Friday, October 22, 2010

May I please use one sick day?

My twins have had a nasty couch for 3 days now. Been giving them lots of tea with honey and their daily dose of apple cider vinegar with honey. I think being around them so much while they are sick has exposed me to their germs. Usually I scoot on by without getting sick but this time I wasn't so lucky. The last few years I have only been sick maybe once a year. I attribute this to the way we eat and live a healthy life style.

Recently I found this wonderful book off Amazon. Luckily I was able to snag an 3rd edition for only $1. What a deal! The books called Herbally Yours by Penny C.Royal. It's about a woman named Penny who had poor health from her childhood till adulthood. She tried everything the doctors told her and was about to give up. Till one day she turned to herbs. Herbally Yours is the first comprehensive herbal handbook. Its an easy to use, alphabetized guide to use the herbs and is easy enough for the everyday person to use. Alphabetized herbs or ailments.  From diet, cleansing, pregnancy, nursing and even babies , its all here.

So today I woke up pretty sick. No fever but I feel pretty yucky. Stuffy nose, body aching and i'm starting to get a bit of a cough. Here is a cough recipe from this book that I will be trying out today.

1/4 tsp each of Cayenne and Ginger
1 tbsp of Honey
1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp of hot water
Mix juice from 1/2 lemon with 2 tbsp of honey. Take this every 15 minutes.
Licorice Root Tea or Tincture of Lobelia can be taken.
Tincture is an extraction of herbs in vinegar or alcohol. Apple Cider Vinegar is all the right for most herbal tinctures. IF the herb is oily or sticky, Everclear Brand 190 Proof can be used successfully. ( which I find amusing lol)

I need to pick up some ginger as soon as I feel like getting dressed. That may or may not happen because i'm feeling pretty lazy right now.  But until then I will stick to my usual.

Lots of home grown hot tea with honey
2tbsp of apple cider vinegar
Homemade chicken soup
Lots and lots of sleep

Anyone have any homemade concoctions they use? Have a favorite herb when your sick? Any crazy recipes for cough syrup?


Lynda said...

Elderberry syrup. Honey, lemon and jasimine tea. Sleep...lots of sleep.

Surviving and thriving on pennies said...

Elderberry check! Honey check! Lemon check! Jasmine Tea.....note to self to get that. And don't worry about me getting sleep. I love sleeping! Yes I am one of those who can sleep in till noon. I love my sleep!