I went to a lecture this week on "The Healing Kitchen" with Andrea Candee at the Natural Gourmet Institute. It was a comprehensive overview of herbal and natural remedies found easily in ones kitchen. One of them, I got a chance to try out last night. Andrea Candee said that if your child has a bad cough you can slice an onion and put it next to the bed and the sulfur from the onion will help to reduce the cough. Altenatively, you can wrap slices of onion in cheesecloth and place it on their chest if the cough is really bad. It's a smelly, but completely natural treatment for a sleeping child who has a hacking cough. I tried it at 10:30 pm and it did seem to make the constant cough disappear. "What is that smell?" my husband asked about the heinous onion smell he discovered in the morning. My son actually ended up in bed with us at 3 am, but he wasn't coughing anymore.
I now have a notebook full of healing remedies and it is amazing once you have these remedies how opportunities arise to use them. What fun to have a new, natural toolbox to use as a first aid kit. Andrea Candee gives a two our lecture at the Natural Gourmet Institute and a four hour lecture at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden coming up on March 26th from 10-2:30 pm. Her website also has an events calendar of where she is speaking.