It has been a long week here! After a great time at the Mid-Winter Retreat put on by Berean Bible Church, we came home exhausted. The next day Richard woke up with a sore throat. The day after that, I felt ok until about mid-morning then I crashed on the couch with something that felt like the stomach flu without the nausea and stomach pain- fever, aches, and chills. The next day Richie was down with the sore throat and the day after that I got it, too! Lillon got it next and Eden was last. It is still lingering with the kid’s and me. Mine turned into a sinus infection. Richie has an ear infection and bad cough. Lillon and Eden have a milder cough. It feels like the never ending cold! Just when you think it is going away it turns into something else- like the cough or ear infection. 😛 I am craving a good nights sleep! We are pulling out the big guns in my medicine cabinet. There are several things I like to use: Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Honey and Grapefruit Seed Extract. The vitamins are spread out through the day. ACV can be taken with a teaspoon in a cup of water or as a “tea”. To make a good tea for knocking out a cold, boil about 8-12oz water, add to a mug in which you have put 1 clove crushed garlic, 2 teaspoons ACV, and about 1 tablespoon honey. Sip on this for a while and it really seems to help! It really doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds! It is sort of like garlicky lemonade. 😉 Honey can also be use as a cough syrup. It works very well! My children almost always fall back asleep and don’t wake up in a coughing fit again that night. Grapefruit seed extract can be taken in tincture form by putting 5-10 drops in a glass of water. Different brands are different strengths so start out with the lower dose. It is bitter! It can be taken three times a day until the cold or whatever you are trying to get rid of is gone. This is usually about 2-3 days. This is what I use to knock out a sinus infection! For sore throats, my husband likes Traditional Medicinal’s Throat Coat Tea. 🙂
Let me know if you have some natural remedies that work for you when you are sick!