I honestly could blame it on Cole – he brought it home.
I’m hyper-vigilant about protecting myself from colds and flu but this year I let my guard down.
Part of running errands for Brother last week included picking up a remedy and taking it to him on the job in town. Standing at the truck door, he popped the pills into his mouth and took a big swig from the water bottle I’d taken from his ‘fridge in the main house.
He swallowed hard, coughed, shook his head and then fussed about the water tasting awful. Saying he was being silly, I took the bottle from his hand like a bottle of tea on a hot afternoon. Then as if God hadn’t given me a lick of sense, I masterfully waterfalled a mouthful (a college-day drinking technique, pouring without a lip touching the bottle).
What a shock to instantly discover the water was effervescent!!
Once I recovered, gifted as I am, I showed him by proceeding to drink the remaining few ounces.
Who just took cold medicine.
Yeah, ’cause his mouth on the bottle didn’t contaminate it. I’m that smart!
So, with the cold now racking it’s way through my body I’ll share the remedies that usually get me right back to, well, right:
1. Salt water gargle immediately, then 2 – 3 times a day.
2. Honey for sore throat and cough.
3. Crystallized ginger snacks (or juice)
4. Elderberry syrup
5. Bee pollen
6. Steam with Eucalyptus and peppermint oils (and topical oil application)
8. Fresh Garlic-Ginger-Chicken soup (Chicken soup is not just a wives tale)
9. Epsom salt bath
And best of all, rest!
Honestly, I thank God not only that I’m strong and healthy, but for time to rest, and maybe catch up on some pleasure reading. Oh, and some extra wisdom in the future, .
Zinc up friends, ’tis the season!
“The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.” Psalm 41:3 (NIV)
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Healing Garlic-Ginger-Chicken soup recipe courtesy Genius Kitchen.
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