It is almost May, and I thought I had made it safely through the flu season. But as soon as I run out of hand sanitizer in my classroom it happened. I
woke up with a sore throat…. the next morning my voice was gone.
Are you in the same boat? Growing a baby is hard work. The first trimester fatigue is more intense then being hungover and sick combined! If you add a cold or flu to the mix, let’s face it you’re full on miserable. If you are just a little bit like me you try to avoid anything that could have the tiniest potential to harm your little belly inhabitant. Thankfully, mother nature can help us out. Here is how.
Ginger doesn’t only work miracles against morning sickness, but also helps your sore throat. There are several ways you can use it. Ginger is thankfully, and unexpectedly chewable. A dried candied version is available in most health food stores or even easier…on Uncle Amazon. Chewing on it a couple of times a day will help fight your cold. Ginger is naturally antiviral, so it will fight of these nasty bugs in your throat. As a bonus it will help to boost your immune system with its anti – inflammatory properties.
There is nothing that helps a sore throat like a hot tea. So why not combine ginger & hot water. To have a quick versions available you can purchase ginger tea. If you like to cook with ginger you might have some in your fridge.
Cut an about thumb thick piece off your ginger root, cut it into peaces. Add boiling water…let it stand for about 10 Minutes. While you are waiting (in between possible retching) you squeeze out a lemon and mix it with honey. (Preferably local honey).. after 10 minutes you combine the two liquids. The lemon will give you extra vitamin C to fight of your cold. The honey sweetens and helps to ease your sore throat. You can drink several of these a day.
Homemade onion cough syrup
You are standing in you kitchen and you are crying, not because your kids don’t listen to you even after asking them for the third time to wash their hands and help to get ready for dinner. But because you are cutting onions. These essential oils that make you cry will now help you to get rid of your cough. Onions have the ability to loosen your cough and fight bacteria at the same time. To make your own cough syrup you will need:
- 1 midsize onion
- 3 table spoons of honey (you can also use sugar)
simply poor the honey over the cut oninon and let the mixture sit in a covered dish over night. (I would use glass or porcelain not plastic) The next morning you give everything through a strainer and collect the syrup. Take a t-spoon of the syrup 3-5 times a day.
Inhale with hot water & chamomile
The little flower that looks like the sun can help you out in many ways. Against a stuffy nose, cough or a sinus infection you can take a handful of flowers, or 2-3 bags of tea to prepare a steam inhalation. Chamomile has been used by the ancient Egypt’s for its healing properties to fight all kinds of infections. To use steam inhalation you need
- a big pot
- a bath towel
- 2-3 chamomile tea bags, or a hand full of dried chamomile
Fill your big pot about 1/3rd full of water. Bring the water to boil and add the chamomile. Just like making a tea. Put the pot on a secure spot on your table and make sure there are no children around that could be burned by the water. Now you cover your head with the big towel and put your head over the pot. Inhale through your nose and take deep breaths. You can continue for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards you should rest for 20 minutes, because the hot steam can make you dizzy.
Salt water against a sore throat
Viruses hat salt. So put a tea spoon of salt into a cub of warm water. Mix it well and gargle with it 5 to 6 times a day. The salt doesn’t only fight the viruses but also let your throat swell down. Don’t drink the salt water!