Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thrifty Thursdays: Fighting With Your Pantry

The common cold. The Flu. You would thing that with all the advances in medicine, they would have a cure! Instead, we all get them, and all have to wait them out. Sometimes what starts as a runny stuffed up nose becomes a stubborn cough, and fever, chills, cogestion, head aches. Oh the pain! What then? If you go to the doctor, it is probably a virus. Just get some rest, right?
Well, there are some home remedies that can alleviate your symptoms and help speed up your recovery.   Most are things you already have, so why not use them? Turns out, the remedies our moms and grandmothers used have some merit, and they are cheaper than store bought!

Honey can soothe throats and calm coughs. Studies are now even backing up the benefits of this age old natural treatment! Ancient Egypt knew this. Honey was used to treat a number of conditions, insect bites, wounds, and other illness. In recent studies, parents are finding the children treated with honey slept better and had their cold symptoms lessened. When you are faced with a small child coughing all night, this can be the difference between sleep, and no sleep! 

***Due to the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning, never give honey to a child younger than age 1.

Chicken Soup
Yes, old faithful chicken soup is the best thing! Not only is it a comfort food, but it works as an expectorant, and is filled with other nutrients to help keep us well such as our next remedy....

Garlic is a natural antibiotic, and anti-fungal , making it perfect for any thing that is making you ill. It is easy to put in any food. I even know of people who eat it whole as part of their health routine.

Not only can the foods around your house help, but some extras can speed your recovery, or keep those bugs from taking you down in the first place!

Vitamin D
Most people don't realize that Vitamin D is an immune system regulator. Taken regularly it can help your body fight! Moms will remember the lecture about our babies getting Vitamin D while nursing, but it is important that we all get enough. The further North you live, the less sunshine we get.Vitamin D is absorbed by exposure to sunlight. This means us Northerners are deprived in the Winter months, so the summer is just not enough to build up in our bodies. That is why it is fortified in dairy products. Vitamin D is also found in mushrooms, whole eggs, beef liver,and fatty fish species.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. We all remember being pumped with orange juice when we were sick. Well, it helps! 

I have nursed my handful through many viruses and flu bugs. We rarely seek medical attention because I have learned these, and other tricks to keep us healthy. Please remember, this is tricks form my stash, and is not meant to replace medical attention. I know my handful. I know when they need more than I can give, and you need to trust your gut with your own health, and that of your loved ones.


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