For the past six months, I’ve been taking a daily dose of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to help ward off the slew of sinus infections I’ve been suffering from the past few years. I was getting a sinus infection, bad enough to be treated by antibiotics, every 3-4 months. I hate being on antibiotics almost as much as I hate being sick, so my quest to end the cycle led me to RACV.
Since taking the RACV, I’ve been sinus infection-free. I’ve felt them start to come on, but when that happens I just up my vinegar dose and take Bayberry (a natural astringent).
But all good things come to an end, and I’ve found myself facing another doosy of a sinus infection, coinciding with my boys getting nasty viruses of their own. (My research prepared me for the possibility that even if the RACV helped reduce sinus infections, most people would still have 1-2 a year. However, I’lll take those odds, as that is a far cry better than experiencing one every 3-4 months!)
Nothing is more humbling than having your husband and your kids tag along for your doctors appointment, but hey, I guess that’s reality. Although I did have to go on an antibiotic, the kids did not. So now, I’m using all my home remedy tricks to try and help us get back to normal.
Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks:
Hot lemon tea It is simple, inexpensive and effective. Simply slice a lemon, pour boiling water over top, and add a tablespoon or two of local honey. Sure to soothe raw throats and break up congestion. (Note: My boys don’t like this, so I simply give them mint tea.)
Vitamin C We pump up the liquids, vitamin C, fruit and anything warm, soothing and nutritious. I also make us a lot of smoothies full of fruits, veggies and vitamin powder.
Homemade cough syrup These syrups are completely natural and very effective. The one one the left is for the boys and I found the recipe here. The one on the right is for me and I found that recipe here. I’ve given Theo over-the-counter cough medicines in the past and not only do the wind him up (not great for bedtime) but they are also very hit or miss in their effectiveness. These natural remedies work every time and, as a bonus, I can give them as often as needed. I don’t need to wait 12-24 hours in between doses!
Chiropractic Care Theo and I both see a chiropractor and I notice a big difference when we do. For me, it alleviates neck pain associated with sinus pressure and relieves sinus headaches. For Theo, it helps with his behavior. He is always much calmer afterwards. I have also read that chiropractic care helps us fight illness faster and more effectively. I’ll take any help we can get!
Wet socks I recently tried this, and I think it’s helping. I’m going to continue to give it a try. Read more here, about this natural way to stimulate the immune system and improve circulation.
Coconut Oil I did a post about oil pulling, and since then I’ve continued to try to do this as often as possible. I especially rinse with coconut oil if my throat is sore or if I’m fighting something, as it soothes sore throats and is antiviral and antibacterial.
Baby wearing Nothing soothes a sick and fussy baby like wearing him (or her) close to mommy. When in doubt, strap on your carrier.
Baths I’m a big believer in the healing power of a warm bath. We soak in everything from baking soda, epsom salts, clay and any natural herbs I might have on hand. Baths are a great way to detox, relax and fight fevers. Here is an article that gives some helpful guidelines and suggestions on how to use some of these items to aid your healing through a detox bath.
Yoga There are so many great yoga poses for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body. Yoga is a gentle and soothing way to get your body moving when you don’t feel good, to avoid tight muscles which can become quite painful after laying around too long. Plus, many yoga poses help boost immunity and circulation, thus aiding in the healing process. You can find some starter suggestions/poses, here. And for my favorite yoga poses to try when I’m sick, look here.
What about you? Do you have any tried and true remedies? I’ve been doing some research into the healing power of essential oils, but haven’t taken the plunge yet – they can be expensive! Have any of you tried them? What was your experience like, and what brands have you used?
Stay healthy and warm!
All of these suggestions are things I’ve tried and found helpful. They are not to be used to diagnose or treat in addition to or in place of a doctor. Please see my disclaimer page for further information.