It has been over a month since I have posted. How quickly a month passes. So much happens in such a short time, and I do not want to forget those special moments. Please bear with me as I backtrack a little bit.
First...I was hit with a severe stomach virus, not food poisoning as I thought. All seven members of my family took ill (even our older girls boyfriends had it). With one or two coming down with the virus per week I kept busy taking care of my family.
I know I could keep a medicine cabinet stocked with pharmaceuticals to ease our discomforts, but I find comfort in natural remedies. Simple, natural remedies created by God and used by generations before me.
I wanted to share a few things I like to use when our tummies start to feel queasy.*
1. Ginger Lemonade- the family favorite. We use this as a replacement for commercial sports drinks. It's great for soccer, during labor, or when sick. Sometimes I add a crushed potassium tablet per glass and mix it well.
- 2 cups of fresh lemon juice, about 6 lemons
- 1"-2" piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
- 12 cups water
- 3/4- 1 1/4 cup maple syrup (to taste)
- 3/4- 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
Mix all ingredients and chill. Makes about one gallon.
2. Herbal Tea- I had tea bags on hand for quick fix herbal teas when someone began the first tell-tale signs.
- 1 quart of boiling filtered water
- 1 tea bag each of ginger, red raspberry leaf, peppermint, and chamomile.
- raw honey to taste
Steep for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea bags. Add honey.
3. Banana ginger-tea smoothies- when we were hungry, but not ready for food
- 1 cup of ginger tea
- 2 bananas
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
Blend in the blender until smooth.
4. Carrot Ginger Soup- my choice for a first "food"
- 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
- 1 cup of fresh sliced carrots
- 1 cup of vegetable broth
- a pinch of dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon of honey
Simmer all ingredients in saucepan for 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully puree in the blender. Add more broth as desired. Add salt to taste.
Served in my favorite soup mug. Painted by my older girls. Love.
Possible benefits of ingredients listed above* (Info obtained from Kids, Herbs, and Health by Linda White and Sunny Mavor)
- Lemon- the tart taste is easy to tolerate when nauseous
- Ginger- anti nausea, digestive aid, relives cramps and muscle aches, wards off chills
- Chamomile- antispasmodic, digestive aid
- Red raspberry leaf- allows the release of toxins while controlling diarrhea
- Peppermint- antispasmodic, digestive aid, relives cramps and cough
- Honey- antibacterial and good source of energy
- Maple syrup- good source of energy
- Banana- easy food to digest especial when blended up
- Carrot (cooked)- antibacterial and re-hydrating
We also like to take echinacea and acidophilus.
* Blah, blah, blah...Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical care. Under no circumstances, shall the author be liable under any theory of recovery for any damages arising out of or in any manner connected with the use of information or documents from the site. Honey should not be given to infants under one year of age.