Home remedies can help soothe colds

By Marie Faircloth - Under the Shade Tree
Marie Faircloth -

Featured Participant: Mrs. Edith Moyer

We have been very lucky at the Garland Senior Center to have Mrs. Edith Moyer on our volunteer team for several years. She wears many hats here at the Garland Senior Center and has been missed while away on vacation. Recently, Mrs. Edith came back to us and we are certainly happy, and looking forward to making many more memories.

Mrs. Moyer lives in Magnolia, where she is very active in her church. Originally from Reading, Penn., Edith brings lots of wisdom and insight to the center; she is irreplaceable. Her sweet ways always bring a smile to our faces. We thank you Mrs. Edith Moyer for all of your help and we appreciate you very much. It’s people like Mrs. Moyer that make our world a better place.

During this time of year, colds seem to be everywhere and are almost unavoidable. Here are a few home remedies that may help us through our sniffles and sneezes, among other things.

• Warm baths can reduce cold and flu symptoms in adults. Adding Epsom salt and baking soda to water can reduce body aches. Adding a few drops of essential oil, such as tea tree, juniper, rosemary, thyme, orange, lavender, or eucalyptus, may also have a soothing effect.

• Soothe a sore throat — Gargle twice daily with a solution of six pressed garlic cloves mixed into a glass of warm (not hot) water. Follow the regimen for 3 days. Research shows that fresh garlic juice has antimicrobial properties that fight pain-causing bacteria. The warm liquid soothes inflamed tissue.

• Curb a cough — Indulge in a square or two of dark chocolate. Researchers found that chocolate’s theobromine compound is more effective than codeine at suppressing persistent coughs without the side effects of drowsiness and constipation.

To calm a nagging cough that keeps you awake at night, take 2 tsp. of honey (1-2 tsp. for kids; don’t give to children younger than one), along with 500 mg of Ester C 30 minutes before bed. The vitamin C (nonacidic Ester type won’t upset stomachs) boosts the immune system in the early stages of your cough. Research shows that honey works better that either a cough suppressant or no treatment at all for relieving children’s nocturnal cough and promoting sleep.

Stifle hiccups by swallowing 1 to 2 tsp. of sugar. The dry granules stimulate and reset the irritated nerve that is causing the spasms of the diaphragm. Any coarse substance, such as salt, can work in a pinch, but sugar tastes best.

My life isn’t perfect but I am thankful for everything I have. Our lives don’t get better by chance, they get better by change. Be kind, work hard, stay humble, smile often, stay loyal, be honest, travel when possible, never stop learning, love always. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Marie Faircloth
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By Marie Faircloth

Under the Shade Tree