Tool #2: Tea. Specifically Kids Wellness tea that I preblend and always have on hand. I'll share that recipe tomorrow. Tonight since Mr. Maricucu and I are pretty stopped up I added a teaspoon of thyme to each cup of water for the tea. Thyme is a wonderful antimicrobial, and also helps immensely to get the congestion flowing and out. Surprisingly it's an earthy/herbal taste, not what you would expect from such a strong herb. For the taste finicky in our home (read: the grownups) I cut it half and half with apple juice and we drink it chilled. For a very sick and lethargic child I offer this slightly warm and straight. Drink as often as possible and keep plenty of tissues nearby.
Tool#3: I increase everyone's dosage of vitamin D3 slightly and start everyone on vitamin C and zinc. I definitely find that this shortens the length of most illnesses. Of course rest and a warm rice pack are like gold around here when we're sick. Comfort and allowing our bodies to do what they need to get better.
Tomorrow the Kids' Wellness Tea blend.