This one is for all the tired moms out there.. and everyone else who is interested in ginger as a wellness remedy!
I’m traveling in the US this week and have some international travel coming up later this month. How do you stay healthy? People ask. I have two kids in preschool and most of us have been on that plane where you’re surrounded by people sneezing! Cover, please!
When my kids come home with the sniffles I tell them “sleep fixes everything”. OK, maybe I want them to go to bed early when they have the sniffles – but I mostly just want them to feel better and we all want to “get rid of the grouchies” as we call them in our house..
Sleep does do wonders for body and mood! So, sleep is the #1 remedy but sometimes hard for YOU to get when you have young children. My youngest is 3 years old and I am just now starting to have regular full nights of sleep! Yes, I’m a tired mama! Ack! But wow, 7-8 hours of sleep feels amazing. Anyway, I digress.. what else? Ginger! I’m a huge fan of wellness remedies – and at the first sign or onset of a cold will brew myself some super potent ginger tea and then go to bed.
The kids brought home a cold a few weeks ago and I have – so far – completely evaded it! I use fresh ginger at home and bring dry powdered ginger (and/or turmeric!) for the road. Ginger has the additional super power of being really good for your digestion and nausea (read more about nausea remedies here)! Double benefit!
- Fresh ginger root – rinsed, peeled and grated – or – a teaspoon of dry powdered ginger
- Hot water
- Honey (optional)
- Boil water and stir in fresh or powdered ginger
- Enjoy and go to bed! 🙂
It’s the season – coughing and sneezing everywhere! And then suddenly YOU are coughing and sneezing and feeling miserable.
I hate being sick. When I do get sick I’m a grouchy patient. Who isn’t? So I’m super motivated to stay well. Here are some wellness tips for cold season!
- Fresh garlic, crushed and served in a bowl of hot broth or soup at the first inkling of a cold
- Honey – it’s antiseptic and sooths sore throats
- Ground turmeric in some hot milk – love this one – turmeric looks like ginger root in its fresh form, but is smaller and usually is found in powder form as a spice. I learned about it from an Indian friend who gives it to her children regularly to strengthen immunity. In our house we take some every day.
- Fresh ginger root – freshly minced or in powder form. Peel some fresh ginger root, slice it up and boil it in water and drink as tea. This is also excellent for your digestion.
- Vitamin C – plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year, some fresh lemon juice in hot water with honey can soothe a sore throat
- Salt – mix hot water and salt and gargle – this will soothe a raw throat and is also antiseptic. Maybe that’s why salty soups taste good when you have a sore throat.
- Water, plenty of it!
- Hot shower and steam bath – helps clear sinuses and feels good for achy limbs and head
As a proactive measure you can use “Four Thieves Oil” – not ingested – but a drop or two on wrist/neck before going on an airplane or if around a sick people may ward off germs. The smell is kind of refreshing (ingredients include wormwood, thyme, rosemary, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, lavender, sage, camphor, juniper, pine..)
Probably the most important healing and wellness remedy is SLEEP.. with or without a furry dog laying on your feet to keep them warm. Socks will also do. 🙂
Super mom tip: if you are nursing there’s not a whole lot of medicine you can take without interfering with either milk supply or passing ingredients to baby, but by all means keep nursing. Your body creates powerful antibodies when you are exposed to germs and passes these on to baby. When you have a cold chances are that baby may avoid it! Yay!