Hopefully your family will get through the holiday season with nary a sniffle. But in the event you do pick up a cough, a sneeze, a chill and a shake, you’ll want some remedies to keep you and yours comfortable until it all blows over. (Excuse me – I’ve been reading too many children’s Christmas stories of late and my verbiage is running away without my sense of taste following it.)
Sore Throat: Your little one has a scratchy throat and doesn’t want those medicinal cough drops that have been in the bottom of your purse since last season. What do you do? Squeeze 1/2 a lemon in a glass of mineral water (or tap if that’s what you have), add a large spoon of honey, and stir until it dissolves as best as you can. Alternatively, you can prepare some very strong ginger tea, add some honey and lemon juice, and when it’s cool add a little mineral water for some fizz.
Cough: Yes, it’s been proven. A simple spoon of honey is just as effective as your average over-the-counter cough syrup. And it doesn’t contain alcohol, artificial colors and flavors, nasty things that make kids buy and sell it on street corners, a taste that could gag a… well, you get the point. Try it alone or use my homemade cough syrup recipe. Honey. Tastes great, less coughing.
Fever: Too often we parents freak out when we our kids get a fever. But don’t forget, a fever means the body is working hard to fight the virus. High fevers and lasting fevers always warrant a call to the doc (as well as any that make your parenting radar say, “Hey, this just doesn’t feel right”). A little fever is one thing, but to break a fever, you can try ginger tea or a nice garlicky meal. For the brave at heart, a raw clove of garlic nibbled on will conk out that fever faster than you can say “Why do I have the sweats?” It will also chase away vampires and family members.
Stuffy Nose: A few drops of Eucalyptus oil in a humidifier that has a special reservoir for oils can easily clear not only stuffy noses but a congested chest. Or mix a few drops of the oil in about a 1/2 oz. of olive or sweet almond oil for a chest rub. Or go to this cute little online store I know where they (okay, I) sell a handy Breathe Deep roll-on with a delightful blend of essential oils.
In the end, I sincerely hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season without having to endure a cold or flu you got for free with your Christmas shopping. But if you do encounter an untimely virus, these few simple remedies may just make things more bearable.