Winter is well and truly here!

  • Posted on July 2, 2010 at 6:06 AM

This last week has been particularly hard. It has been very cold and caught quite a few people by surprise. In Sydney we are hearing statistics such as ‘coldest June morning in 23 years’ and ‘coldest June day in 27 years’ with outlying areas enduring sub-zero temperatures over night.

Rowena: “My fiance has had the man flu already this year, so I thought I would share a few home remedies that I use when a person is sick in my household.”

A Hot Bath – I find if a person has a cold a nice hot bath with some bath salts or your favourite body wash is always a good thing. It warms the person and makes them feel clean while soaking their body that may be sore from the flu.

Hot lemon and honey drink – I make this and it is quite nice if you have a sore throat.

  • 2 x lemons – juiced with a small hand juicer
  • 2 teaspoons of honey and top with boiling water

I have heard of people adding garlic, chili, pepper or ginger to the mix also. My philosophy is the person is already sick so the drink should be pleasant and soothing not spicy and disgusting.

Heaters - I have also made sure my heaters are out and in use to keep the home warm. I store my heaters over summer with a cover sheet to keep the dust out of them. When it comes to winter I just wipe them over with a soft soapy cloth to make sure there is no excess dust.

Germs – I am a bit of a self confessed germ-a-phobe. If there is a sick person in the home I add a few drops of eucalyptus to the washing machine to help kill germs. I am quite particular with the pyjamas and bed sheets and personally like to hang these out on the line to dry if possible. In case of wet weather I use the dryer. I also like to use a disinfectant and pay extra attention to the bathroom putting this on a cleaning cloth and cleaning surfaces that are known to harbour germs. I wipe the sink taps, the door handles and the toilet flush button with disinfectant.  I also like to make sure the home is well ventilated to promote fresh air flow.

Soups – I find when people are sick they always want soup.  I have a few standards such as pumpkin, broccoli and minestrone.  (see pumpkin soup post)

I hope these tips help you over Winter.

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