon (make sure to catch the seeds as you don’t want those things creeping up on you). Lemon is an incredible source of vitamin C: a key vitamin you will want to intake when you’re sick.
  • A heaping tablespoon of honey. Honey has many health benefits as it contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredients.

 

Making sure to stay warm and get loads of rest

 I know exam season will make you feel like you have to study 12 hours a day, but I highly recommend taking long naps in-between your study sessions. Not only is sleep important, but sleeping with layers and socks is key. By layering your body up and wearing socks (maybe even a hat too), this allows your body to sweat throughout your slumber, which releases the unhealthy toxins from your body. This is like a natural detox: super important.

 

An old-school European drink

Now before I begin, this recipe sounds absolutely disgusting, but it is foolproof. No joke, this recipe has been passed down from generation to generation, and as a Ukrainian myself, this is the number one thing my family recommends. My suggestion is to chug the drink as it is definitely not one to sip on gradually.

  • 1 glass of milk (200ml)
  • 2 tbsp of raw honey
  • 1 clove of garlic: garlic contains a compound called allicin which has extremely potent medicinal properties
  • 1 tsp of melted butter (unsalted)

 

Set up a heater and a humidifier in your room

By adding a humidifier and a portable heater to your room, this will allow your body to continue sweating the toxins out and clear your clogged sinuses. Sometimes I add a diffuser into the mix and add light scented essential oils such as peppermint to help clear me up.