We have been sick in our house for far too long. A month and a few days to be exact, there are still a few lingering coughs and snotty noses but we’re all feeling much better. First it was dad and the baby. Those two would get better and then get sick over and over again. I tried to keep myself and my oldest feeling well so that we wouldn’t get sick. I tried so hard and even though we did get sick our symptoms were much more mild than anything we witnessed from the other two. I was definitely too proud and my husband told me ‘no comment’ when I told him that I was too proud. I tried to stay positive and just go with the flow but after weeks of sitting around and watching TV, I was getting cabin fever. I know that all I needed to be was just mama and hold my baby when he had a fever and comfort my husband while he was feeling cold and crummy, but it was so hard at times when I just wanted to be alone for a few minutes.
Since I am breastfeeding I have to be cautious with any medicine that take. I have actually stopped taking any medicine since my first pregnancy. Anytime that I have been sick since my first pregnancy, I have turned to natural remedies instead of any over the counter medication. I am a big believer especially since this last round of sickness that came and went through our home. Here are my top 10 remedies, I don’t always do all of these when a cold comes a knocking but I do my best to fight back when the symptom first appear.
Raw garlic is my first go to. I take this if I feel like I might be getting sick, I mince one or two cloves of garlic as small as I can and let it set for a few minutes. After I let it set, I swallow it with water or orange juice (the juice will help with the really strong taste.) The great thing about taking garlic is that it won’t be harmful. I can take this if I think I’m getting sick but it won’t be harmful if I take it just because.
Like garlic, ginger is so powerful and it’s ok to take anytime. I’m learning to like ginger, it’s definitely not my favorite but I’m liking it more and more all the time. I drank a few cups of this ginger yogi tea and I think it was very helpful in keeping my sick symptoms mild.
If anyone is getting sick or if they’ve already gotten sick, I plug in the diffuser and add some essential oils. My favorites for sickness are fighting five and sniffles and sneezes from Eden’s Garden. This company is great because their oils are so affordable and just as potent and high quality as any other more expensive oils out there. Plus you can buy them on Amazon!
Sipping tea ( I like this one for sick days) or hot water with lemon and raw local honey is another must if I feel any sickness coming on. This tea is helpful for sore throats and I’m liking Ginger more and more all of the time.
The air is so dry in the winter (and always in the desert) and having some humidity helps SO much. At times our vaporizer is a little touchy so I will either take a hot shower or let the hot shower run in the bathroom with the door closed to let that steam do its magic.
This stuff works, I think. I don’t know if it’s all in my head or if it really works but while everyone was getting sick, my oldest son and I were diligent in taking this once sometimes twice each day in some juice. I think there is definitely something to it, or maybe it is the combination of everything together.
This stuff is new to me but it works wonders for pink eye. Baby boy had a bad virus the first time he got sick, he had a nasty case of conjunctivitis and this was a great tool to fight it off. I did take it internally a couple of times when I felt the flu coming on but I don’t know too much about it so I only took it a couple of times.
A hearty warm soup with lots of vegetables definitely adds to the healing. I like a simple lentil soup with carrots, celery, onions, and more garlic but honestly, I think any hearty meal with lots of vegetables will do any body good when it comes to cold season.
Sunshine and Vitamin C
Vitamin C and Vitamin D go hand in hand. I do try to get my vitamin C from food sources but I still will take chewable ones if it is my only option. With our Vitamin C we do our best to get some Vitamin D from the sunshine outside, if that’s not possible, there are other options.
If a fever is coming on, we do our best to help it by bundling up and staying warm. A fever has an important purpose so we try not to fight it or get rid of it. A heating pad can be helpful, especially if body aches are an accompanying symptom.
As the sickness fades away I am feeling victorious that I could help my body fight and feeling so glad that my symptoms were so much less than they could have been. These remedies may not be for everyone, and I’m not an expert in any way, I’m just eager to share what worked for us. Most of these items can be bought at local grocery stores, or health food stores. I put the amazon links if any of these items are not near by. I am feeling so grateful to be able to leave the house again. Here’s to a healthy new year!