What brings you comfort when you’re sick? I recently took to facebook to ask my friends what comfort food they like when sick and it was all pretty basic chicken noodle, tomato soup with grilled cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, Jello and of course ginger soda.I think everyone misses mom/grandma taking care of us right? Those were the days. I remember laying around while she cleaned and cooked it just felt comfortable resting while someone was there waiting on you hand and foot. Nothing to stress about.
These days things are different I am grown and it is now my job to take care of sick kids. Lucky for me they are all doing well finally. The thing is I recently had a sore throat that Chloraseptic and ricola just did not quell, so I searched the internet for some homemade relief. Any time anything I am not sure about comes up I google it or I head straight to pintrest. Anyhow I had empathy night at my daughter’s school and I was hoping they would have some empathy for me and let me go home, they didn’t so I googled it and I found two recipes I liked, (there are tons) did I save the link? Of course not! I was busy writing the ingredients down on actual paper so I could keep them. My bad remember I am not feeling well, So if you happen to find it feel free to post the link to share. Here are the ones I tried:
Sore throat relief option A:
2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs. water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Mix all ingredients in a jar and use up to 1/2 Tbs as often as needed. I think it is the cayenne pepper that heats up your throat and numbs it that really helps with this recipe.(this one is my personal favorite)
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. honey
1-2 Tbs. Lemon juice
mug of hot water
mix ingredients and sip for relief making another batch as you need it.
Some other tips I have heard or tried:
When exposed to norovirus take charcoal pills to lessen the chance of getting it yourself. Once you have norovirus yogurt and probiotics are said to help speed recovery.(after the worst has passed)
When it comes to cold and flu extra vitamin c along with zinc and echinacea are said to help boost your immune system to fight of the virus. You may still get sick but maybe it won’t be so bad.
A Tablespoon of honey with a lemon slice pour boiling water over and sip is supposed to help control coughing. I had a teacher who gave us lemon drops to help keep us quiet. It must have worked I can’t see why else she would have offered us candy all the time. I have also heard that a tablespoon of honey helps relieve a sore throat from coughing.
What about vicks vapor rub? I slather it on my kids chest, back and feet cover with socks and that helps with coughing.
Peppermint tea also soothes sore throats and coughs I keep it on hand in the winter.
Above all eat a well balanced diet, STAY HYDRATED and get plenty of rest is the best way to keep your immune system kicking butt. It’s not always possible and we all end up sick eventually. When that happens just try to keep comfortable.I hope some of this helps you feel better if you have any tips or hacks to help let us know. Until next time xo Shanna