Mary Poppins, please forgive me!
Last week was a test of strength for me. On Monday morning my oldest daughter, Girly17, was diagnosed with the FLU! The Dr. walks in and says “Congratulations! You have what I belive to be the Swine Flu!” “Oh Goodie” is all I could think. Tuesday afternoon I get a call from my youngest daughter’s, Girly9, school to come pick her up. She wasn’t running fever but they had found out that her sister was sick and asked me to keep her home as well. By Thursday, Girly17 was back at school but guess who was running fever now. Lovely. After a day of 104 fevers with no end in sight, and a nasty looking throat, we went to the Dr. with her on Friday. Being cautions, he checked her for every ailment under the sun. It’s viral…let it run its course. I am getting to the point of this post…I promise! On the way home I was thinking about the Dr. telling us to have her gargle with salt water.
THAT’S IT! HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THIS?
When I first got married, my father in law told us about an old home remedy for coughs and sore throats. We came home and went straight to the pantry. A spoon full of sugar with just enough vinegar to wet it. Girly9 had done this before so she didn’t object. Put the sugar in your mouth and let it slide slowly down your throat. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. The sugar makes the vinegar thick enough to coat your throat on the way down. By Friday evening her throat looked 50% better. We did the treatment again that night and Saturday morning the fever was gone and her throat looked and felt great! Now I am not saying that this was the cure-all but it sure did help. I am hoping that next time I remember this before running to the Dr.’s office!
I have also tried drinking pickle juice. It works well but Girly9 detests pickles!
With sore throat/flu season upon us, try this and let me know how it works for you 🙂