This year I have seen my share of germs and viruses attack our house, the majority of which are courtesy of my 5-year-old and her adventures at school. So with all these colds and flu viruses flying around all over the place, I have gathered quite a list of great home remedies that help pull my family through the sick patches. Here are some of the best that I have found, and I want to share them with you!
Homemade Cough Syrup
Take a red onion; cut into quarter inch slices and restack with a dollop of raw local honey in between each layer. (The local honey will also help prevent allergies in springtime.) Allow to sit overnight. In the morning you will have a syrup that not only helps get rid of the tickle in your throat but also helps you rest easy about not adding chemicals and medications into your system that you don’t need.
Cloves of garlic have been used for YEARS to help alleviate cold and flu systems. Garlic is naturally antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial. Simply cut 2-3 cloves of garlic, place into boiling water, and allow to steep for 10 minutes. For added taste use lemon juice, raw honey or ginger. Ginger is also a great way to naturally help soothe tummy aches and digestive issues.
Onion Juice Earache Relief
One of the most effective remedies I have found for an earache is onions. Take an onion and bake for about 15 minutes at 425° F (be sure to leave the skin on the onion, as it helps keep the juices inside while cooking.) Let the onion sit until cool enough to touch then crush it in a bowl to extract the juice. Using an eyedropper, place the warm juice in the ear. This will usually help relieve the pain within a few minutes.
Warm Salt Water
Add a generous amount of salt to lukewarm water and mix well. Gargle with the lukewarm salt-water mixture to help soothe your sore throat and promote healing.
Hot Washcloths/Ice Packs
If you have sinus congestion, a great solution is to apply either hot or cold around the congested sinuses. Take a damp washcloth and heat it for about 50 seconds in the microwave (be sure to test it first too make sure it is not to hot). For a cold pack, you can use frozen vegetables/fruits or place a damp washcloth in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes. Chose hot or cold, whichever feels more comfortable.
Water, Water, Water
Drink it, steam it, and soak in it! Keeping the fluids in is the best way to flush out toxins when you are sick. A comfortable way to help clean out your head is to run a hot shower, since the steam will help moisten the air around you, especially good for dry coughs. Lastly, when you are feeling body aches or muscle pain from the flu, try a nice hot bath to soothe aches and pains. Try throwing in some oils like tea tree or eucalyptus, to help speed up the healing process.
Sometimes the thing that best helps beat the flu is time and rest. Allow your body time to rejuvenate and bring itself back to its usual healthy, energetic state.
Stay healthy this germy season!
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, just a mom, so be sure to check with your healthcare provider before using any of these remedies.