Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Nausea and the Tummy Bug

There's been a nasty stomach bug going around lately.  We caught it - all seven of my younger siblings.  Not fun, and not pretty, but there are thinks you can do to help relieve nausea and fever.  Here are some of my top tips that we found handy:

  • Ginger tea.  Just the other night, Mum and Dad came home from shopping with a green tea with ginger tea blend.  Little dd they know just how handy it would prove.  Ginger soothes the tummy and the throat.  Green tea is an amazing antioxidant and cleanser, so the two combined is a force to be reckoned with.  :)  Unfortunately, most of my sisters can't stand the taste of green tea or ginger, so we sweetened it for them with a teaspoon of honey.  (And yes, I was singing, "Just a spoonful of honey makes the medicine go down..."  :D )  Honey, if it is raw and locally farmed, is good for the tummy too, as well as a host of other things.  It was a win-win!  :)  Ginger is good for any nausea, including morning sickness.
  • Although they couldn't drink it all the time, I also encouraged the consumption of apple cider vinegar.  Do not attempt to drink apple cider vinegar straight - you must dilute it.  (About 1-2 tablespoons to a standard glass of water.)  It is so strong, it makes your stomach turn inside out if it is not diluted!  Also, don't drink it when you are 1) vomiting sick 2) about to eat dairy 3) just eaten dairy  4) running on an empty stomach.  Outside of those lines, it is very beneficial and can help just about any ailment.
  • Just a spoonful of honey... (did you get the song in your head again?  :P)  Seriously though, honey straight off the spoon can really help to soothe the tummy.  My eleven year old sister was on the couch close to retching.  She couldn't even talk for fear of vomiting.  I gave her a teaspoon of honey and in under ten minutes, she was able to sit down and have dinner with the rest of us.

Hope that helps you if you are unwell or have a friend or loved one who is unwell.  God bless!  :)

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