The flu.a nasty cold. that crazy bug.
Tis' the season... for the flu, a nasty cold, and that crazy bug that everyone(...even the flu vaccine recievers) ended up getting! Yes this Bug hit 2/5 in my house. 2/5 in my house, how did this happen? How come it didn't become an epideic and take out everyone for days, like it did me?! My daughter Ava, 8 yrs old, started not feeling so good on the last Friday during Christmas Vacation. Which ironically enough there was supposed to be school, but New England got plummeted with snow that day. By Saturday, Ava and I were sick as a dogs. We were in bed all day Saturday & Sunday, fevers, chills, and she (the poor thing) was throwing up...just so SICK. I kicked this crazyness by Tuesday, but poor Ava had this cough that would not go A.W.A.Y. When it comes to my children, I (probably like you) always try to think, research, and figure out the best way to handle these "mommy" situations and figure out what is most beneficial for them. Whether it is potty training, disciplinging, or (like this blog ) cold remedies (I read pros & cons of a lot of different things,and do what I think is right for that particular child). Althoug, It is a little bit difficult with a cold, I know, for us as parents we want the quickest way, so we don't have to see them sick any longer (worse feeling ever). Bottom line after days of medicine (that clearly wasn't working). I needed to figure out another method. Sometimes medication is invalid. I am not by any means a medical professional, and the only thing I am really resourceful in is, my kids and how to make the perfect dirty martini, I am talking Perfection!
In my opinion: I think when talking about health & wellness topics, that they are very similar to talking about politics & religion. AKA not always a super good idea...simply for the fact that everyone has a different opinion on how to handle being sick, shots ( ...and no I am not talking tequila), and the flu. Most people's first reaction when they start feeling a little "ickie" is to run to the pharmacy to get some over the counter "bandaid" to temporarally make them feel better. But this blog post is about maybe doing the "not feeling so hot" thing a little differently. I mean I am all for getting antibiotics when needed or an epidural when delivering a baby. But sometimes your body should fight off these cold viruses with a little homemade remedey from your kitchen. These past few colds that my children have come across I have used Peanut butter & honey and Honey & cinnamon. Like that, the cough subsided. So here is some tips, tricks, and benefits of items that most of us lovely ladies have in our kitchen that can be beneficial to you and/ or your loved ones without going to the pharmacy. Make the kitchen your first stop before the pharmacy.
Homemade Cough Remedy
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2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg's, if available)
2 tablespoons honey (locally produced raw honey is best, if available)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
For little kids, you can use straight Honey.
Honey and Cinnamon:is a great Cold Remedy for older children & adults.
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix. Take this amount every few hours as soon as you feel a cold or other illness coming on. After initially trying it with only one ‘dose’ and seeing the immediate effects, I now mix up a small bowl full of honey and cinnamon and spoon it into hot drinks or dip fruit into it all day long. I find that with young children it’s easy to just treat the whole family with this simple yummy remedy upon the first sign of a sniffle from anyone.
sore throat remedy:
garlic honey home remedyingredients:
*3 heads of garlic, peeled and separated into cloves (about 24 cloves)
*raw honey to fill your glass jar of choice (raw honey is more nutritious than store-bought honey), but either or.
1. Fill jar with garlic cloves and then pour the honey over the garlic. Allow mixture to infuse for several days before using, then store in the refrigerator where it will keep for a year or more.
2. At the first sign of illness, start eating a clove every hour or two. Aim for about 6 cloves per day. The honey can be taken on its own by the spoonful as a cough syrup. You could also mix a teaspoon of the honey with some raw apple cider vinegar and hot water and drink this as a tonic when you're sick; feel free to add a dash of cayenne pepper, too- this is excellent for your sinuses.
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Probiotics: There are one trillion organisms that inhabit your body with many of those found in your gut. Good bacteria actually help your immune system fend off bad bacteria and reduce inflammation. Food sources of probiotics include live cultures like kim chi and sauerkraut.
Hydrotherapy: By ending your warm showers with a cold rinse helps move lymph throughout the body to move immune cells efficiently.
Too late. You’ve got the cold. Now what to do? When you first observe symptoms of a cold or flu, it is important to address them early within the first 24 hours. If you let it linger, you allow more time for the bacteria or virus to replicate.
Avoid dairy, alcohol, and sugarDairy creates more mucus in your system, which only aggravates the situation. Alcohol weakens the immune system’s ability to fight off offenders. Sugar serves as food for bacteria and helps pathogens replicate.
Salt water gargles for sore throatsFor a sore throat, you can add salt to a glass of water. Gargle the salt water in the back of your throat. The salt water serves as an anti-septic and kills bacteria on the surface of your throat.
Homemade cough syrupTake half an onion and place it in a jar. Cover the onion with honey and let it combo sit for 6 hours. After 6 hours, you can use take a tablespoon three times a day. It sounds gross, but sounds worse than it actually it. Plus, it works magically!
Steam inhalation for congestionFind eucalyptus nearby or use the essential oil and add it to a steaming pot of water. Cover your head over the steaming water with a large towel and inhale the steam. The eucalyptus has anti-microbial and drying properties to help you breath better. My mom would always convince me to do this by telling me I was getting a facial.
Epsom salt baths for body achesEpsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate, which relaxes muscles. It can be used for any kinds of body aches even exercise induced. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm water bathtub, soak, and relax.
Warming sock treatment for high fevers and immune stimulation is a fever is a natural mechanism for your body to kill germs as they cannot survive in higher temperatures, so don’t be so quick to pop a Tylenol. Watch it to ensure it doesn’t go over 102 degrees Fahrenheit.Take a pair of cotton socks and run them through cool water. Wring them out and put them on your feet. Cover your feet with the cool socks with dry wool socks and jump into bed. When you wake up, the cotton socks should be dry and you should feel better. This treatment stimulates lymph movement to move immune cells throughout your body.- See more at: http://www.eatlifewhole.com/2012/10/6-natural-sol...
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