DIY fails for my sick man


The boy has bronchitis. Eck. So, I did what any loving parter would do…I hit up Pinterest for some easy DIY home remedies. Or at least that’s what I thought. What I ended up with was a huge mess and a still sick MOTH (man of the house). I thought I’d share my frustrations (and minor successes) so that you could save yourselves some trouble.


1. DIY Cough/Congestion Remedy

The recipe was simple:

  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Water

So, I whisked it up and fed it to my coughy-congestiony sickling and the look on his face was something else. The oringial post promises that this “curious orange syrup” would cut through the croup, “And, the taste is really good.” 

Well, one out of two ‘aint bad. And when it comes to home remedies, taste should be the last priority. In his daze was able to convince him that when something tastes bad that means it’s working (how’s that for thinking on my toes! LOL) And, in about 10 mins or so the cough was gone and he was breathing easier. He was reluctant to continue the treatment though unless I added more honey. This helped a lot, FIY, and in the future, I’d triple the honey in the recipe to three tablespoons.

2. DIY Vick’s Shower Tabs

So, I was iffy about this one from the get. Several of the blogs I read had many comments complaining that this recipe didn’t work and the result was a crumbly mess. But, I forged on…cause I like to torture myself I guess. And, what do you know…a crumbly mess. 

The recipe, again, was simple:

  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 4 tbsp water
  • splashes of essential oils (I used Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Peppermint)

I spooned the mixture into my heart shaped silicone muffin tin and waited the full 12 hours. When I pressed them out, they were still pretty wet. One fell apart completely, the other two I was able to salvage and reshape into something resembling a heart. 

But, here’s the real kicker, when I placed one in the shower, he barely noticed. I had to dump all three in there before I could get a reaction. He said it was nice, but hardly seemed worth the effort I went through to make them. Bummer. I can’t really think of anything to do to remedy this other than use less water (or more baking soda) and a lot more shakes of the oils. All in all, I think he’s right…just not worth it.

3. Detox Bath

A detox bath is literally just a bath with a whole bunch of crap tossed in. Some are meant to draw out impurities while others are mean to calm and soothe. The “recipe” I found called for Epsom Salt (a usual suspect) and a variety of oils (rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus to be exact). You just dump it all in to as hot of a bath as you can stand and sit for 20 mins. 

Well, maybe I was being chicken and was afraid to go all out but this was quite disappointing. The post scared me with all it’s talk about getting dizzy and keeping water nearby to prevent dehydration…serious stuff. 

So, I might have whimped out on the water temp to try to counteract that stuff. But, the bath wasn’t enjoyable at all. It was cold and boring.

Better luck next year when, inevitably, he will be sick again.

What are some of your favorite home remedies for colds, flus and common sickness?


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