It all started last Tuesday at work… a little tickle in my throat, then a few coughs, tightness in my chest. By the time I was heading home, I was coughing like crazy, had a fever, and was so tired I was afraid I wasn’t going to make the 15 minute drive home. I went straight to the couch to lie down, covered up, and I was out for the night.
Long story short, our family of 6 was hit hard and fast by the dreaded flu bug. We’re still fighting our way back from it, but for the most part we’re all on the mend. The funny thing about this time around is how differently we handled it than the last time we were struck. Normally we would down cough medicine and pain meds/fever reducers, and go to the doctor right away.
This time we filled the plug in warmer with Himalayan salts mixed with eucalyptus oil, put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the bottoms of our feet, and drank tinctures of local honey and cinnamon. Instead of taking a fever reducer at the first chill of a fever, we let it run it’s course to fight the baddies out of our bodies. Where did we learn to do these things? Some I remembered from growing up, some are things I’ve learned from this awesome blog, and some from my hugely embarrassing Pinterest addiction.
While I’ve still shied away from some of the “serious” cold/flu remedies on Pinterest (containing onions and cayenne pepper, etc), my mom brought an interesting one to my attention… the onion.
Simply cut an onion in half, and put it under or beside your bed to relieve coughing and congestion for a better night’s sleep. I’m just going to say it… I thought she was nuts! I decided to try it anyway, and it worked! My coughing was greatly reduced, and I actually slept (until 4 coughing kids woke me up at various intervals through the night)!
While I realize this isn’t much of a holiday post, I thought it was still relevant as I seem to get sick around the holidays every year. I’m guessing a lot of others have the same problem due to the stress and business of the season.
Hopefully this is it for us, and we’ll continue to improve as the next couple of weeks fly by. I’m looking forward to some time off to relax and spend time with family and friends.
Do you have any “not so normal” cold or flu remedies you’d like to share? I would love more ideas to add to my list!
*PLEASE remember that onions can be EXTREMELY toxic to dogs (not sure about other pets as I’m pretty much just a dog person!) so make sure you leave your onion out of your canine companion’s reach!