When Tye came down with a fever last a week and a half ago, I feared we might be in for the same pattern. Then Monday morning last week, I barely woke up and felt achy and exhausted- clearly fighting Tye's bug. To protect myself, I chopped 4 small garlic cloves into pill-sized pieces. Then I swallowed them with water, raw, as if I was taking several pills (some people prefer to chew it with a piece of bread). I chased that with a sweet spoonful of Manuka honey, renowned for its healing antibacterial properties. A couple hours (and a short, fitful nap with Tye) later, I felt an incredible difference- I went from feeling 30% of myself to probably 85%. At noon, I swallowed another two cloves and stirred a large spoonful of Manuka honey into my warm green tea. Dinner was lentil soup, with extra garlic and ginger for immune-boosting power. Before bed, I downed another two cloves of garlic.
The next day, I felt completely healthy! Once again, I took two cloves in the morning and two in the evening, just to continue supporting my immune system as it fought off any lingering illness. By this point, I was starting to smell like I belonged in an Italian restaurant (I wonder how my breastmilk tasted...). I also made some iced green tea sweetened with honey to drink throughout the day, a natural remedy that worked wonders for me as a teacher.
I've been good about using natural remedies to help relieve Tye's symptoms and boost her immunity when she's sick, but in caring for Tye, I sometimes postpone self-care until it's too late. I also think it can be easy to forget, in our world bombarded with prescription and OTC drug commercials and a-drugstore-on-every-corner, that natural remedies work on adults, too. Just because we can take decongestants and antihistamines doesn't mean we need to, or should. In this case, I was able to prevent the cold from coming on and didn't need any medication to mask my symptoms later- because there weren't any. To top it off, my entire 100% organic treatment cost just two or three dollars. Having a healthy mama to care for her sick babe, though, is priceless.