Wednesday, February 3, 2010

for all the little sickies

The junk struck our house a few weeks ago - coughing, sniffling, sore throats, headaches... blech. By the time it made its way through all of us, we had spent about 3 weeks wiping noses, sleeping next to humidifiers, and listening to pathetic little coughs from all corners of our house.

I wanted so badly to alleviate that loud, hoarse, sad cough for my little guy. Over-the-counter medication isn't recommended for kids under 4, so apart from a little cherry scented VapoRub, chances of relief looked dismal.

Until mama did a little research. Turns out those OTC meds really only help them sleep, but don't do much for the cough so they weren't really worth pining after anyway.  The more I looked into it, the more I heard that a tablespoon of honey is a natural, quick remedy for a cough. After three nights, we were more than ready, willing and able to test it out. Guess what? It totally worked! Nearly instant relief, and almost a full nights sleep. 

After further research, I also found out that the antioxidants it contains are natural immune boosters. Double bonus!  Since you can't give honey to babies under the age of one, the littlest guys just had to deal, but big brother definitely benefited.

So, if you find yourself stricken with the junk, or you've got sick little cuties hacking the night away, try a spoonful and you'll all sleep a little better.


5thsister said...

Honey is a wonderful natural resource. It's good to hear this testimonial. We use it often ourselves.

Anonymous said...

I have done that before too and it really does work!

ChristineM said...

Honey is great! One of my friends suffers horrible allergies, but swears by local raw honey (local so it's probably got traces of the local flora, etc)

A while ago there was a detox plan (or 12,000) going around on the internet - drink a "tea" made out of hot water, juice of one lemon, tsp of honey, cinnamon and cayenne. I still have that almost every morning - just make me feel good!

Kat @ said...

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Morgan said...

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