Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Balance

Two (Slow but Great) Cold & Flu Pick-Me-Ups

Warning, before you get too excited, both of these remedies require time to prepare– the bone broth 24 to 72 hours, the fire cider 4 weeks!

However, there is something therapeutic about crafting these recipes in advance. I spent part of the day with E on my back in a carrier, singing, dancing, cooking and it was the happiest I have felt in a couple weeks. It definitely helped that she was singing and dancing right along with me and the dogs were rolling on the floor in excitement for the melt-right-off-the-bone chicken, (sorry vegetarian readers). Oh and may we also recommend Elizabeth Mitchell as a great family Pandora station?

Okay, I’m getting off track…

While no one in our little family is sick at the moment, (knock on particle board), we have been pretty beat up by the lack of sleep/teething storm over the past week and a half. So, when my beloved friend/doula pulled out a jar of “fire water” I was inspired to learn how to make my own. Here is a recipe I found. It may sound strange, but the burn is somehow soothing.

The only way anything gets done around here anymore-- the tulas my husband and I got each other for Christmas! So nice to finally have E on my back while I cook.
The only way cooking gets done around here anymore– the tulas my husband and I got each other for Christmas!

On that same note, my stepmom inspired me to make some bone broth soup. I’ll admit this time I cheated and let it cook for about 9 hours, but next time I am determined to get going far enough in advance to give it the full 24 to 72 hours to do all of its magic. To get the bones, I simply submersed a whole (organic) chicken in my crockpot with water, cooked for two hours, and the meat was ready to fall right off. Here is a recipe for bone broth. This evening I plan to combine the broth with carrots, leaks, potatoes, garlic, and seasoning to make soup, (as you can probably tell I’m not much of a recipe follower).

That’s it! A short post to pass on two good home remedies for preventing and treating colds and flus. I won’t expound on the benefits of either as other people have already done a thorough job elsewhere, (including in the links above).

Hope you’re staying healthy!