Monday, January 27, 2014

Sore Throat Remedy and Small Rant

So, here we are with another day of the polar vortex.  Honestly, I'm getting use to it.(gasp!)  I've gotten the chores pretty well figured out, I know what to wear to keep me warm, and I know how much wood to bring into the house at night.  I also believe my body had gotten use to the temps.  It's now 56 degrees in the house and I'm setting here in lounge pants and short sleeves.  If I start to get a little cold, I just put on a sweat shirt.  No big deal.  I actually got hot the other day.  I looked at the thermometer and it said it was 67 degrees.  Phew! Start shedding the layers! lol  I think the animals are getting use to it also.  The goats are venturing out to the hay hoop and actually not complaining to me when I go out.  They look like big, giant, fur balls.  They are funny looking.

Ok, change of subject!!!! LOL

The other day I was reading a blog (I can't remember which one. Sorry.).   It was about the difference between book knowledge and physical knowledge.  This has been a kind of a sore spot for me.  I know so many people that act like they know things about farming and homesteading but they haven't actually done it.  Just because you have read about how to do something doesn't mean you know how to do it.  That's where "actually doing it" comes in.  Now I'm not saying I know everything, my goodness no! In fact, I'm learning things everyday!  But, it just gets to me when people try to tell me I'm doing things wrong when they are not actually doing the things themselves.  Reading and doing are WAY different.  Reading about things is a very good place to start. In fact, it's important that you look up how to do things.  I do this myself.  But, there still is a BIG difference in reading and doing.  I don't even mind suggestions from people who have read how to do something.  But, don't tell me I'm completely wrong, unless you have actually done it.  Ok, my small rant is over. :0)

Now, after going on my little rant, I'm wanting to try different things that I've read about.  For instance, Hubby had a runny nose and a very sore throat this weekend.  I read about a home remedy for this.  And guess what?  It actually worked!!!!!  So if you are wanting to try it, here is the recipe.



SORE THROAT TEA

a coffee cup of hot water
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of honey
a dash of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of lemon juice. (I didn't have any lemon juice so I just left it out.  It worked just as well.)

Mix together and enjoy!

Hubby couldn't believer how much better his throat felt. It didn't hurt again that whole night.  In fact, it didn't hurt again!  WOW!  Now I really want to try a LOT more homemade remedies.  I guess I'll have to read up on them.  :0)

Do you have any home remedies that you like?

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, read abouter and doer.


18 comments:

Rachel said...

I believe the blog you were reading was Rural Revolution because I just read it today (I get behind in my blog reading and read a week or two's worth at a time). I agree about the putting things into action. I love to read certain ideas about how to do things and then experiment. I don't believe I would go around telling people what they are doing is wrong, and my way is the right way though.
I use a similar recipe as you but put in some cayenne pepper too.

Anonymous said...

rural-revolution is the blog that you read it on

small farm girl said...

I think your right! It was RR!
I'll have to try the pepper. Hmmmmmmm.

small farm girl said...

Thanks Anonymous! It was RR!!!!

Tina said...

Our old remedy is
1 inch ginger, grated, steeped in 1 qt QT water for 20 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice and strain. Now add enough honey to sweeten to your taste. Works every time!

Carolyn said...

When my daughter gets congested & a runny nose, I make her a strong tea of mullien and plantain, sweetened with honey. Just make sure you strain the tea through a coffee filter because the mullein has tiny hairs that can cause irritation. I SWEAR by that tea!!

Frank and Fern said...

Thank you for the sore throat tea! I have one right now and am going to try your tea. I like the one with ginger too, but I don't have any fresh right now.

Thanks for sharing!

Fern

CM Dutch said...

you for got the shot of Jim Beam

Kellie from Indiana said...

My DH has this issue in his work. Hes a geotechnical engineer in construction and got there by experience, but is surrounded by people with college degrees that make more than he because of the degree, but dont have any working knowledge to do beans. He is always sent to fix there mess ups and in the end, he is the one who is expendable because he didnt have a book in his face for four years, but the actual construction equiptment. There is a difference between book smart and "street smart".

small farm girl said...

Tina, I'll have to try that!

small farm girl said...

To bad we have 50 feet of snow! Can't find the ingredients. Lol!

small farm girl said...

Fern! Please tell me what you think!!!!

small farm girl said...

CM, we were out. ;-)

small farm girl said...

Kelle, that would be very frustrating! I know if I had a business I would trust the worker with experience. Good luck!

Sarah said...

Another similar sore throat remedy is a mug of hot water, 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice and a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper. I'm going to try yours on my daughter since she can't handle anything spicy. Thanks!

Frank and Fern said...

SFG,

I am drinking a cup right now. I do think it helps. I just wish it would get rid of the cold that came with it.

My routine now is some of my garlic honey, gargle with salt water and drink some of your sore throat tea.

Thanks again for the recipe. I will probably be posting it with a link back to you before long. When I get to feeling a little better.....

Fern

Carrissa said...

I'm a HUGE reader, and books are always where I start with every one of our farm "projects". However, you're totally right - doing it is completely different, and it usually changes everything when you finally get hands on.People who think they can learn everything they know from a book without getting their hands dirty drive me nuts as well!

Andrea said...

When I read your rant a cheer erupted out of me. You are so right! It's a bit like someone reading over your shoulder and demand that you go at their pace so they aren't inconvenienced by the fact that...well...it's your book! >:(