Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!
Last week my husband and I were sick. In fact, last week’s My Week on Wednesday almost didn’t happen; we just sort of sat around feeling miserable taking turns taking care of the kids — who, happily, were untouched by whatever-it-was. (Knock on wood.)
When we’re feeling under the weather, we have a few go-to ways to feel better fast:
Baking Soda & Epsom Salt Bath
We just add about a cup of baking soda, and two cups of Epsom salt to a tub filling with HOT water, as hot as we can stand. And soak for at least 20 minutes. Believe me, this does not make a person feel better… but it works wonderfully in making a person get better. So, in the meantime, we have…
The Irish Cure
Um, yeah. That would be whiskey. And tea. And naps, lots of naps.
Honey & Cinnamon
Just mix 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon into 1 teaspoon of raw honey; local is best. You can eat it off the spoon, or mix it with applesauce or yogurt if the cinnamon “bite” is too much. Have some 2-3 times a day until you feel better.
So, what are some other natural remedies for cold, flu, and general sickness?
Glad you asked. I have collected a ton of natural cold and flu remedies from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.
Please note: Some of these posts contain recipes that use essential oils. Essential oils are awesome and extremely beneficial when use correctly. However, not all essential oils are suitable for all people and some can be dangerous to children, or if used incorrectly. Please use care with essential oils, and double check if you have any questions or concerns.
Also, I am not a medical doctor. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Use common sense, do your own research, and consult an appropriate medical professional, if necessary. Okay?
I’m Sick! Now What?
A Peek Into Our Medicine Cabinet: Fighting Illness with Food from Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS — If you are only going to read one of these posts, make it this one. (But do, please, actually read the rest because I worked really hard on this post!)
8 Herbal Home Remedies for Cold and Flu from Herbal Academy of New England
Top 5 Natural, Homemade Remedies for Colds, Flu, and Their Symptoms from The Farmer’s Lamp
Flu Fighters: Three Healing Ideas from Letters from Sunnybrook — Sometimes, because of other health issues, even natural remedies are not possible for people. If this is true for you, this post may help! 🙂
Best Herbs and Spices for Cold and Flu from Common Sense Homesteading
Why I Don’t Reduce a Fever and What I Do Instead from Wellness Mama — Fevers are your friends. Honest.
Preventing Sickness, Naturally
Stay Healthy! from Provident Home Companion — Some great ways to keep healthy, plus some home remedies of you do get sick
6 Natural Remedies to Prevent Cold and Flu from Lady Lee’s Home
Thump Your Thymus from Yearning & Learning
Antimicrobial Spray for Flu Season from SchneiderPeeps
A Real Hangover and Cold Cure from Little Fall Creek — Just in case, right. 😉
Non-Alcoholic Echinacea Tincture from Lady Lee’s Home
How to use Onions to Fight off Illness from The Easy Homestead
Flu Bomb from Mom Prepares
Shower Disks and Aromatherapy from Simple Life Mom
Kiss, Kiss: A Homeopathic Solution from Homeopathy Works
Cold Kicker: A Tried and True Recipe from Keeper of the Home
Fire Cider: All Natural Cold and Flu Remedy from Savory Lotus
Quick and Simple Elderberry Cold Syrup from Herbal Academy of New England
Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Simple Life Mom
Making Medicinal Elderberry Syrup from Homespun Seasonal Living
How to Make Elderberry Syrup from Homestead Honey
How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup from Montana Homesteader
Homemade Elderberry Syrup from Graceful Little Honey Bee
Immune Boosting Elderberry and Rose Hips Tonic from Delicious Obsessions
Elderberry Calendula Cold and Flu Elixir from Herbal Academy of New England
Healing Tea and Other Drinks
Ginger Tea Recipe from Finding the Story
10 Homemade Herbal Teas for Cold and Flu Season from Herbal Academy of New England
Turmeric for Inflammation: Daily Golden Milk Drink from Homestead and Survival — This post is nice because it includes a link to a video on how to make turmeric paste
South African Hot Toddy from Homemade Mommy — This is one of my favorites. Sometimes I have it when I’m NOT sick… you know, for immune boosting. 😉
8 Immune System Building Drinks from Simple Pure Beauty
Cold & Flu Tea from Fabulous Farm Girl
Natural Remedy for the Common Cold from Montana Homesteader
Pepperup Potion from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)
Homemade Pedialyte from The Easy Homestead — SO much better (and cheaper!) than the store-bought stuff. Plus you can save yourself a trip to the store with a sick little one.
My Throat Hurts: Sore Throat & Cough Remedies
7 Easy Sore Throat Remedies from Common Sense Homesteading
Natural Cold, Flu & Sore Throat Remedy from Bexz Life
Natural Remedies for Strep Throat from Holistic Squid
Herbal Cough Syrup from Pixie’s Pocket
DIY Herbal Honey Cough Drops from My Healthy Green Family
My Nose is Stuffy: Natural Decongestants
Breathe Easier with a Decongesting Herbal Salt Steam from Herbal Academy of New England
Decongestant Rub from The Homesteading Hippy
Miracle Vapor Rub from Fabulous Farm Girl
Vapor Relief Bath Salts from Fabulous Farm Girl
Healing from the Garden
10 Healing Herbs from Homespun Seasonal Living
Must Have, Must Grow Medicinal Herbs from Homestead Lady
Herbal Antibiotics from Commonsense Homesteading
Hardy Medicinal Herbs for Your Homestead from Joybilee Farm
Grandma Knows Best: Healing Soup
Creamy Roasted Garlic and Chicken Soup from Happy Healthnut — TONS of garlic, plus good bone broth and yummy veggies; this is sure to make you feel better!
Ancient Moroccan Soup to Cure Cold or Flu from Lady Lee’s Home
Mama’s Chicken Soup: The Cure for Everything Except Death from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)
Even More Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu
30 Homemade, Natural Cold & Flu Remedies from Girl Meets Nourishment
40 + Home Remedies for Colds and Flu from Nourishing Herbalist
You may have noticed that many of these links came from the Herbal Academy of New England. That is because they are awesome. If you are interested in taking your interest in herbs to the next level, I suggest looking into their classes and programs.
Quote of the Week
Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week. Be sure to “like” my page so you don’t miss any, and so you can make your favorites known!
This week’s quote was very popular! Not that I’m surprised… the sentiment certainly resonates with me!
Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!
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