If you wake up with a sore throat, and begin to feel a cold coming on, mix hot water, 2-tablespoons honey, 2-tablespoon vinegar, dash of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, mix well, and drink, you will feel better within the hour! Works for me every time!
The Snake Plant, or Mother-in-Law's Tongue, is one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality. The optimal place to keep this relatively inexpensive and low-maintenance plant is the bedroom, because it converts CO2 into oxygen at night.
Keep a Snake Plant in Your Bedroom to Improve the Air Quality While You Sleep
In its roundup of the best cheap plants for improving indoor air quality, Wisebread notes that Mother-in-Law's Tongue is recommended by a NASA study (which lists at least a dozen air-improving plants) and researcher Kamal Meattle, who has shown us that just three common houseplants can improve indoor air.
Meattle says Mother-in-Law's Tongue is known as "the bedroom plant." While most plants take away oxygen at night, this one gives off oxygen at night. The plant also filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. Meattle recommends 6-8 waist-high plants per person for optimal output from this oxygen factory.
FYI: My 5 year old is sick with a cold and flu virus. So I wanted to share some information I found about the Cold and Flu Virus. This virus is going around and so many people have been effected by it.
COLD & FLU
The common cold and seasonal flu have similar symptoms -- both are contagious respiratory illnesses -- but there are a few key differences. A cold is generally milder than the flu, and the flu usually comes with a fever, aches and chills. Colds also come on slower, while the flu usually hits hard and fast. In young children, a fever may accompany their cold because their bodies aren't yet accustomed to fighting off infection without raising their body temperature.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists common cold symptoms as:
Mild body aches or headaches
Flu symptoms include:
Fever (often high)
Runny or stuffy nose
Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
When to Call the Doctor:
If your child is 3 months or younger, call the pediatrician at the first sign of illness. For a cold in a child older than 3 months, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends calling the doctor if:
Nasal mucus persists for longer than ten to fourteen days. William Sears, M.D. notes that if "discharge begins seeping from her eyes as well, it's time to see the doctor. Babies with the eye-nose combo may have both a sinus and an ear infection and likely need antibiotics to treat them."
A cough persists for more than one week
Your child has pain in his ear. This can be tough to discern since signs of ear pain aren't very clear, says Meg Fisher, M.D., the department chair of pediatrics and medical director of the Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. General irritability and fever can be indicators; tugging on the ear, while widely considered a sign of ear pain, is more likely done out of habit than ear discomfort, says Dr. Fisher.
For diarrhea and vomiting, be sure to offer rehydrating drinks like Pedialyte or Gatorade, and small portions of bland foods like rice, noodles, or toast. Call the pediatrician immediately if there is blood or bile in the vomit, or blood in the diarrhea.
Your child has a high fever, or a recurring fever. A high fever means:
For babies 3 months or younger, 100.4ºF or higher
For babies 3 to 6 months, 101.1ºF or higher
For children older than 6 months, 103ºF or higher
Your child is excessively sleepy, lethargic or cranky
If your child exhibits flu symptoms, call the doctor as early as possible; antiviral medication may help if it is given within the first 48 hours of flu signs.