What’s in Your Arsenal?

Jan 31, 2018 by

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My family has been passing around the same virus (affectionately known as “The Cold”) since before Thanksgiving. At least we think it’s the same virus. It takes a different form with each person and comes and goes like one of those friends who only calls when she needs something, and always in the middle of dinner or when you’ve just settled down to a movie.

Nathan has been coughing and blowing his nose for three months despite two trips to the doctor.

I’ve had three short-lived colds that settled in my throat, two of which set in just long enough to get in the way of Blackhawk Chorus rehearsal. (The first time I stayed home; this week I decided everyone around me was probably also sick anyway so I might as well go.)

While I wrote this, Mom and Dad were both upstairs coughing, but differently than Nathan, and Mom is losing her voice. Again.

Yesterday, my sister Sherry called. Haley and Dylan were both home sick with The Cold for the second day in a row. I sent pictures of what I named My Arsenal of Homeopathic Remedies.

Here is the group shot, which includes:

  • Vitamin C
  • Raw honey and lemon (to mix with hot water)
  • Salt for gargling
  • Fighting Five essential oils blend (cinnamon, clove, Rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon)
  • Any herbal tea that says “medicinal” and “immune system” on it
  • And my newest discovery – elderberry syrup, which is all the rage right now and tastes like the punch that Mom’s aunts used to make for the Kronberg family reunions in Hilmar. (Mom thinks it tastes more like what she imagines Diana Barry getting drunk on in Anne of Green Gables when Anne accidentally served her current wine instead of raspberry cordial.)
  • Tons of water (I forgot to include it in the picture)

I’ve learned something about this arsenal of remedies: it helps to use them before The Cold sets in, or even when others in the house are sick, or in the case of “tons of water,” just because it’s healthy. Sometimes I get sick anyway, which is extremely annoying, but at least I have what I need to feel better.

This is true of so many things when I think about: prayer, regular time with God, doing that self-care thing that I used to mock and think was weird until I found out it actually made a difference…

We know we benefit from making them a regular habit, yet, so often we wait until our heart is sick before we do. We wonder why the same virus keeps coming back (or is it a different virus this time?) and google for answers until we realize, oh wait, I think I know what I need.

What about you? When do you know you’ve been slacking off on what you know keeps your heart healthier? What do you know you can’t survive without?

And if you also want to share what’s in your arsenal of home remedies for all that’s going around, feel free to share that too. Just one rule: no trying to sell anything or debate what works for someone else. I guess that’s technically two rules.

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  1. A friend told me homeopathic medicine, Oscillococcinum, works wonders for her. I’ve never tried it and have doubts about homeopathic meds, but it might help.

    • Jeanette Hanscome

      I’ve seen that at Sprouts (what my friends and I call the poor man’s Whole Foods) but haven’t tried it. Nathan and I are both feeling better now, so I think I found what works! I’ve become a big fan of homeopathic and home remedies, but I always research them first. I bought a cough syrup that worked okay, but I stopped buying it when I found out I could get the same results from warm water and honey.

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