Have you and your family been able to dodge the cold and flu bugs so far? This past week we've been fighting them in our families. Alice was even in bed for a couple days.
(And here's an observation for ya! Life goes on just fine--including Christmas--when mom's laid low. Alice said it was a little humbling, yet freeing, to see how folks can manage just fine without her micro-management of stuff!)
Anyway, experiencing some winter sickness prompted us to think about simpler times--a time when moms couldn't rush their kiddies off to a doctor's office or neighborhood health clinic. What did they do then when they got ill? They relied on the wisdom handed down from generation to generation--all sorts of home remedies that could be created in their kitchens.
And we happen to have just such a remedy that we've used over and over as we raised our kids: the 1st Aid Mustard Plaster. This is a miracle-worker when it comes to chest colds. It feels cold when first applied, but heats up quickly and does a super job of breaking up any congestion in the chest. It's a terrific way to stave off potential pneumonia or bronchitis. Here's the recipe:
1st AID MUSTARD PLASTER
2 Tbsp shortening
1 Tbsp camphor oil
1 Tbsp dry mustard
Flour (to thicken with)
Water (to make a spreadable consistency)
Mix ingredients well and spread on a clean flannel cloth. Apply to chest. Check periodically as this can burn the skin.
We hope you and your families are staying warm, healthy, and happy and getting ready to welcome in a wonderful new year. While you're at it, though, won't you share with everyone what YOUR kitchen health remedies are? How do YOU fight colds and flu? What are YOUR preventative measures? We're all in this together, so let's help each other. Meanwhile, here's to family dinner made easy as we pull out our kitchen remedies when the cold and flu bugs get the best of us!