Wheezing, coughing, hacking, sneezing… these are all sounds of the winter season. And like it or not, it’s all around you – grocery stores, malls, even in your own home. If you’ve handled money, touched any part of a public restroom or grabbed a grocery cart, you have more than likely been exposed to something. And if you have recently been in the presence of the all-encompassing species that is the walking germ (a.k.a children) and have still managed to avoid a sickness… run, don’t walk. Run for your life!!
The truth of the matter is, it’s cold and flu season, and most of us will do whatever it takes to keep us and our families healthy and happy. Many of you may swear by those annual flu shots, but…. Well, I’m not one of those people (and, believe it or not, I’ve never had the flu – knock on wood). It’s folks like me who turn to those faithful home remedies made up of items usually shoved somewhere in the deep, dark corners of our pantries.
That’s right; most of us probably already have many of the ingredients to these cold and flu remedies. Here at the Centerville Public Library, we have several books specifically for people like me who shun the OTC and prescription drugs as often as possible. These books include treatments that include:
- Leg compresses to reduce fever
- Infrared lamps to help clear sinuses
- Chocolate for a scratchy throat (I just love home remedies!)
- Spicy condiments (e.g. cinnamon and ginger) to help break a fever
- Cloves of garlic to act as a natural antibiotic (if you don’t mind your kids smelling like an Italian restaurant, place minced garlic in their socks – it will absorb through their skin throughout the day)
- Vitamins E & C, and Zinc to help boost the immune system
*Chicken soup is in a category of its own. Studies have shown that it does actually have healing powers. Plus it doesn’t hurt that it is often made by someone who truly loves and cares about you.
When all else fails, try a shot of whiskey (just a shot!) with lemon juice and honey. Also, if you want to simply forget about your sickness, just drink some Captain Morgan and Nyquil. I have a friend who says this really works… I guess you’ll just stay asleep till your well…
For these and other simple remedies, you’ll want to check out Food Cures: Breakthrough Nutritional Prescriptions and Natural remedies for Healthy Living. If you’re more of an herb expert, try The Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing and Herbs Demystified for a list of beneficial herbs and how they work.
Feel free to share your favorite home remedy with us in the comment section below.