Thank you so much for all the get well wishes. I am feeling much better today. I have a really long history of getting a nagging cough after a cold, but I didn’t cough once last night and very little today. Amazing!
I thought I’d share some of my favorite natural remedies with you.
1. Lots of rest and water (avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar).
2. Tea: My favorite tea to drink when I’m coughing or have a sore throat is ginger, lemon and honey with a pinch of cayenne pepper. I also like to drink echinacea teas by Yogi or Traditional medicine. Garlic tea with a bit of lemon and honey is really good too.
3. ACV tonic: I think raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is the greatest thing ever. We gargle it straight for sore throats, and the sore throat is gone. I like to mix 1 tbsp ACV, lemon juice from half a lemon and a spoon of honey. Add warm or cold water and sip. This helps me when I feel a cough attack coming on. It tastes like an expensive Kombucha drink that you buy at the store. My boys will even drink it.
4. Garlic broth: This is Dr. Weil’s recipe. I make it often every winter. It’s a great base for any soup. 6 cups vegetable broth, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 large head of garlic, peeled and slightly crushed, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp ground sage (optional), 1/2 tsp ground thyme(optional), salt to taste. Simmer everything together for 30 minutes then remove garlic pieces and bay leaf. Add any other ingredients you like.
5. Elderberry Syrup: I made some last year, and just got my berries for this year’s supply. It is a must have in my house. Everyone loves it. It is soothing to the throat and super tasty.
6. Echinacea tincture: I am a firm believer in echinacea. I am making a tincture now. You can learn how to make your own here. I also add the dried root to my elderberry syrup when it is simmering.
7. Neti Pot: Using one can be incredibly effective for flushing out the nasal cavity and bringing loads of relief to headaches, facial pain, and clogged nasal passages.
8. Eucalyptus steam and chest rub: Eucalyptus is an anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti fungal compound. I make a chest rub with 1/2 cup almond or olive oil, 1 heaping tbsp beeswax beads, 20 drops of eucalyptus and 10 drops of peppermint. Melt it all together and then pour it into a jar and allow to cool. It it divine and the kids love the smell of it, along with a good therapeutic rub on their back and chest…and don’t forget the soles of your feet!
9. ZAND Herbal Lozenges. Elderberry Zinc and Insure Herbal are my favorite. They are made with brown rice syrup and are very soothing for a dry, scratchy throat.
10. Lots of get well wishes from friends. (thank you, they helped a lot!)