It has been a long weekend at our house. Our littlest came down with the flu (or some flu-like virus, anyway) – not such a big deal, except that she had a febrile seizure and stopped breathing, resulting in a 911 call and many hours at doctors’ offices/the ER. Then the eldest and hubby both came down with it. (Little one is doing much better now, by the way. And by “better,” I don’t just mean that she’s breathing! We’re back to normal temps, etc. and just a few residual sniffles.)
Anyway, this was a great opportunity for me to take some pictures of the decongestant I’ve posted here before, and include an actual tutorial. Hubby calls this “radish juice.” It sounds like it would be disgusting, but it’s actually not nearly as bad as it sounds. (I don’t like radishes or onions, in general, and I find this tolerable, ‘though it’s definitely not a favorite. Hubby actually kind of likes it – especially if his nose is also stuffy so he can’t smell the onion as strongly.)
As long as they’re old enough to safely have honey, even the little ones can take this. (And I was surprised. Our almost-two-year-old, who has been protesting the cherry-flavored Tylenol, drank this voluntarily, and even got mad at me when I took it away out of concern that too much at once might burn her tummy. She did make some pretty funny faces, though.) The recipe came from a friend, and is good for breaking up the junk in your chest. Keep reading below the recipe for a full step-by-step.
This homemade decongestant is good for breaking up chest congestion so you can clear it out. Anyone old enough to eat honey can take it.
1 cup honey
1 cup lemon juice
1 small red onion
6 garlic cloves (If my cloves are super-small, I use a couple more.)
1.Wash, peel, and trim the vegetables as appropriate, and cut the onion into 2-4 chunks.
2.Dump everything into the blender and blend until smooth.
4.Refrigerate between uses, for up to a week or so.
6.Adults take 2 Tbsp. once a day, or more as needed/desired.
7.Children take 1 Tbsp. once a day, or more as needed/desired.
8.Should begin expelling within 24 hours. (We have typically noticed it kicking in within the first couple hours.)