We are currently on our long awaited 24 hour boat trip to Santander- we were hoping for the Sunday ferry but the “greatest storm since 1987″ meant it was cancelled. It is still pretty rocky out here but our homemade acupressure bands, sewn with a pebble and a bra strap, have quelled the sickness from the swell. In an other effort to be thrifty we have bought every scrap of our own food on board. So we are the family eating pot noodles with old lingerie tied around our wrists.
We have all been fighting sickness of an other kind over the last few days- typical winter bugs; coughs, colds and fevers.
I’m no health guru. In fact I’ve only just recently swung from being a Stuff-Face-with-Paracetemol-And-Carry-On kind of poorly person to being fairly certain that our bodies, for the most part, are capable of dealing with sickness and that it all actually helps our bodies get stronger. But I’ve tried really hard to get my head around the natural remedies that can give our bodies that extra bug battling boost. Here are my faves:
Do it like a (French) dude and scoff as much garlic as possible! At the first WHIFF of illness I chuck half a bulb of garlic down my neck – chopping it into tiny bits (do not crush) and swallowing with gallons of water. I have however tried to give some to a poorly Ramona, hidden in a spoon of honey…. She wasn’t having any of it. In fact, the discerning wee mite didn’t touch honey for about a year after!
It is a magical, throat soothing wonder. Ideally, we tend to have a high potency Manuka on hand with all its healing powers but it is pretty expensive so we keep it for sickness. We also have a simple runny honey that we use in lieu of cough mixture, I’m sure it works just as well and taste even better.
Sitting in the stuffy indoors is pretty much akin to licking the handles of a busy bus. As a preventative, spend as much time outdoors as possibly, and as a remedy, spend as much time outdoors as possible! If Ramona is sick I tend to rug her up and take her for long walks in the buggy. It also saves us from the inevitability of watching back to back Charlie and Lolas…
I heard of someone who does shots of lemon juice during sickness. I prefer mine with hot water, grated ginger and honey. It is throat soothing and immune boosting and even the kiddos like it.
I recently invested a whole £1 in a secondhand Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro and this, along with my small Helios First Aid kit, came in handy last week amongst the fevers and colds. I really believe that fevers are nature’s way of getting rid of toxins and getting healthy again, so am a big fan of letting them run their cause whilst making the child as comfortable as possible. Telling you the remedies I used won’t help as the ideal remedy depends entirely on the detail of the symptoms and the temperament of the child.
Oh, yawn! But for real, this is so important. As we increasingly harness medicine to make us feel better this one seems to be going out of the window. Rest should be the absolute fundamental response to sickness. I think this is hardest once we are parents- we somehow need to find the courage to ask family and friends to step in to help out.
What are your home remedies for these winter woes?
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