I have been out of town helping a family member with this:
A new baby - SO wonderful. This family member has a passel of kids; it's loud, it's hectic, it reminds me of my own childhood and oh my, IT'S FUN!!
Unfortunately, before I left their house I got REALLY sick. In fact almost everyone in the house was sick. I had to fly home sick - miserable.
I am still sick (12 days of sick so far) and it sucks. I am getting better but I have a lingering cough and congested ears.
The amount of plastic used and wasted through this is in itself sickening. I bought cough drops/lozenges for the flight. Each of course wrapped individually in plastic. I went to a co-op and a health food store but both only had the plastic wrapped ones.
For coughs I usually use Chestal Honey Cough Syrup which comes in glass. It wasn't helping so I have bought two bottles of different brands (neither of which has worked as far as I can tell) and both came in plastic.
The one thing that I had that I LOVED were some bamboo fleece wipes that I purchased from Batik Bags on etsy. What a luxury to wipe your nose with something so soft and lovely that didn't leave anything chapped or a trash can overflowing with chemical laden and bleached tissues.
The cough is at the base of my throat, dry and I cant "get" it. I have tried an expectorant herbal cough syrup but it does not seem to be doing the trick.
I had read that a natural expectorant would be a "mustard plaster". There are different instructions, but the one that I went with was I cut up some cheesecloth and sprinkled in some dried mustard on half of it and then folded the other half of the cheesecloth over it. I then rolled it up like a jellyroll and ran it under warm water. Just enough to get it wet.
I unrolled it and put it on my chest. I was sitting up and oh my gosh - that was the best hour I've had, no coughing or wheezing!!
My skin wasn't irritated at all, sooooooo....
I decided to do it again but this time as I tried to go to sleep.
So I had it on while lying on my side so it was on my skin and then pushed between "the girls".
After a while it started to get really uncomfortable. I stuck it out. I was watching TV on my computer (by the way, have you seen Modern Family yet?!) and tried to put it out of my mind.
I realized that my skin wasn't uncomfortable but there was a burning stabbing pain so I decided to take it off. It still hurt really bad.
I got up washed off my skin put on some coconut and argan oils. It was raised and red but when I woke up this morning this is what I saw:
So now I am coughing until I feel nauseous, I can't hear my own voice and I have a self-inflicted burn!!!
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