It's been five days, so I thought I would check in regarding the home remedies I have been trying since Tuesday. (original post here)
Raw Garlic - Went fine the first day or so, by day 3 - it was like the 3rd day of cough medicine, even the thought of taking and chewing the clove made me shudder. I felt like I smelled of garlic. However, I stuck with it. Whatever it did to the breastmilk, the chewy tot did not seem to mind.
Special "tea" of hot water, honey, lemon, cider vinegar and cayenne - Didn't taste nearly as bad as one would think. I drank about 5-6 cups worth each day starting Monday evening through Friday, and am having a mug tonight (Saturday) before bed. It really clears the sinuses and soothes the throat.
But, what you want to know.... did it work?
Well, about 95% of the time, any cold I get ends up in my chest and into full blown bronchitis. I can tell I'm getting better, and believe (and hope!) I am past and have avoided that stage this time. I feel like the combination of the garlic and tea worked at least as well if not better than traditional over the counter cold meds. I have no scientific proof, but I know that is all I've done differently. I do know that I will definitely give it a go again next time I have a cold.
I am not 100% back up to par yet - but as mentioned, believe I'm on my way there. As I would with OTC meds - I'll start easing up on the remedies unless I feel the symptoms worsening again.