This week proves to be a tough one. My flu vaccine failed!
Last week, daughter got her colds from his uncle. It’s so hard to make her take medicine so we use alternative home remedies to make her comfortable. Thank goodness for her strong immune system, she was able to beat that and got better in time for her second trimester exams. Unfortunately, I got her virus and I was beaten, or more likely, the virus defeated my flu vaccine.
Seeing as I can easily take any medication, I took this over-the-counter medication that was advertised to help prevent flu but it felt like it only made me worse. I am never going to take that pill again! I felt so drugged up and nauseated. I was so useless to my family.
After that, I decided to do what I did for my daughter, home remedies for sore throat in particular, because that’s what bother me most. Sure the fever and body pains can be easily remedied with a Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. But for sore throat and stuffy nose, here what I did…
Drink lots of fluids. We need to be well hydrated all the time but whenever I am not feeling well, I go an extra mile (ehem, litre) with my fluids. I drink a lot of water, juice and herbal tea.
Gargle warm salt water. I don’t have any exact measurement to this because I don’t taste anything right when I am sick. I just make sure that the water is as salty as the sea water and the water is warm, almost hot but not scalding.
Alternative tip: If you have Bactidol or Listerine in your household, it can also help you ease your sore throat.
Drink hot drinks. Peppermint tea is my favourite because it helps clear out my clogged nose too. I also drink coffee in the morning.
Take a warm bath. If you grew up where I live, you’re probably not allowed to take a bath when you’re sick. Getting sick makes me feel gross and a warm bath will not only make me feel comfortable but the steam from the bath helps ease the clogged nose, thus making your sore throat feel better.
Drink citrus juice. A mixture of lemon/lime/calamansi with honey and warm water makes a great combination to help ease sore throat. Just make sure to not include the pulp bits because it can get itchy while going down.
Lozenges. There was this Chinese brand lozenges that my brother gave me before that has a numbing ingredient. I swear I didn’t feel my sore throat and my tongue for a few minutes. The most common lozenges with menthol or eucalyptus work great as well.
Alternative tip: If you can stomach the spiciness of ginger as a lozenge then do so. It works great for me! Ginger ale is also great for stomach aches.
Eat chicken soup. I don’t know about you but I can only eat chicken soup or rice porridge with chicken whenever I’m sick. It’s like a heartwarming dish and one of my favourite Filipino dish, Tinola, has ginger in it.
Drink lagundi extract. This is my mother in-law’s specialty. She just boiled some lagundi leaves then added sugar (preferably honey) to the extract. If you cannot find lagundi leaves, lagundi syrup can now be bought in local drug stores.
All of the above are safe and effective with my 4 year old daughter except for the hot drinks and lozenges because she doesn’t drink tea, can only take lukewarm drinks and doesn’t like the taste of lozenges. As for the lagundi syrup, we consulted her pediatrician first before giving it to her.