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This cough, cold and flu season if you’re looking for a new twist on a cough syrup, consider trying Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Honey Cough Syrup.
If you have a cough, consider taking a tasty trip to Tahiti with ingredients in your refrigerator. For centuries, people have used honey as a natural cough suppressant and this treat might be just what your throat is craving for your cough.
Tahitian cough syrup? Really!
I was inspired to create this honey cough syrup recipe by a Tahitian Limeade I had in Hawaii this summer. I’ve also created a few variations for kids to help them stay hydrated while helping to suppress their pesky coughs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents of children over the age of one try honey as a cough suppressant.
Research shows what Moms know
Research from Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 showed that honey was an effective and natural alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine. The study found that a small dose of honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications.
Menopause is that one magical day when a woman hasn’t had any menstrual bleeding for 12 months. The following day, she is considered post-menopausal. Women may experience menopause starting in their 40s or 50s. The average age is 51.
What most of us consider menopause is actually Peri-menopause, or as I call it, the Hormonal Roller Coaster. This is the time in life when periods are erratic, symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats begin and women start to feel more fatigued, notice some leaking urine, less sex drive and more wrinkles. (more…)
I’m reading Atul Gawande’s book Mortality and thought I’d share a story about how I care for my patients as they continue on life’s journey.
Katherine was one of my favorite patients. I met her when she was in her early 70’s and cared for her well into her 90’s. She was a breast cancer survivor and we were monitoring her bone health because she, like 1 in ?? women after menopause had developed osteoporosis. As she aged, our conversations changed. At each visit, she not only provided updates of her medical history, all of her new medications but I also heard the latest on her kids, saw the school photos of her grandkids, and best of all, listened to some of the best travel stories and advice before Trip Advisor was ever created. She and her husband took full advantage of retirement and managed 2- 3 trips each year to exotic locations I could only dream of.
I learned from caring for Katherine to live every moment. She brought in smudged black and white photos of her family smiling in their black rubber boots about to board a sea-plane in the early 60’s in the wilds of Alaska. I remember her telling me about a trip to St. Petersburg when she was 92, and how much she loved going back to visit Paris. “I love to walk wherever I go, the only thing that stops me now, is sometimes I get out of breath as I get older.”
When it comes to managing cancer pain, it is important to take time to consider the various options that might work best for you or your loved one. There are many factors to consider that sometimes might get overlooked until we find our loved one so sedated from pain medication that all they can do is sleep. Pain medications are strong, they act differently with different people and may leave some people feeling better, but so out of it that they can’t concentrate, or they may be confused, drowsy or feel intoxicated.
The key is to find a way to manage pain and also to try to help the person stay alert enough to enjoy their lives and the activities that have meaning for them. We also want to anticipate any pain flares or what’s know as Breakthrough Pains. These are often described as intense bouts of pain that occur when a person is already on a routine of regular prescription pain relief medications. This is often seen with opioid-based painkillers, like those containing codeine, morphine, or oxycodone. (more…)
Honey is a natural solution for Winter’s Challenges
It has been an unrelenting winter so far, and even if you’re not in the path of the polar vortex of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, you’re probably dealing with a few challenges that are common in the winter season. For my patients, family, friends and neighbors, honey is one of my favorite natural defense secrets, especially when it comes to those nagging coughs that are more common during cold and flu season.
What about coughs?
For years, I’ve been using honey and recommending it to my family and patients to help suppress coughs naturally. Research from Penn State College of Medicine shows that honey is an effective cough suppressant and is just as effective as over-the-counter cough remedies. In fact, the research also shows that honey helps children with a cough, sleep through the night. I always keep my pantry stocked with plenty of honey. My son knows to reach for honey when he has a cough. Over the years I have found that because honey eased his cough, he could get back to sleep and so could I!
Honey Cough Syrup
When I was a kid and had a cough, my mom used to mix up some honey and lemon with hot water to help soothe the irritation caused by coughing. With just four natural ingredients, my Honey Cough Syrup is a favorite with friends, family, neighbors and patients. You can look up my Honey Cough Syrup at www.honey.com. For children who dislike taking medication, why not try my Frozen Honey Coughsicle recipe?
What About Skin Care In Winter?
With biting cold wind and dry heat at home, the winter can leave your skin dry and cracked. Amazingly enough, the same natural ingredient that I recommend to help suppress coughs also doubles as my favorite moisturizer: honey. For years, I noticed that honey was an ingredient in some of my favorite lip balms and moisturizers, and for good reason. History tells us that honey is a natural moisturizer that’s been used for centuries to help keep skin smooth, soft and glowing. (more…)
I was just drinking my coffee this morning and got a frantic call from a friend. He just met someone who is fabulous and he’s very attracted to her, there’s just one complication. She told him she has herpes and he’s petrified. Now what? He doesn’t want to risk getting the infection.
Help! My new boyfriend or girlfriend has Herpes
This is a scenario that gets repeated thousands of times every day. So if you’re in this situation, you’re not alone and here’s what you need to know. (more…)
I was talking to 2 friends the other day, who both had double mastectomies for advanced breast cancer. Kim and (not their real names) had complete reconstruction and neither one had been able to save their nipples.
They were both talking about how difficult it is to have one nipple that’s horizontal and points straight ahead like a headlight, and the other that’s off in it’s own direction, like a wandering and wayward child.
Did you know that for a significant percentage of people with Bells Palsy that the symptoms are caused by the Herpes Virus? That’s right, Herpes Simplex Virus type 1, HSV-1, is associated with up to 80% of cases of Bells Palsy. The virus attacks the facial nerve and causes inflammation and paralysis. The person is unable to move many of the muscles in the cheek, lip, eyelid and forehead which results in a drooping of that side of the face.
When I was growing up, my mother told me that fish was good for your brain. I don’t know where she heard that, but it stuck with me. Until we moved to Alaska, where we ate the salmon, halibut and Dolly Varden trout that we caught, my fish diet was limited to Fish Sticks on Friday and my favorite choice at McDonalds, the Filet-o-Fish sandwich.