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Comfort Measures To Get You Through This Cold and Flu Season

February 26, 2013

Sometimes despite our best efforts at staying well, we still get sick.  And then we use everything in our arsenal to get well as quickly as possible.  But, in the meantime, when your little ones are whining and everyone is uncomfortable and irritable, you need a few ways to cope.


1. STOP.  Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our to-do lists and over-full social calendars that we think we cannot jump off the merry-go-round.  Yes, you can.  It’s OK to circle the wagons, call off everything and just rest.

2. Even if you plan on staying in bed all day, get up at some point, make the bed, and take a bath.  When you are done and you come back to bed, it’s so refreshing to come back to a bed where the sheets and blankets are tidy.  It just makes you rest better somehow!

3. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil on your pillow.

4. Sprinkle a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil in your steamy bath water.  Breathe deeply.  Your sinuses will thank you.

5. The homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla is specifically indicated for that child that whines, wants to be held, is clingy, irritable and difficult to comfort.  We’ve used it several times in the last few days.  Saraa, my four year old, says that “those things you put under my tongue help find my smile.”


6. Coconut oil for lip balm.

7. You know that broth we always tell you to have going in the crock pot?  Yes, that!  Sip, sip, sip.  Feel warm, nourished and stronger with each sip.

8. Fill a sock with uncooked rice and some fragrant herbs (think lavender, rosemary, thyme).  Pop in the microwave for a minute or two until it is piping hot.  Stick it under your blankets to warm your feet or on your sore neck or wherever you need a little extra warm.

9. Post-nasal drip giving you booger-belly?  A little liquid calcium/magnesium can soothe your upset stomach.  Look for a supplement that has a 2:1 ratio for maximum absorption.

10. If the sun is shining, step outside and get some vitamin D.  You might have to bundle, but breathe deeply with your face in the sun!  You’ll feel energized, we promise!

11. Dab a drop of rosemary essential oil on your temples and the nape of your neck.

12. Freshly laundered flannel pajamas.

13. Soak in an Epsom Salt bath to soothe aching muscles.

14. If you are the one who is sick, it’s OK to plop the kids in front of an educational movie or an old favorite.  Have a little movie marathon.  There is no Mommy-Guilt in that!  Give yourself a few minutes to rest.  You’ll be an even better mother after!

15. If your baby wants you to be with her….constantly, it’s OK to drop everything and sit there rubbing her back.  Read a favorite book or magazine.  Use it for a little much-needed downtime.


16. When you’re stocking your freezer with your extra meals, be sure to stock a few comfort foods, whatever that might be for you.  Tomato Soup you can eat with buttery toast?  A creamy casserole that will come bubbling out of the oven?  A spicy curry that will be sure to make you feel cared for at the same time clearing your sinuses?  Or perhaps orange cardamom cake (with which Daja is currently obsessed)?  Save these special comfort foods in your freezer for those days when you want them but don’t have the energy to make them!

What are your favorite ways to cope until all your other remedies kick in?

Disclaimer – The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. It is not the intention of the writers to advise on health care. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have.  Disclaimer – These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

(Linked to Wildcrafting WednesdayA Wise Woman Link-UpLittle Natural CottageEco Kids, Fight Back Friday! and Frugally Sustainable)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2013 2:59 pm

    oh, pure comfort ! great post..:-)
    My mom always made us get up , take a long salt bath & or a shower.. brush our teeth lay on the sofa for a movie while she washed our sheets & put them back before bedtime.
    something about freshly laundried sheets 🙂
    & I agree, step outside for some fresh air.. have a cup of tea & a tall glass of water.
    almost makes me want to be sick with all this pampering !LOL ALMOST !

  2. February 26, 2013 3:14 pm

    lol I also call sick days Movie marathon days.

    • February 26, 2013 3:28 pm

      each of my daughters had /have ‘sick’ movies..
      the oldest dd watched The SOund of Music ..( I think she still ‘tries’ to watch it now that she is a mother.. but you know how it is , mom isn’t always allowed to be sick ..:-)
      my youngest watches .. Dr Who…

      I shouldn’t have written I “watched movies” .. cuz back in the 60’s & 70s’ there was no such thing as movies on demand ! LOL But the soap operas had to safice 🙂

  3. Andrea permalink
    February 26, 2013 4:18 pm

    I always used a humidifier in a sick one’s room. It never ceased to amaze me how much better the child/parent’s cough was with lots of moisture in the room, especially at night.

    My mother (& thus myself too) always covered up chests & necks of sick ones. It didn’t matter if the person had a fever or not… the chest & neck were never exposed. My mom always told me that the “lungs” shouldn’t get chilled. I would put a nice big-at-the-neck-so-as-not-to-constrict cotton turtleneck top underneath a pajama top, of the sick one… or use the turtleneck top alone as the pajama top. My mother used an old cotton diaper & pinned it loosely around my neck & chest when I was a child. It tickled me when my oldest daughter (now 30) packed one of those turtlenecks for “just in case”, as she packed to go away to college. 🙂

    My mother (& thus myself too) would never give a sick one a bath or shower either… just a spit bath with a washrag for the personal areas… very very quickly… as long as the person was in the middle of the illness. Again, the thinking is not to chill the body or the lungs.

    Oh…. one more thing…. for a decreased appetite, my dear mother used to make jello with ice cream in it. I don’t know how you all feel about jello in a box but I’m just conveying what’s always worked for my mom (& thus myself too). You make a box of jello, putting a little less water in it than called for. Let it just start to congeal (that slightly wobbly stage) and then beat in some vanilla ice cream (about a cup… maybe a little more) into it with your electric beaters. Then put it back in the refrigerator & let it get fully set. If appetites are a bit off, this treat never ceased to “stay down” and perk up appetites once again, especially with little ones.

    That’s all I can think of, that I ever used with sick people under our roof, big or little. Wisdom learned from my dear mother- RIP.

    God bless you all with healing–Andrea

  4. March 1, 2013 12:55 pm

    Great suggestions. Thanks for posting at Wildcrafting Wednesday.

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