By: Sung Bin
We’ve been very busy crafting and creating felt hearts with love messages for our friends and family this week but a little cold has recently descended on the household so my little one has been staying very close to her mama for comfort. Normally, we have a regular routine we go through at the first onset of a cold or illness so by now we have this down pat. I am usually not nervous about fevers below 105 degrees if my child is active and otherwise happy and playing. My instincts will usually tell me if she is in need of serious help or just a little rest and relaxation to combat whatever she is fighting. The first thing we do is take a little extra vitamin c or multivitamin and plenty of fluids like lots of water and homemade soup with extra garlic. A little warm tea with raw honey and lemon helps with sore throats or licorice tea for coughs. The humidifier gets turned on at night and if it’s me who is ill, I’ll make a bowl of steaming hot water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil to inhale for decongestion. Sleep is vital to recovery but not always easy when my toddler is out of sorts so I will usually allow plenty of relaxation and quiet or otherwise boring time for her during the day to just take it easy. For stuffy noses, I use a natural eucalyptus rub on the chest or a little saline solution for the nose, if necessary. Fevers are good for building immunity but if the fever gets uncomfortably high I will have a
washcloth with tepid water ready to cool down her forehead or give her some homemade frozen ice pops which she loves. Beyond that, we just wait. Kids are quite resilient and often I am amazed at how quickly my little one can bounce back to her former self again. Of course, I really don’t mind the extra cuddling and comforting my toddler needs when she is not feeling well. So for Valentine’s Day I can’t think of a better to way to be reminded of how much I am needed and loved while I am holding her close.
What are some natural remedies you use at home for colds or flu?
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