a conversation between the farmwives
robin here, deep in the trenches. i know this is not the most delightful topic, but it is one near and not at all dear to each of us. we all know how a sickness runs it’s course: it usually starts with the youngins, then gets dad, and when everyone is all nurtured and cared for, down goes mama (often mama doesn’t go down actually, we are resistant to so many strains!). so, help me friends, give me your recipes for successful mama care.
Cher says: Oh, dear, Robin. Lots of tea. And vitamin C (a natural source like acerola, amla, or camu camu berry, available from Radiant Life). And raw local honey. And a combination of the three. The bigger people around here usually ease up on or stop eating altogether (Eric swears by a good fast), but that seems a hard request for the little ones; hunger is so urgent for them. And depending on the sickness, I will administer homeopathic remedies accordingly (we get ours from Washington Homeopathic). And when sickness lurks into our household, I get busy readying the house. I bring in plenty of firewood to avoid having to trek to the wood pile when I’m not feeling up to it. I also (ideally, if I am spared the sickness for a few days) try to have plenty of food ready and available, again, so I don’t have to do it if I’m not feeling well myself. (If the sickness is of the throwing-up sort, I make sure each ailing child has their own pail. I’m a stickler for this because I really dislike cleaning up puke.) And then the unavoidable waiting and worrying ensues. Night times are always the worst, so sleeping when you can throughout the day is also a good idea (but this seldom works for me as I am a terrible napper). And finally, pour on the love. A little bit of nurturing (to your kids or your hubby or yourself) goes a long, long way.
Coree says: Love is the answer, and sometimes Love comes best in the form of Sleep. Most of us mother-people are short on it, even when our children are bigger, just because the evening hours are our precious adult-alone time. Besides sleep and general compassion, around here we like frequent doses of echinacea and andrographis tincture. Andrographis is an herb widely used for cold and flu in Europe. We grow it. A few others to keep handy are Elder Flowers for flu and fever, Catnip for headaches, fresh Ginger root and Lemon Juice for throat, and Valerian, for Sleep. I also like the feeling of a Cayenne tea with lemon and maple syrup.
Garlic is another miracle cure. Raw is best. It goes down well with corn chips, or fresh apples, which are also good for you. I’ve had nice success with an interesting garlic brew, as follows:
- A LOT of garlic, chopped a bit, and simmered for ten minutes or so.
- Add to that hot mix a nice big teaspoon of miso,
- and a good dollop of honey.
The effect is surprisingly chocolatey. Not at all disagreeable, and an excellent nip-it-in-the-bud sort of drink.
Of course, sometimes its too late to nip it in the bud and its just a matter of laying low as long and as much as it takes. Lay with the kids, some books, a hot cup of tea and a hot water bottle. As unpleasant as it is, thank heavens this too shall pass.
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