We’ve had a case of respiratory sickness, since the week before thanksgiving. It all started when I went to observe a Montessori class in prep for enrolling Everly. The sick kids and germs were running rampant.

First Everly got sick, then Adalyn. Nathan got it next, then they passed it around a bit… I was the last to come down with it, just as everyone was getting better and just as Christmas was coming.

As soon as Nathan’s holiday vacation began I was completely down for the count. It’s funny how “mind of matter” keeps us moms going until it’s more convenient to be sick, then when we are sick it’s like total checkout.

My fever came a four days before Christmas, I slept and shivered and mouth breathed my way through the days and nights. Finally, I hauled my butt out of bed for Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Sadly, I caved and had to get some antibiotics. It was very bad. The chest junk was making me cough so bad I was throwing up. We feared pneumonia would be next.

Anyway, I am now two days post-antibiotics and feeling much better respiratory wise. The down side to the antibiotics is that I am back to ground zero in terms of my gut healing journey. Antibiotics kill off everything, even the friendly bacteria that are the basis of your immune system and digestion… and in the absence of those friendly bacteria yeasts and other nasties are left to take over the system.

So I am fighting Candida bad and starting over with gut healing now. The die-off fatigue, anxiety and mood disruptions are back and my diet is VERY limited as I try to cleanse and beat the Candida while recolonizing my gut.

It’s like walking a tight-rope right now, I can’t totally dive in to a Candida detox since I have Adalyn’s breast milk supply to safeguard and to keep toxin clean but I can’t live with the impacts of rampant Candida destroying my gut and making all my foods cause allergic reactions.

Anyway, that is where we are right now… along the way we stumbled upon this great tea to help with sinus congestions and throat junk. It works wonders as long as you aren’t fighting bronchitis and on your way to pneumonia. I really wanted to share it with you. If you are suffering cold or flu give it a try for sure!

Throat soothing tea: A natural cold and flu home remedy

I’ve been drinking this tea at night and it has helped immensely with releasing sinus pressure and chest congestion before bed. It also has been helping my cough. This recipe is for 1 cup of tea:

  • 1 large cup of water (about 8 oz)
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 portion fresh ginger root, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbs raw local honey *add in after simmering all the above ingredients
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar (raw with mother is best) *add in after simmering all the above ingredients

I boil all of this together. The cinnamon won’t dissolve in the drink (it will collect on the bottom), but it really helps with the taste, it is POTENT. Once the water and spices are boiled, pull the liquid off the stove and add the apple cider vinegar and honey. Cooking the ACV and honey will kill off the live organisms and be less effective. This is why they are added afterward.

Drink it warm and fast as the mixture really globs up as it cools. It is like a tart warm apple cider drink and it kicked our sinus headaches, soothes the throat and helped clear my husband’s throat drainage and resulting cough.