Let me start by saying I am not a doctor. Do not use this post as a diagnostic tool or a prescription. Also, I was not diagnosed by a doctor. I’m calling it the flu based on my symptoms which were body aches, chills, headache, cough, and runny nose.
I am a big believer in home remedies. When anyone in my family gets sick, I use pretty much any natural remedy in my arsenal to build up his body’s own germ fighting power. While none of these is a cure, they each have immunity boosting properties.
With no further ado and in no particular order, my list of natural remedies:
- Vitamin C
- Essential oils
- Chicken soup
Here’s how I used each of these in the last couple of days.
I added a clove of garlic to my mashed potatoes at dinner. Another way to eat raw garlic without it being too overpowering is to make toast and rub it with a garlic clove until the clove is gone, then spread your preferred buttery spread on top. Here’s an article that explains some of the studies done on garlic. Raw garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
I diffused Thieves essential oil blend by Young Living. (Click to order through my distributor or sign up for a membership) I also diluted a couple of drops of eucalyptus and lavender in a carrier oil and rubbed it on my chest. This one is great to keep in mind just before bedtime and is especially good for kids.
I used a dissolvable, high dosage vitamin C powder. My family likes the raspberry flavored single serving packets by emergenC. To add more vitamin C nutritionally I’ve been snacking on oranges and grapefruits. According to this article in Healthline, studies have disproved the idea that vitamin C can prevent colds, but it does tend to reduce the severity and duration. This is because cells use vitamin C faster when fighting pathogens.
This is what an article from BBC Good Food says about ginger, “As a diaphoretic it encourages perspiration, so it can be used in feverish conditions such as influenza or colds.”
I made tea with fresh ginger root, lemon, and honey. To make your own, cut a 1 1/2 inch section of ginger root into small pieces, slice 1/2 a lemon and put them in a teapot. Pour boiling water over it and let it steep. Wait about 5 minutes and enjoy. To use what is left in the teapot later, fill half your teacup with the cooled tea and top it off with hot water. Add honey to taste.
“In a study that involved 139 children, honey beat out dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and diphenhydramine (an antihistamine) in easing nighttime cough in children and improving their sleep.” WebMD
Also found on WebMD, chicken soup is proven to help when you have a cold! Hooray for the king of folk remedies. Science is finally backing you up. It has always been a must in my kitchen anytime one of us is sick. My little one just informed me this morning that mine is not as good as Nana’s, though.
And my good old hot water bottle probably didn’t boost my immunity, but it sure felt good!