How to be sick with minimal misery

I’m just getting over a really bad cold.

But I’ve been using a bunch of simple tricks to make myself feel less icky and get better as fast as possible. Most of these won’t be new to you, but I thought I’d share my little regime.

1. Drink clear fluids – duh. I drink so much tea. Make sure it’s herbal and uncaffeinated. I’m currently on a chamomile kick, but I also love Throat Coat. If your stomach is upset, ginger is a good way to go.
2. Eat soup or stew – chicken soup has actually been proven to reduce cold symptoms. Soup is generally smooth and won’t hurt your throat going down.
3. Orange ginger “tea” – my girlfriend made this for me last week and it was AMAZING. I felt so much better while drinking it. Chop up an orange into cubes about an inch thick, peel and all. Remove the skin of a piece of ginger root about the size of your thumb and chop it roughly. Place this all in a pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer, uncovered, until tasty and slightly thickened, about 45 minutes. Pour into a mug, and sweeten with honey to taste.
4. Eucalyptus steam – this is great for when you’re dripping snot like a faucet and your sinuses feel all blocked, and also for two days later when all your mucous membranes seem to have dried up and you’re coughing so much you’re afraid you’ll lose a lung. You’ll need a small saucepan with about an inch of water in it, a small towel, and a bottle of eucalyptus essential oil. Bring the water to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer. Place the towel over your head like a hood and lean over the saucepan so that the towel helps channel the steam towards your face. Close your eyes, add a couple drops of essential oil to the saucepan, and breathe in deeply. Stay there, breathing through your nose and your mouth, until you feel nice and clear. I usually splash cold water on my face afterwards, and moisturize my face.
5. Make sure you have good heavy-duty moisturizer – you’ll be washing your hands a lot and your nose will get all dry from blowing it so much, so make sure you have good moisturizer. I use The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, which is gentle and unscented enough that I feel comfortable putting it on my nose. NIVEA is also good.
6. Oil of oregano – This stuff is the second-most disgusting thing I’ve ever had to consume (after aloe vera juice). HOWEVER it really is very good for preventing and getting rid of colds, and luckily for you, I have recently learned the best way to consume it: with honey. Scoop about half a teaspoon of honey onto a spoon. Drop 4 drops of oil of oregano onto the honey. Place the spoon honey-down onto your tongue, lick the honey/oregano mixture off, and swallow. I use Manuka honey, which is extra tasty and potentially antibacterial.
7. Gargle with salt water – this is actually how I usually prevent myself from getting sick. If I wake up with even a tinge of a sore throat, I mix up a little portion of saltwater and gargle at the back of my throat for at least 30 seconds. The saltwater should be a little saltier than tears.
Stay healthy, folks!

– Arlie


I Feel Like A Child (Playing With Crayons)

This method of printing a T-shirt is a bit involved, but it’s also pretty permanent (washable in cold water, hang to dry) and after a couple washes it gets soft (unlike acrylics). Now that I’ve done it once, I’ll definitely be doing it again.


  • Anything you want to print onto – I buy plain T-shirts for $9.99 for 4 in Chinatown
  • Crayons in the colour you want your design to be – in the video I used about 1 crayon’s worth of shavings for the “HOT” on my shirt
  • A cheap pencil sharpener
  • A toothpick
  • Parchment paper
  • Newspaper
  • A craft knife
  • Paper and pen (or more crayons)
  • An iron


  1. Peel the paper off of your crayons and use the pencil sharpener to shave the crayons down to a stub. Use the toothpick to unstick the sharpener when it inevitably gets jammed with wax.
  2. Draw the design or words you want to put on your shirt onto a piece of paper, and cut it out using the craft knife.
  3. Place the garment on a surface, and place a few sheets of newspaper inside it to prevent the wax from melting through to the back.
  4. Place the template on your garment. Sprinkle or arrange a single layer of crayon shavings over the holes in your template.
  5. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the garment, template, and crayon. Heat an iron and iron over the template, just long enough so that the crayon completely melts, just a few seconds. It will look like an utter mess and you’ll despair. But don’t give up.
  6. Leave the parchment paper on the garment for about a minute, until the crayon has cooled a bit. Then remove the parchment paper and template and behold your masterpiece!
  7. Allow the crayon to cool completely before removing the newspaper and trying on your garment.