Many of us have experienced the “season” of sickness this winter (or even summer in our case), whether COVID or something else, and health has been a big focus of the world’s attention for awhile, for obvious reasons. We know, as followers of Jesus, that health is not in any way our focus or our goal, but there are a couple things that I have learned while in South Africa that have been very helpful, general things during different bouts of illness.  

Some of you may find this interesting, and others might pass it by, but I enjoy sharing things that have been helpful to us and appreciate when others do the same.  So, here are my 4 general tips…


    1.  A hot toddy is an incredible help for a chest cough/bronchial issues.  Hot Toddy receipe:  a tot of brandy, a teaspoon of honey, the juice of half a lemon, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon (or more) of fresh grated ginger.  Mix together and heat on the stove or in the microwave until warm and drink before sleep.  I had heard of a “hot toddy” used more jokingly than anything else, but having partaken of one in South Africa regularly before sleep while having COVID as well as a couple subsequent chest colds, it really helps…with coughing as well as with soothing the chest and taking down the inflammation.
    2. Nebulization is a HUGE help if you are prone to lung illness.  I had never even heard of nebulization before the COVID days, but it was incredibly significant in recovery.  Since that time, when a chest infection starts to form, we bring out the nebulizer.  There are different kinds of medicine that can go into the nebulizer, from natural things, to mild medicine to more significant steroids.  Depending on each situation and on what the doctor prescribes as well as your own body propensities, it can be VERY helpful for staying healthy or getting healthy.  
    3.  Vicks is amazing for sinus issues.  I learned from a friend in South Africa who struggles with her sinuses that if you dissolve a teaspoon of Vicks in boiling water and then put a towel over your head and breathe for a minute or two (2-3 times a day, depending on severity of issue), it can help clear up a sinus infection before it even begins.  I have tried it, and it WORKS!  It’s worth a shot!
    4. Chicken Noodle Soup is a very helpful and healthy food for the sick.  It is nourishing in every way.  I found a recipe that is better than any that I have had before (as it self-proclaims 😀), with many healthy ingredients and so I tried it.  We have made it again and again, I have had during our own times of illness as well as to deliver it to friends who have been sick.  For all of you who are interested and may find it useful, here is the recipe:  The Best Chicken Noodle Soup You’ll Ever Eat.  I substitute whole wheat noodles instead of the suggested couscous, but I’m sure both are great!

Just a few tips from our house to yours for a healthier winter season, we pray!