Post # 1
DH has been really sick the last week with a bad cold. He hasn’t been able to kick it, and he coaches football, leaving him outside in the cold rain several days last week. I tried to stay away, but I have a sore throat. I’m taking vitamins and drinking lots of juice.
Anyone know if you can take cough drops? Or any other remedies for a sore throat? I’ve been drinking tea and doing salt water gargles, but usually I suck on cough drops. I called my midwife, but she’s got a full schedule today and probably won’t get back to me for a while.
Post # 3
Honey. My mom just sent me an article about how honey can be better than cough medicines.
Post # 4
This is a remedy my naturopath recommended to me and always helps me when I’m feeling sick. I don’t think there’s anything in here that’s on the banned for pregnancy list (having never been pregnant I’m not totally sure, sorry!).
– take 1-2″ of fresh ginger and grate (I roughly chop) into a pot
– add 2 cups of water
– boil for minimum 20 minutes. The longer you let it boil, the stronger it is, so personal preference here.
– strain out the pieces of ginger (reserve if you want to reuse them)
– add juice of 1/2 fresh lemon and honey to taste.
Enjoy! I usually just leave the leftovers on the stove and reuse the ginger adding more water and boiling for a touch longer. I can usually get 2-3 batches out of one chunk of ginger. It sort of tastes like neocitran but yummier 🙂 I absolutely love it and it really helps!
Post # 5
Discover the wonders of the neti pot/nasal irrigation. It not only eases cold symptoms, but can actually reduce the incidence of contracting the cold virus.
Post # 6
@mightywombat: Neti Pots do help a ton with congestion!
Post # 8
I got a really bad cold mid-second trimester and did 3 natural remedies that eased the symptoms.
Tons of sleep and liquids-water and orange juice
Salt water gargles
Steamed my head (boiled hot water with some spices, covered my head over it with a towel, being sure not to burn myself)
(I think drinking tea can hurt hydration. Maybe soup instead?)
I’ve always been afraid of Neti-pot up the nose though I’m very close to trying it someday since everyone raves about it.
Oh and I stay away from milk products b/c it clogs me up with mucus in nose, throat and lungs.
Post # 9
Neti-pot. The process is pretty gross, but completely worth the relief!!!! 🙂 Feel better soon!
Post # 10
I’m just starting to get a cough/cold, so I’m feeling pretty gross. My ears are killing me, I don’t know if it’s because fluid is draining in them or I’m beginning to get an ear infection. My throat is also hurting, too.
So, I boil some lemon slices, then pour in a mug. I add a little bit of honey & sugar…my most favorite thing when I’m sick! Other than that, I’ve been lounging on the couch all day and trying to figure out if I should push myself and go to work tomorrow or stay home one more day to rest — I’ve only called in sick once in the past 3 years because I always hate calling in sick.
Post # 11
Please don’t ask the bees for medical advice. Next visit to your doctor take a list of common health issues- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cold symptoms etc and ask your doctor what you can safely use to treat each symptom.
In the meantime you can phone your local pharmacist for information.
Post # 12
gargle salt water for a sore throat, gross, but works wonders.