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Try as we might to be fit and healthy, sometimes we just can’t escape the lurgy. Sore throats, coughs, achy joints and sleepless nights are all big parts of family life. I can sometimes feel a bit neurotic by how many times in one week I’ll make the trip to the drugstore. So, in the spirit of eating healthy and all things natural, here are some home remedies to use whenever somebody in your house gets sick, unless it’s something really urgent, of course.
Slip honey in your tea before bed
If you are having a hard time sleeping, and let’s face it, we’ve all been there, try having a cup of herbal tea with a spoonful of honey in about half an hour before going to bed. The warm decaffeinated tea will sooth your body, while the sugar in the honey will act as a sedative. Tasty and helpful!
Eat chocolate when you have a sore throat
This is not a drill. Research has found that eating dark chocolate is much more effective at curing a sore throat than strong pain killers! So next time you are struggling to get that cough medicine down the throat of your little one, bust out the goodies instead.
Garlic for ear infections
There are many old wives tales going around about how you can get rid of ear congestion almost instantly, but nothing works better than crushing up some garlic and pouring the juice straight into your ear. If you’d rather not put any liquid in there, boil up about six cloves and add some salt, find some clean cloth and wrap the garlic up in it. While still warm, place the bundle over your ear. Repeat as necessary.
Ease nausea with ginger
If someone in your family is prone to motion or seasickness and you have a long journey ahead of you, brew up some homemade ginger tea for the ride. To do this, all you need to do is boil up a load of fresh stem ginger, strain and add some honey and lemon to dull the heat. Ginger has been well known throughout history to be great at quelling feelings of sickness, and even something simple like ginger cookies can make a rocky boat ride easier.
Drink green tea to reduce a bloated belly
Green tea is one of the oldest and most trusted healing drinks in the world and has a whole range of healing properties. But the best is that it can reduce a bloated tummy quickly. Detox tea companies fill their packs with different flavored green teas all for this reason, as it quickly reduces water retention and flattens stomachs! If you need a caffeine-free solution, opt for a mug of peppermint instead.
Get rid of warts with baking powder
Mix together baking powder and castor oil to make a paste, rub it on a wart and cover it with a bandage to leave over night. Remove in the morning and repeat if necessary to get rid of any unsightly or painful warts!