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Making do with what the locals have: what to do when sick away from home

Honey, Lemon, Ginger, Cinnamon, and whole raw milk Yougurt.

When you're traveling or away, what can you do when you get sick? What if it's not something you've prepared for, and don't have any of your normal remedies on hand? 

Find out what the locals have. Not only what they use for remedies--which you may know nothing about, and which could be quite harmful; i.e. do NOT eat a fingerful of petroleum based congestion rub, no matter what they say!--but also what they use in their food or have around the kitchen. If you've been studying and doing research for awhile, and you know things that are safe for you to use, you may be able to combine some things the locals have (but wouldn't necessarily offer during sickness) to help improve your health. 

Here are a few things we've been able to use as everyone started coming down sick:
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped and swallowed down with water. 
  • ginger concentrate (they use it for making ginger "tea", adding sugar, mineral water and lime) mixed with the juice of half a lemon and raw honey, cover in hot water an sip away. (I remembered reading about a hot lemonade by Lauren of Bulk Herb Store, and even though we didn't have everything in this kitchen that she used, I made do with what we had!)
  • cinnamon powder mixed liberally with yogurt* made of whole raw milk.  (*Though dairy can increase phlegm, I did not yet have any symptoms that would be aggravated by such, so dished up a small bowl without worry.) 
  • Warm water salt gargle.
For an ear problem (possibly the start of an infection) after reading this, this and this,  here's what I did (but it looked more like this):
  • 1 clove of garlic diced and heated in olive oil. Then rubbed behind the ear that had the aching and swelling, as well as down that side of the neck and over the lymph nods under the chin.  I did this in the evening of the second day; by the following morning, all pain and swelling were gone!  (As Natural Living Mamma stresses, do be careful about putting oil in your ears.)
For the children with the phlegm-cough I want to make a syrup I saw online that uses honey, lemon juice, and coconut oil. (You can see where I pinned it here.)

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