So I'm nursing her the best I can since it started as a regular cold and has now seized her stomach. When my youngest daughter, my husband, or I get sick, we'll do, drink, or eat just about anything to make it go away. My oldest daughter... not so much. But I'm trying. I prefer natural remedies over cold and flu medications which always seem (in my opinion) to make things worse and can sometimes have the adverse effect on each of us.
So, it's lots of tea (chamomile or mint to soothe the tummy, with honey to soothe the throat), lots of water (gulps of gallons of it with a cold, sips of as much as you can tolerate with a stomach ache), small meals, lots of rest, and a nice cool cloth for your head. Not only will it help bring down a fever, but it can also settle the stomach.
If you're suffering from a cold, try my not-so-tasty cold remedy:
Combine 1 tablespoon of raw honey, a 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper (or grated ginger) and a good squeeze of fresh lemon in a cup of hot water. It will help open up nasal passages and sweat the cold out. (And don't foget to use a Neti pot. It's a great way to relieve congestion and wash away germs!)
Here are some other remedies I've found for the stomach flu:
- http://www.ingodseconomy.com/natural-remedies-for-the-stomach-flu/ (I agree with the cold cloth remedy and eating yogurt with live cultures.)
- http://www.findhomeremedy.com/wonderful-remedies-for-stomach-flu/ (All great tips, though I'm not familiar with elderberry.)
- http://cookitallergyfree.com/blog/2013/01/how-to-prevent-the-stomach-flu-naturally/ (I'm a huge fan of apple cider vinegar. Try 2 teaspoons of Bragg's raw unfiltered brand combined with 2 teaspoons of organic honey. It's a great way to get rid of toxins and to balance your pH level.)
- http://www.mindfullyfrugalmom.com/2012/01/an-ounce-of-prevention-how-i-kick-the-stomach-flu-in-the-balls/ (And if you have someone in your home is suffering from the stomach flu, I found this remedy to keep it from spreading to others, though I've never tried it myself.)