Nurse Notes

 

It’s full blown Cold and Flu season now and we all know what we can do to treat the symptoms to make us more comfortable. Here are a few natural remedies that can help us feel better.

Honey (Please Note: Never give Honey to any child under the age of 1)

Combine one tablespoon of honey with one cup of water. Add a few drops of lemon juice & drink two to three times a day. Warming the fluid before drinking may be more soothing.

 

Lemons:  Put one chopped lemon ( Skin and pulp) in a cup of boiling water. Steep for five minutes. Inhale the steam for a few minutes and if you wish you can also drink the hot lemon mixture. Add a small amount of sugar if you wish.

 

Steam: Turn on your shower and make the room steamy. Sit in the warm steamy room for several minutes making sure the door is closed. Very effective way to thin out mucous.

 

Hydrate: Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day while feeling ill. Add one glass of Orange juice daily to give yourself some extra vitamin C.

Chicken soup: Shown to inhibit the production of anti-inflammatory enzymes that are released by your body when you have the Flu or a cold, the soup can be more effective if garlic is added during preparation.

 

Treating Sore Throats

 

Salt Water Gargles: One half teaspoon of salt to one cup of water. Gargle one minute at least three times a day

 

Steam inhalation: In a large pot bring several cups of water to a boil. Pour water into a large bowl. Cover head with a towel and lean over and inhale steam for 10 minutes, three times a day. Caution: Lower your head slowly over the bowl. Do Not get your face closer than 12 inches from the steam and keep your eyes closed. Take slow deep breaths.

 

More Tips

To treat sore cracked lips cover them before bedtime with honey and wash off in the morning.

Here are a few ways to keep healthy during the winter months:

Wash hands often                  Don’t Smoke                 Exercise often

Get more rest                                   Eat a balanced diet

Did you know?

Vitamin C is lost quickly after fruits and vegetables are chopped. So chop them right before serving or after cooking.

Crave less sugar…Caffeine dulls the receptors in the brain that are needed to taste sweetness so you crave more sugar for the same sweetness. An easy fix.. Go decaf in your coffee and beverage choices.

 

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