There is so much to love about this time of year, from cozy sweaters and glowing pub windows to pumpkin pie and crunchy leaves. But there is one thing that the cold weather brings that isn’t so great - the dreaded fall cold. And man, it hit us hard this year. Red noses drip like leaky faucets, pounding headaches and endless hacking plague Victorians as the chilly season sets in. I’m no exception. I might be over the worst of it (cross fingers and toes), but the cough is hanging around like a one-night-stand that hasn’t got the memo – and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere…awkward. So I bundled up and went to get the supplies for my anti-cold arsenal. First stop: Silk Road.
I love this shop. Not only does it have all the bagged and loose teas that you could ever want but add the lovely merchandise, the organic beauty and wellness products and the adjoining spa, it is a veritable Valhalla. But today is a get in, get out, get better kind of trip. After perusing the teas and wellness products and asking the incredibly helpful and knowledgeable staff a few questions, I made my purchases and bustled home as fast as my sore body would allow. Now I have to admit, it’s only been two days so I’m not 100%, but I do feel a lot livelier and the rattle in my lungs has subsided considerably. Success! Here’s what I tried:
There is a reason this tea is at the top of my list, it’s a life-saver. It’s soothing and peppy all at the same time. With ginger to boost immunity, lemongrass and citrus peel for a gorgeous zing, green tea for a smooth boost of energy and rooibos to help soothe that headache it’s a winner and I can’t stop brewing pot after pot. The awesomely wise people at Silk Road also shared a few recipe ideas with me: make a Ninja Twist by adding a teaspoon of honey and a ton of fresh lemon to soothe that sore throat and eliminate that icky mucus. Or add equal parts of apple or pear juice and a cinnamon stick to make it a sweet and spicy treat dubbed The Fortress.
Sleep is an essential part of the healing process, and lets be honest, hacking a lung every 15 minutes isn’t really helping. This lovely floral tea is a blend of soothing peppermint, calming chamomile, lovely lemon balm, lavender and rose petals. Two cups of this bad boy with a book and a blanket and get ready to zzzzz; plus keeping this blend on hand is a good idea to combat those non-cold related stressful days and sleepless nights.
Ok so we’ve got the tea, awesome. Insides are all warm and taken care of, but I wanted to kick this cold and kick it hard so I decided to also give their Cold and Flu roll-on a try. With powerful and pungent eucalyptus, tea tree, conifer and bergamot balanced with calming lavender and peppy citrus this little roll on packs a huge punch. I rolled it on my temples, forehead and sternum and ka-pow! Breathed freely. Plus the cough subsided, which made me feel like less of a leper when I was out running errands. Silk Road also carries a Cold and Flu diffuser oil which would be incredible beside the bed for easier breathing during the night. If you don’t have a diffuser (I do not) you can add a few drops to a carrier oil, I use jojoba but grapeseed, avocado, olive and many others work just as well. Then add your concoction to a bath or rub it into your chest or on your shoulders…aaahhhhh.
Make sure to also check out the Sweet Dreams roll-on and diffuser to help boost the potency of the Lullaby Wellness Tea and get some much needed shut eye. With lavender, ylang ylang, spearmint and clary sage essential oils you’ll be well on your way to dreamland. Plus, you can keep it on hand for the more stressful times to make sure you stay balanced, rested and healthy!
Make sure to check out Silk Road to explore their entire collection of teas and wellness products and don’t forget to try their limited edition blends!
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