Cold Season

A couple of weeks ago Ralph was hit by the sickness bug.  Just a bad cold, but it was the first time (other than teething symptoms), that he has ever been sick, which I think is pretty good for 16 months old.  He was very congested and tired, so I pushed rest and fluids as much as possible.

IMG_2836          And I took a spoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar every time I thought of it to hopefully keep from coming down with anything myself.


I tried a natural chest rub (from the health food store), on him at first, but it had tea tree and eucalyptus oil in it and gave him a rash.  After talking with my sister about it, she suggested making this rub from the book, Be Your Own “Doctor” by Rachel Weaver M.H., to put on his chest and the bottoms of his feet.  I did and think it helped a lot.  So, here is the recipe for Garlic Chest Rub:

  • 1/3 C. Coconut Oil
  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • 8 Cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 5 + Drops of Lavender Oil

Blend all ingredients together and then strain out large chucks (I did this through course cheese cloth).  Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.  I also tried this on his bottom for a rash and it worked great!

Hope you all are staying warm and well.  This is one momma that is ready for the warm weather, so that I can send all the stale air in the house out the door!

Any cold/flu remedies that you would recommend?


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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.
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3 Responses to Cold Season

  1. cheryl says:

    The old standbys, hot chicken soup and honey and lemon juice, always seemed to help my kids. Of course now they are grown and still use it.

  2. Heidi McConnell says:

    I’ve always been a big fan of mullein (awesome for congestion, soothes mucus membranes, some drs. recommend it for asthma). You can buy it in tincture form, but I buy the dried herb in bulk and steep it as a tea. It can be an acquired taste, but blending it with other herbs helps (for example peppermint and ginger, or chamomile, lemon and honey). We also drink a tea that I call Hibiscus Fireside, which is a blend of dried hibiscus flowers, ginger and crushed dried juniper berries. Whenever there is a bug going around, I add some red raspberry leaf for a boost (full of vitamins and minerals). Of course, I do recommend that you look up the benefits and potential contraindications of each herb for your own use, as even herbs can have side effects (for example, fenugreek is great for congestion, but can trigger blood sugar issues, so I know to monitor myself if I am using it, and to eat a hypoglycemic diet during use, in other words frequent small meals to maintain blood sugar levels).

  3. David & Tina says:

    Thanks for posting the recipe, Erin! It sounds like it would work well for anyone that was feeling under-the-weather. It’s an especially good idea for little ones that might not be has happy to eat fresh, raw garlic….so absorbing it through the skin works great instead. I’ll be sure it hang on to it for next time we need something like this.

    Yes, spring weather surely is nice! We’ve had warmer weather for a little while already down here in GA and airing out the house has been really nice.