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Stomach virus got you down? Alternative ideas to help inside.

I don’t know about you, but the norovirus is prevalent in the Northeast right now. Every couple of days, someone else was sick. No matter how much we washed our hands, didn’t touch our face…we still spread it around.
Now that I am feeling better, let’s see what I can do to help anyone else out there.


The diet was B.R.A.T: Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.


The beverage of choice was ginger ale; at first the store-bought, then homemade ginger syrup with the SodaStream.

Ginger Syrup
Ingredients:
2 Cups chopped ginger root ( I don’t bother peeling)
2 cups sugar
6 cups water
Directions:
Bring to a boil and simmer until reduced to 2 cups liquid, approximately 1 ½ hours.
Strain. Cool. Freeze in small containers of ¼ – ½ cup per container.
To use: mix ¼ cup syrup to 1 qt carbonated water.

To prepare ahead, make a ginger tincture which modulates bloating and stomach pain.
The folk method is as follows:
Grate ginger and place in mason jar to ½ full.
Cover with 80-100 proof vodka.
Let sit 4-6 weeks, shake daily.
Strain, bottle and label.
Dose: 20-40 drops diluted in water 3 x a day.


I also have an herbal tea blend that I used, or any brand Ginger-lemon tea works well. Chamomile is great at soothing what ails you.

Ginger-lemon herbal tea
Tea blend to make ahead:
2 Tbsp. lemon verbena
1 Tbsp. lemon grass
1 Tbsp. lemon balm
To make:
1 tsp. ginger, grated
2 cups water (almost boil)
Steep 4-10 minutes depending on the amount of ginger and your taste.
Gut healing blend tea
Equal parts Calendula, chamomile.
¼ part plantain, ½ part meadowsweet.
Steep 2 Tbsp. per quart of water for 30 minutes.
Drink throughout the day until symptoms disappear.


Stop the diarrhea tea
1 Tbsp. red raspberry leaves dried, and crushed
8 oz. hot water
Steep 20 minutes. Drink 1-3 cups per day.


Hopefully, some of these herbal remedies help anyone out there battling the norovirus.

Crystal.

He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:6