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Drip. Drip. Drip.

No, I am not talking about an irritating tap, although to be fair, if I hear one I will hunt it down and deal with it immediately because the sound of water dripping is my number one irritating sound.  I am talking about something even worse.  Post Nasal Drip.

dripping tap

It is common at this time of year because it is the cold and flu season.  Post Nasal Drip is essentially how all the gunk from your sinuses gets down onto your chest and gives you that trademark graveyard hack that we all know and love.  If you want to totally gross out some dinner guests sometime, you can tell them that on an average day we will swallow down a quart or two of mucus.  It sounds worse than it is, because this mucus is the good kind – clear, watery and great at keeping the membranes in the nose clean, moist and free from infections.   However, if you get allergies or a stinker of a head cold, then the mucus producing glands go into overdrive and the, how can I put this nicely, overflow, goes down your throat.  Ugh.

So how do you deal with it?  Well the first thing is to make sure you are well hydrated.  Lots of lovely water and hot liquids will help keep the mucus free flowing so you don’t notice it too much.  Not too much whiskey in the hot toddy tough.  Alcohol will dehydrate you and cause more of a problem.


If you really suffer with post nasal drip, then consider moving to more temperate climes – a really cold climate will exacerbate a post nasal drip issue.  The nose is kind of an air conditioner for the body, running the humidity and temperature levels that make everything else run properly.  If you are constantly going from dry indoors to humid outdoors and from hot house to freezing polar ice cap, then your nose will be working overtime.  The best advice is to keep indoors damp(ish) using a humidifier if you live in a dry climate (not necessary in the UK) and don’t set the indoor thermostat to tropical – keep it cool as you can stand.  Ours at home is at 17 degrees.  Partly so we have somewhere to go when it gets really cold (limit of 20 degrees though… if we need it to be warmer, then we will go and fetch another sweater) and partly because we do not like hot, hot, hot.

If you have chronic post nasal drip, then you might have an allergy.  Go and get it checked and see if you do.  Dust mites are a common cause, but then so is animal dander.  If you do get congested, try using an over the counter decongestant – although don’t use it for long periods of time.  Go back to the tried and tested inhalations with some nice powerful essential oils in the water.  Rosemary and Eucalyptus are great, but a teaspoon of Vicks Vaporub does WONDERS.  Take Honey and Lemon for the inevitable tickly cough that will result as well.

honey and lemon

Also, ask your doctor to check if you have a deviated septum.  The septum is the wall inside your nose that divides it in two.  A sharp blow or even a birth defect can cause the septum to be twisted or deviated to one side.  A sharp turn in the septum can cause mucus to accumulate and when it all collects, then it drips down the back of the throat.  It might be an idea to check if this an issue.  There is a simple surgical procedure which can be done to correct the issue.


Allergy season is definitely upon us…

I am lucky.  I don’t suffer from hayfever.  But this last couple of weeks, the pollen from the plants have even got up my nose.  I have been sneezing and rubbing strangely itchy eyes.  I understand these are some common symptoms of the dreaded hayfever, along with sore throats and dry coughs.


I wondered if there was anything I could find online to help.  Unfortunately I do not have a magic wand to cure hayfever.  I wish I did.  I know it makes people miserable, and uncomfortable, and I wish I could help you all.  Plus… let’s face it, if I could cure it, I would make millions!


However, I did find an allergy relief syrup which might help.  All the ingredients of this recipe need to be organic, and it should really help with the sore throats and the dry coughs.

honey and lemon

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of grated ginger

1 tablespoon of raw honey (either local to your area, or manuka)

1/2 teaspoon of bee pollen

1 tsp lemon juice


Combine all of the ingredients and warm slightly so the honey is runny.  Once it is all combined, put it in a clean glass jar and take a teaspoon of this twice daily.  The honey will coat the throat and will help to ease the soreness and dry cough, and the ginger and cinnamon will clear the nose and shake up and congestion.  The bee pollen may actually help you to become less sensitive to the pollen particles in your local area.



I hope it works for those of you who suffer.

How to treat fungal nails…

I have a friend who is plagued by fungal nail infections, and he is at his wits end.  I want to help, so in my research I have come across a couple of things that might be able to help him.


The first tip is to use listerine mouthwash.  Apply the mouthwash onto the nail and watch the infection disappear.  Well, it says Antiseptic on the label, and I can tell you that it works.


The next tip is something I am going to run up for him.  It is a topical ointment.  Take 1 and a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1-2 ounces of beeswax and a few drops of some antiseptic and antifungal essential oils.  If you melt the wax in a bowl over some boiling water, then add the olive oil and the essential oils at the end of the process.  Pop into a tin and let it cool and harden.  You just need to apply it and hopefully this preparation will work wonders.  I think I will use Lemon, Tea tree and Cinnamon.  It will certainly smell interesting!


Have a great Sunday everyone.

How to get, and keep, clear skin.

I am 40 years old, and I still get acne.  It is so annoying.  To those people who said “you will grow out of it”, no, actually, I haven’t.  My husband tells me that it is because I have active skin and that is the key to looking younger.  He thinks I should be grateful.  Ummm.  No.  Not really.


So I was looking for some remedies for clear skin.  Here are some of the ideas I came upon during my research.

from bigoven.com

from bigoven.com

Cucumber is great apparently.  It prevents pimples, blackheads, wrinkles and dry skin.  Sounds perfect!  Apparently, the skin and cucumber share the same level of hydrogen and so it makes it easier for cucumber to mask all the problem areas.  It helps to soothe and soften the skin.


Apparently, Papaya is also useful for the skin.  It aids in removing dead and damaged skin cells..  Topical application of the juice of the papaya fruit can help reduce freckles or brown spots, although I have to say I like freckles.  Freckles are cute.  Its the pimples I am not keen on.  Apparently, papaya is so good for the skin because it contains the enzyme papain which helps to break down inactive proteins in the skin, and that is what makes it so great.


Then there is the miracle ingredient around all over the place at the moment.  Coconut.  We already know that the oil is awesome for pretty much anything you can think of, but apparently using the water from the coconut will keep it blemish free.  I have a slight problem with coconuts.  Where I live, in the middle of the midlands of England, coconuts are not available.   And I can’t justify the miles entailed in ordering it.  Onward to another potential remedy then.

olive oil 2

Olive oil.  Apparently, using olive oil and warm wash cloths is a really excellent way of cleaning your face.  The heat draws out all the dirt and stuff from the skin, without stripping away the oil in the skin.  So those days of annoying dry spots on the skin will be over.  How would it help the acne?  Acne is caused by glands in the skin producing excessive amounts of a substance called sebum.  The excess amount is produced when the skin is stripped of all the oils in it by really caustic cleansers, and the body makes up for the loss and makes more besides.  This sebum blocks the pores giving you whiteheads or blackheads, and if those get infected, it causes those tell tale cysts and spots.  Using olive oil as the cleanser should stop the skin producing those excess oils.  I quite like this idea.  I might try it.  Let’s face it, Olive oil is cheaper than anti-acne cleansers!


Mint.  Now this I have a HUGE amount of.  It bolted in the garden and it is popping up all over the place.  Apparently mint is useful in treating eczema, insect stings, scabies and other skin infections.  Apparently the active ingredients are Vitamin A and salicylic acid which is the newest “boutique” ingredient in all those really expensive drug store creams advertised on TV and in magazines.  Apparently this acid loosens up the skin cells allowing them to shed easily so the skin looks all glowy and healthy.  Mint is also astringent, so that can help tighten up those pores too.


Finally, Lemon.  Lemon removes the skin of dead cells via citric acid.  It is a traditional method of removal of freckles, but we know my opinion of freckles.  Luckily I have a stock of lemons in because I love cooking with lemon in place of salt, so this might be useful to me too.  



Will you be using any of these remedies?  Let me know if you do, and we can see if they actually work!




What Remedies are good for children?

As you might know from reading this blog, my husband and I are in the process of adopting.  It is a very exciting (and not a little scary) time for us, and this blog is a little later than usual because we have just had another visit from the Social Worker.  These visits are regular and varied, and inevitably get me thinking about how my life is going to change when we finally become Mummy and Daddy, and child or children.


One thing that will not change is my wish to use natural products rather than chemically produced ones, particularly if the little person or people are feeling off colour.  So, off I trotted over the world wide web and did some research.

from speedyremedies.com

from speedyremedies.com

For a sore throat, which are so prevalent around this time of year, honey and lemon juice is ideal.  Lemon will dry up the congestion and the honey provides a soothing coating to the throat.  If you take a tablespoon of each and put it into a microwave safe bowl, put the bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds until it is warm.  The dosage is 1 teaspoon at a time, and please be aware that honey is not safe for children under 1.  This is due to the fact that honey sometime harbours botulism and the infant immune system can’t fight it as well as older people.


Another issue which has been plaguing my mind is what if we are lucky enough to be matched with a baby and they suffer with colic?  Apparently, Chamomile tea relaxes the intestinal muscles and so is a great remedy for a colicky child.  If you steep tea for 4 to 5 minutes and then put 1-2 ounces in a bottle, with water and it can certainly help matters.  But, you must be careful not to give more than 4 ounces in one day.

from bunnybumpkin.com

from bunnybumpkin.com

Every parent must dread the onslaught of teething.  From my reading of the subject, it would appear that grabbing something chewable and cold is a great relief.  Some options would be a frozen baby bottle (filled with water and stored in the freezer teat side down so the water fills the teat and is hard for them to gum on), a cold banana, a cold teaspoon from the fridge, wet towels, ice in blankets or even a peeled carrot.  I suspect infant paracetamol or ibuprofen is also a must when the pain gets too much for the little ones.

from the bubbleshop.com

from the bubbleshop.com

As we are likely to be dealing with a child who suffers from some form of anxiety due to their early life experiences, one really great solution is blowing bubbles from a bubble wand.  Now, I love bubbles, and so do my cats and dog, so I really hope this one works because I can see us doing it A LOT!  Just for the fun of it!!  Apparently the reason it helps anxiety is that breathing slowly and deeply while creating the bubbles allows the child to relax.  Fabulous!!

from newhealthguide.org

from newhealthguide.org

Travel sickness is common in small children, so for those aged 2 and over, making a ginger tea is great for suppressing nausea.  A teaspoon of shredded ginger in 4 ounces of boiling water, allowed to steep for 4 to 5 minutes, can then be drunk 30 minutes before getting into the car.  It might help with the nausea, but it will also guarantee a need for a potty break along the way, so be aware of that possibility!

Active children are likely to get bitten by bugs at some point, and those nasty raised bumps can be itchy and annoying and miserable to deal with.  How about using baking soda?  If you take a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and make a paste with just enough water, the alkaline mix will counteract the acidic swelling.

from bigoven.com

from bigoven.com

Another great remedy for mild swellings (eg bumps and bruises) is also used in high end spas.  Cucumber slices, put on the affected area will reduce the minor swelling.  It works on eyes, and it works on minor bruises.  Plus the smell is very refreshing.


This is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, but it was really useful for me to research these possible remedies.  What remedies have you used in your family based on folklore or herbal knowledge?