Is everyone I know sick? Is this whole darn country sick? The CDC declared the flu this year at epidemic status. I battled two different bouts of yuck for the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and am still not completely “well”. I just heard from yet another friend – this one who’s daughter has walking pneumonia. Another friend is still battling the cold/flu that seems to have taken over more sets of sinuses than I can count. And third mentioned that she’s not feeling unwell, but just can’t get rid of this crud that keeps draining down her throat. It seems like most everyone I know is sick right now.
So, to help out the whole country and maybe even the whole world (what can I say? I have lofty goals), I’m going to revisit some of my favorite cold/flu remedies that I’ve shared on here before, but this time all in one post.
NYQUIL SCHMYQUIL – I’LL MAKE MY OWN DRUGS, THANK YOU.
Whey you just want to get a good night’s sleep (or afternoon. Or morning) and you’re sick, sometimes some outside intervention is necessary. And while I’ll break down and occasionally use the over the counter meds, I’d prefer to know exactly what I’m chugging down my throat and a homemade remedy allows for that. This homemade KniQuill is definitely a favorite, as it knocks you on your butt, has a high alcohol content, so it kicks bacteria’s butt and tastes good. And with the Absinthe, who knows, maybe you’ll have some great hallucinations. Dreams. I meant dreams.
YOU WANT TO BUTTER MY WHAT?
Sometimes you just want your throat to feel a little better. And a nice, warm, soothing drink can help. It also may not hurt if there’s a little of the “recipe” (as the sisters on The Waltons used to say) in it. This little Hot Buttered Rum number was introduced to me by Cool Neighbor Matt (the same guy that brought us the Homemade Lobster Roll Recipe and the Corn Chowder Recipe) when we were with he and his wife Sandra in the mountains. And I can personally attest to it’s healing properties. Or maybe it’s just after you have a couple of these, you no longer care if you’re sick. It could be that.
A MORE HOLISTIC ROUTE
If you’re still recovering from a rough New Year’s Eve and aren’t quite ready to jump back into the “spirits” world here are a couple of tried and true (meaning I’ve tried them and they’re true) recipes that I used when I was sick.
First, we always take Elderberry Syrup at the sign of anything yucky (cold and flu alike). We keep some in the fridge all year round because it has the ability to help your body stave off whatever virus is attacking it. And, bonus, it tastes good too (remember the dark purple pancake syrup at Perkins you used to love. Yup. Eldberry). You can buy it online or at your local health food store or you can make your own.
If your throat is scratchy and/or you have a bit of a cough, these all natural homemade lemon ginger cough drops are the bomb! I made them when I was sick and they were awesome. There are only a few ingredients in them (a good thing), all of which you can pronounce (another good thing), they’re great for kids to take (yet another good thing – if you have kids, that is) and there’s no crazy chemicals in them (a super good thing). And they taste really good (always a good thing). Plus their quick and easy. Which is just what you want when you’re feeling crummy. I don’t think it really gets any better than that.
You can also go no further than your spice rack to find relief. It’s been long known by many ancient cultures that turmeric has numerous healing properties. It’s been long known for helping you to rest, for battling colds, sore throats, sinus issues, headaches and depression. And it also has antioxidant properties. It’s like a super food. Or a super drug. Just a natural one. Which again, I think it a real win. One of the easiest ways to consume it (other than in basic recipes) is in a yummy drink made with coconut milk and honey (also good for you). Some folks drink this once a day all during the cold season, just to keep their immune system up and fending off yucky stuff.
AN APPLE A DAY
This last one was a god-send when I was sick last month. It was only after I started to take this, that I again felt human. And I could breathe. The recipe can be a bit off-putting at first (I wouldn’t automatically think to drink apple cider vinegar) but it actually tastes pretty good. There’s something about the unfiltered apple cider vinegar (make sure you get Bragg’s brand of apple cider vinegar) combined with the lemon, cayenne and honey that has magical properties. It’s only four short ingredients and the cayenne warms you up (I literally felt warmer several minutes after drinking it and I attribute my fever breaking to this stuff). And unlike some of the other remedies, you don’t have to consume much for it to work.
CHICKENS – THE GREAT HEALERS
Last but not least, don’t forget the chicken noodle soup. Believe it or not, the cooked chicken broth has enzymes in it that help battle a cold. So what your grandma said was true. You should eat chicken soup when you’re sick. A homemade version is best. Just go to Pinterest or Google and type in “homemade chicken noodle soup” – you’ll get a zillion choices, many of which can be made in a crock pot so you can just turn it on and leave it alone.
Ok, folks. Get going so you can get better over the weekend. The New Year is here and we have a whole world to change (told you I had lofty goals). Fell better. And you’re welcome.