Christmas morning, we have sourdough cinnamon rolls or sticky buns. I make them the night before and allow them to rise overnight in the fridge. I also make these two drinks and stash them in Mason jars in the fridge. Christmas morning, when everyone gets up, I pop the cinnamon rolls in the oven and pour the hot chocolate into a pan and put it on the stove on low. By the time we’re done opening gifts, breakfast is ready to eat. I really prefer it this way because it doesn’t require time in the kitchen to get a memorable breakfast made, knowing I’ll spend the afternoon in the kitchen cooking our big meal to eat around 1pm. The kids feel like they’ve gotten a special treat but it didn’t put me behind and make lunch late and we got to eat breakfast instead of a hurried brunch so the big meal could be served in time.
While searching online for herb remedies, I saw sage as a runny nose remedy on many web sites in every form from tinctures to elixirs to teas. I tried it last night, and it worked well. TOO well. I took about one teaspoon crushed sage mixed into a little raw honey. It dried my sinuses out until they ached and I couldn’t breathe out of my nose on one side! I considered it to be a good trade considering what I had been experiencing and using a neti pot helped considerably with the discomfort. It fixed my runny nose for several hours, well into the night. It also stopped the coughing from post-nasal drip which in turn helped my sore throat, which was a huge blessing.
This morning, I gave each of the kids a pinch and I took two pinches mixed into a tiny amount of raw honey. Neither of the kids complained about taking it like that. I suspected they’d object to the tea, so this was a great solution. It is working extremely well, with no dryness or discomfort. I imagine if your runny nose was severe, you’d need a higher dose. Most websites recommended dosing it two to three times a day. I will experiment today with how often I need to dose me and the kids to be effective without drying us out. I am especially anxious to see how well it works to stop post-nasal drip that causes my kids to cough at night. I’ve been getting up twice a night to give them Ivy Calm for multiple nights now, and if this works I will switch to this instead as it is much cheaper.
Last year before Thanksgiving, I had ordered a one-pound bag of rubbed sage from Frontier, not realizing that it would be cups and cups of sage! So now I am glad to have one more use for this herb. I’ve been using sage tincture as an ingredient in mouthwash, and I believe now that I will make an elixir of it, too.
WARNING: Sage is a drying herb. If you are nursing, it will reduce or stop your milk supply. I would avoid it entirely while nursing, especially if your supply is borderline. It is also listed as a uterine stimulant and an herb to be avoided during pregnancy. However, I have seen no warning to avoid a culinary dose of this herb during pregnancy, so please do your own homework before considering this remedy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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I wanted to pop in with yet another cold remedy. A few days ago I could feel a cold coming on & by chance, I stumbled across a recipe for cinnamon honey. It is so tasty (like candy). I have to warn you, the concoction is very gritty, and it’s so thick, you need a chug of water to help get it down. You can also mix it in a small glass of water & drink it that way. I’ve just been in such a rush to get things done that I’ve been eating it off the spoon, followed by water.
Cinnamon Honey [Read more…] about Tis the season for cold & flu
Early last week, I came down with a head cold. When I became ill, we assumed it was the flu as I had been exposed to someone with the flu a few days before, so I treated it the wrong way. By the time we realized it was just a cold, it was too late to get my normal measures to work as most natural remedies work best if you use them at the onset of an illness. The miserable portion of the cold was over fairly quickly, but the cough hung on. And on. And on. Now, ten days later, I’m finally up the upswing but I’m still coughing and my stomach muscles are shot. I’m not prone to lung problems, so this really caught me off guard.
Generally speaking, I do not wish to suppress a wet, productive cough because getting the mucus out of your body is the quickest way to heal. So I focus on ways to break up and remove the mucus, and only stop the coughing at night so I can rest. For dry, non-productive coughs or coughs caused by a tickle in the throat, coating the throat can bring relief.
The first way to deal with a productive cough is to lay over a balance ball or on a slant board, head down. That allows gravity to drain the mucus out of your lungs and get it out quicker. If you are dealing with someone elderly, infirm or a child, you might want to consider very gentle percussive therapy, which achieves the same results. The more you drain your lungs, the less likely you are to develop bronchitis and the quicker you will heal. Spending 15 minutes in this position would greatly cut down on the coughing for a few hours. I do this three or four times a day and always before bed, as it would allow me to fall asleep easier.
The second help has been slippery elm lozenges. I simply mix slippery elm bark powder with a little raw honey. Add more powder until the honey can’t hold any more, then roll it into lozenge-size balls and store them in the fridge. The slippery elm coats your throat and stops the tickles. If you use honey infused with an herb like ginger, so much the better. I use these when someone calls or I otherwise want to try to prevent coughs for a few minutes while I’m interacting with other people.
Finally, when I must sleep at night, Ivy leaf extract has been wonderful to stop the cough. Bronchial Soothe syrup for the kids and pills for me will stop the coughing for 4 hours. The only downside to this is that it only lasts four hours. So you will wake up coughing in the night and have to take another dose, or get up and dose the kids. However, this is the only natural cough syrup that I have tried that has consistently worked, and worked well for both me and the kids. You can grow your own ground ivy and make tinctures or syrups, if you desire.
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How do you deal with winter coughs?
I promise your family won’t realize there’s squash in these brownies! I realize that it is a little early for winter squash to be coming in for all areas of the US, but this recipe was requested over on the CTF Facebook page. When the squash come in, I cook up the ones that aren’t a variety that keep well and store them in the freezer. I make this as a quick and healthy snack year-round using the frozen puree.
Nut Butter Brownies
Ginger Honey cough syrup, photo courtesy of Kayla at Life in Small Town, Wyoming
Recently, we’ve had the yearly sinus fun that comes from the wild weather swings of Spring. We had short sleeve weather, two days of freezing, then we hit 90 degrees the next day. This was compounded by us doing some heavy gardening and cleaning out the chicken coop, exposing us to a lot of dust. The weather and the dust caused my husband and son to have post-nasal drip and a nagging cough from the resulting tickle in the throat.
I am always on a quest to find cheap and natural ways to help treat ‘what ails ya.’ A few weeks ago I read about making a cough syrup by very thinly slicing a hand-sized piece of peeled ginger, [Read more…] about Herbal Remedies- Coughs I