This morning before dawns light I woke up with little. We are both a little under the weather. we came into the living room and bundled her up on the couch in front of the fire to keep her nice and tosty. I started some tea for me and turned on my “stove top humidifier.” I checked on her and then then went to the bathroom to gargle. these are just a few of the ways I take care of my family in cold and flu season. As Moms and Witches we all have a few things in our medicine cabinets both literally and figuratively. I would like to share mine with you today
lets start with obligatory leagal verbiage. I am not a doctor. As you know from the last several months in my family I certainly am happy to have modern medicine as an option. I also have a lot of faith in traditional or “alternative” medicine. I use both in my life and if you are very sick of course go see a doctor. You can even ask your doctor what home remedies she or he knows about and uses. If your pregnant make sure the Teas or herbs you are using are safe for you. check with your Doctor or Midwife if you have concerns.
That said lets talk about what I keep on hand to keep my family feeling well. First and foremost stay warm and eat good food. Healthy food is a must for keeping your body healthy. Healthy food can also be different for different people. You need to know what makes your body feel good and happy and what makes it have to work harder to deal with. A few examples; whole wheat is a great option for a lot of people, however I have a gluten intolerance and it would make me sick. Dairy is another example. For many people organic yogurt is a wonderful healthy snack for other dairy is not something they process well. If you eat meat Chicken soup a wonderful choice. If you don’t eat meet try a veggie soup and make sure in both cases it has loads of onion and garlic.I If your having tummy troubles add rice to your soup. We also love Hot and Sour soup. No and I mean NO sugar. If you start to get sick often times you start craving sugar. This is to cold talking. Sugar can often supress your immune system. If you have any mucus cut all Dairy out. It will help dry you up.
for a headache: peppermint tea and a hot shower.
For a sore throat: a spoonful of honey( Honey should be actual honey and local). gargle with warm water sea salt and cayenne pepper. hot tea, hot lemonade.
Runny nose or stuffed nose: netie pot! they are wonderful use a saline solution to clean out your nasal passages. Most health food stores have netie pots and depending on the size it will tell you how much salt to add to warm water.
for a cough: spoonful of honey. Thinly slice a red onion and layer it with brown sugar in a bowl. put in fridge over night. In the morning pour off the liquid and use as a cough syrup.
upset tummy: mint or peppermint tea. or if you have fresh mint you can chew on some of it. If it is stomach flu or food poising a shot of apple cider vinegar will do the trick. It needs to be followed by some probiotics though because it will kill all bugs good and bad flora in the stomach
respiratory: a humidifier is great for that. If you don’t have one take a glass pot and boil water on the stove. I keep my small burner on medium and put different herbs and spices in the water. I like eucalyptus a lot. Right now I have orange peels in there just for the smell.
general ickyness: 1 teaspoon of four thieves vinegar twice a day in water or followed with water. spicy food, a hot bath. as hot as you can stand it. it will sweat the badness out. If you are pregnant no hot bath. I also made four thieves oil and I will often pour some on my hands and rub in. keeps the hands lovely and soft and is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. I use it kind of as a preventive.
of course sleep, rest and water are key to flushing out what ever bug you have and for keeping your body strong and healthy to fight it off. when you are healthy I strongly recommend that you do an elimination diet. I used the one from savingdinner.com its called the 28 day break free plan. It is very helpful to know what your body doesn’t like. Even if you choose to still eat those foods in your normal life you can know to give them up when you feel a cold coming on. I hope this is helpful and I hope you stay happy and healthy all year long.