December 12, 2011, - 3:44 pm

Out Sick Today; What Are Your Natural Home Remedies for What Ails Me?

By Debbie Schlussel

Sorry for my absence today.  I was supposed to be in court, but am horribly sick, vomiting everything, including water, which I can’t keep down.  And I have a nasty hacking cough.  Can’t sleep either, though I’ve tried (could be the hot tea I’ve tried).  And I have the chills.  Am trying to get in to see my doctor tomorrow if I don’t get better overnight.


In the meantime, I’ll try to post some stuff to get my mind off projectile vomit and a burning throat. And I’m soliciting your ideas and proven solutions: what do you do when you have a very upset stomach, can’t keep anything down, and have a nasty sore throat? I’ll try (almost) anything (within legal and ethical limitations–and no “eye of newt”–the animal not the GOP candidate–either ‘cuz it’s not kosher).

I’ve asked for your get-well-soon remedies before and some of them worked. So, I’m open to your ideas again. Please post ’em in the comments section.

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72 Responses

Wow if you can’t keep anything down, then perhaps try NOT putting anything in. It sounds like a really bad stomach virus or something similar. If it’s that bad, you may need to try not drinking anything except perhaps a small sip of water to moisten your mouth. If it keeps up, then obviously dehydration is an issue and you should go to your doc or even the ER depending on how bad it is.

It’s not much in the way of advice but I hope it helps!

Sean M on December 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Debbie, what would help me back in my childhood was sweet warm tea and toasted bread. What helps me nowadays is garlic. Chop in small pieces, let dry for 5-10 minutes and consume with water without chewing. That way there will be no smell. This remedy is good as preventive also. Get well!

Yanik on December 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Ginger tea. You can buy ginger tea and brew that or buy a hunk of ginger, peel it, slice it and put it in water and lightly boil it for 10 minutes. The more ginger the stronger the taste. It should be spicy hot. Add sugar or honey to taste and/or lemon.

If you weren’t vomiting, I’d recomment Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew. I drink that almost every day and I don’t get as many colds as I used to. You can buy it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Paycheck for the same price.

Lady in Northern Virginia on December 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I have it too Deb. About all I can handle are Popsicles and an occasional gulp of NyQuil. Hang tough!

#1 Vato on December 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Okay Deb, you need to go to the hospital or the closest clinic. Alternatively, call your doctor, and see if he can prescribe an anti-nausea medicine.

Excessive vomiting can lead to dehydration, brain damage, and death. You have to call the doctor, and get a prescription. A number of drugs will work, and can even come in suppository form if you can’t swallow the pill.

Incidentally, the eye of newt is kosher if it alleviates pain and suffering, because in that case, it is lifesaving. I know, as the doctors implanted pig parts in me (not for my heart, thank G-d).

Get well soon. Michelle Malkin writes like a chimp.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Jon’s right… excessive vomiting is not a good sign.

    With me, its SAD. I feel sleepy in overcast weather and the long nights make difficult to be completely alert.

    Go and see the doctor. It might be a common cold, might be pneumonia. Don’t take chances!

    Get well soon.

    NormanF on December 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Jonathan is correct. You might need an IV just to keep you from dehydrating if this has been going on for more than 24 hours. The doctors can worry about prescriptions AFTER they keep you from dehydrating.

    Barfing once is OK. Barfing for 24 hours straight and going without fluid intake is a dangerous condition. Don’t worry about what’s causing it. Just get to an Immediate Care Clinic (ICC).

    Don’t bring your laptop with you. It’s no good to you if you barf on your keyboard. :+)

    There is NO Santa Claus on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Jonathan is correct. You might need an IV just to keep you from dehydrating if this has been going on for more than 24 hours. The doctors can worry about prescriptions AFTER they keep you from dehydrating.

      He’s right.

      Miranda Rose Smith on December 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

Not sure if you have the flu, but chamomile tea does help with nausea. Hope you feel better FAST.

DS_ROCKS! on December 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Not sure if you have the flu, but chamomile tea does help with nausea. Hope you feel better FAST.

    DS_ROCKS! on December 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm


    Good idea.

    Miranda Rose Smith on December 13, 2011 at 7:59 am

I had a stomach flu 20 years ago and felt like I was going to die. I lost 15 pound and fever over 102. No remedies, just had to sleep it out. You will be in my prayers. Bless you.

CaliforniaScreaming on December 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

You need a Doctors prescription for them but Z-Packs (Zithromax) are the best. You take these med’s over four days, but they start working that same day you take the first dose.

I always ask my doctor for 1 re-fill on my prescription because the second you feel that sickness coming on, start taking them and you won’t get sick.

I’ve been using them for years and always take them with me on vacation just in case. It came in handy two years ago when I visited Israel for the first time.

Take Care.

Jack Barcelo on December 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Refuah shlema Debbie! What about popsicles? They’ll help your throat and hopefully provide some liquid that will stay down. Honey is also great for a cough. And REST!! The best you can. Don’t make me get all Ima on you now. (feel the look?) 🙂

Yael on December 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Debbie, that cold you have will go away very soon, sooner than later. Have you take “TheraFlu” drinks, Alka-Seltzer plus and Halls mints (it helps stops coughing, sore-throats, cools nasal passages, etc.)?

I took all of those the last time I was very sick back in mid-February (that was before you commented on the Lara Logan incident in Egypt), and a few days later, I felt like my old self again and very healthy!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on December 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

An ER nurse gave me this advice when my little boy (now 39) had the same incessant vomiting and I was worried about dehydration. She said have him sip one measuring tablespoon of flat coke (no fizz); if he keeps that down for 20 minutes, try two tablespoons – and so on. The syrup coats the stomach and calms the vomiting reflex. I’ve relied on that for years to get vomiting under control and I keep a can of Coca-Cola around the house just in case. It really works.

Jean Hirschler on December 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm


    In the absence of medical care, your recommendation is the consensus home remedy.

    I’m not exactly sure whether sugar or sugar-free is the best option. I forget. It’s been a long time since I was treated for something like this.

    There is NO Santa Claus on December 13, 2011 at 12:13 am

over the years
i have found that nothing
absolutely nothing
works better than vitamin w

what is vitamin w
you ask

in alt anglische
it was called


we know it now as


prestigio on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

For the burning throat: mix Maalox with sore throat spray and gargle it. The Maalox thickens it so it sticks to your throat a little better. If you are able to go to the drug store, get some liquid (children’s) benedryl and mix that in too (it reduces inflammation). A pharmacist mixed this up for me (at a doctor’s request) and called it magic mouthwash.

Hope you are better soon.

mominminnesota on December 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

If your’e up to the dry heaves you need to get the electrolyte balance back up and the best thing for that believe it or not is Gator-ade. The sugar in it also tends to calm the stomach too. Just start by sipping a little at time until you can keep it down. If this doesn’t work you will need to get to the emergency room and get an IV.

Richard on December 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Tea is usually good in small amounts as other commenters have said; maybe slight amounts of Pepto Bismol. See a doctor soon, and avoid dehydration.

And in future years, if you haven’t done so up till now, make sure to get flu shots in the early fall. When you’re able to get down food, sherbet, chicken soup, and if you can eat mild Stouffer dinners like Escalloped Chicken, or Tuna with Noodles, or Kosher equivalent, they’re usually good to start into food again. And also, toast, as has been mentioned.

Little Al on December 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm

And if you have chills, it probably is the flu and you should see the doctor unless there is immediate improvement overnight.

Little Al on December 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

go to the doctor, woman!

KIRCHE on December 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

This is what I did with my kids. You only have a couple of sips of water per hour (nothing else). When you can keep the water down, then you can have more water. If you keep that down, you can have tea with lemon and honey and then progress to homemade (if possible) chicken soup. When you tolerate these liquids, then and only then, can you begin to eat!

You have a bad flu, stomach and the other kind. Only time will make you better.

But I hope you feel better soon 🙂

Karen on December 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Make sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly after each spell of nausea.. The hydrocloric acid from the vomiting eats the enamel of your teeth.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Did the sore throat occur before or after the vomiting? If before then did you eat any raw vegetables say 24 to 48 hours before the symptoms appeared? Are you having any pain in your sides?

If you can’t keep anything down and didn’t have a sore throat and no fever beforehand then I’m thinking food poisoning. Salmonella or something similar. If it is that then, considering your age, you should be OK within 24 hours.

To be safe though, as always, seek medical attention. Especially if symptoms
persist or worsen.

Just guessing Deb. Get rest and take care of yourself.

MMA man on December 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Get to the doctor before these old wives tale remedies kill you. Perhaps it will turn out to be a net-positive, like morning sickness.


Simon H Gedney on December 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Morning sickness? Hahaha!
Sorry. That was funny. When was the last time you had a really nice vacation Deborah? I think you’ve been working too hard lately and have been under stress for some time. I prescribe two weeks in a nice Hawaiian resort as soon as you get to feeling better.

MMA man on December 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Feel better DS! And all the infirm Schlussel-istas out there!

Skunky on December 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Stay away from Hawaii.
Terrible events are forthcoming
in the near future.

One term is enough on December 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Sounds like you have the flu.
Take a lot of fluids. Including chicken soup.

lexi on December 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm

It’s probably Norovirus, “Stomach flu.” Very common, especially in Winter. Highly contagious.
It feels like you’re going to die, but it usually lasts only a day or two.
CDC has a good article on it:

Main danger is dehydration. Start with very small amounts of carbonated drinks, Coca Cola, Ginger Ale, Seltzer water, etc.

AND DON’T EAT ANYTHING!!!!!!!!! (for at least a day)
eating will just prolong it.

Certainly check with a doctor to make sure you’re not severely dehydrating or that it’s not something like Salmonella or E Coli, but if it’s viral there’s not much treatment available.
Kick back and rest.

Davy Crockitt on December 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I think you’ve gotten good advice already so I will just say get well soon!!!

Stephen Schochet on December 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Get well soon, Debbie.

G-d bless you.

JeffE on December 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Probiotics…. open up a capsule of probiotic in your mouth to stop the vomiting. Colloidial silver is a good natural antiobiotic. You can take both at the same time to knock it out. Take probiotic dailey to build up immune system. Buy good probiotic stored in refrigerator or freezer. It is live bacteria.

Larry on December 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

One more thing, Debbie.

1) Drink hot tea with one of the flavors suggested by the above commenters.

2) See your doctor.

JeffE on December 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hope you’re feeling better. If you are still vomiting by the time you read this, then it’s time to go to the ER or other ambulatory care center for a thorough evaluation.

BilboBaggins on December 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm

If you can’t hold down water, get to an immediate care center (ICC) as fast as you can. You can become dehydrated.

If you’re reluctant to go to an ICC, try SLOWLY sipping some diet Coca Cola (or Pepsi if you prefer). 7-UP is also worth trying. If you still can’t hold that down, get to the ICC as fast as you can.

Don’t mess with this, Deb! The actual cause of this might not be serious, but if you can’t hold down liquids, you’re in immediate danger. This is double-true if you live alone.

You can NOT go much more than 24 hours without taking in fluids so just get to an ICC and stop blogging. We will survive without your wisdom for a day or two.

And DON’T bring your laptop to the ICC waiting room. Your laptop is no good to you if you barf on your keyboard. :+)

There is NO Santa Claus on December 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Debbie, TRY and drink hot lemon water, with half a spoon of honey and grated fresh ginger. Ginger is a natural anti-emetic. Your gastro-intestinal tract and mainly your transverse colon needs a detox which lemon juice, honey and cayenne pepper in a cup filled with hot water will remedy. Sounds awful but your colon is toxifying your system. Gargle as many times as you can stand it with hot salt water. Grated apple that is turning slightly brownish is also good to take after vomiting. Keep your head cool with a cold face cloth on your forehead and another across the back of the neck. After feeling slightly better keep off dairy products which cause mucous, return to normal diet when 500% well. Chicken soup the old Jewish panacea is tops especially inhaling the vapours. Mashed banana will restore the potassium levels lost to vomiting. Under no circumstance go near a doctor who wants to give you the ‘flu injection…..
Lie in a dark room and get the hunk to rub your chest, back and under your feet with Vicks Vapour rub.
I join the long list of well wishes for a speedy recovery.

Eyes Wide Open on December 13, 2011 at 12:35 am


In my experience, whenever I get a cold, a spicy Thai soup is what I use – it typically gives a great deal of relief, and is light and not filling. Am not sure about whether it’s kosher, though.

I’d see a doc ASAP and take some rest.

Infidel on December 13, 2011 at 4:56 am

rat poisen will work just fine

kay on December 13, 2011 at 7:47 am

    rat poisen will work just fine

    kay on December 13, 2011 at 7:47 am


    I believe you mean “rat poison,” you (sic) woman.

    Debbie, have you tried hot milk and honey? Ginger ale? Hot rea with lemon and a little snort of brandy? Chicken broth? A good long sleep? Feel better soon.

    Miranda Rose Smith on December 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

    rat poisen will work just fine

    kay on December 13, 2011 at 7:47 am


    I believe you mean “rat poison,” you (sic) woman.

    Debbie, have you tried hot milk and honey? Ginger ale? Hot tea with lemon and a little snort of brandy? Chicken broth? A good long sleep? Feel better soon.

    Miranda Rose Smith on December 13, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Kay, you are a sick, pathetic, disgusting and evil person for saying such stuff. Then again, I expect such behavior and rhetoric from the so-called RoP (religion of peace). As Debbie herself and one poster (Norman F) would say, “you stay classy”, stay classy Kay!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on December 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

Nyquil and a shot of Jack Daniels.

Good luck and no vomiting on your keyboard:)

The Radio Jihad Network on December 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

When you are already sick with a sore throat, suck on zinc lozenges. Look in the cough drop area of the drug store, indeed, ask the counter personnel for help. There are also zinc supplement tables that you could chew or suck on. Be aware that there may be a bunch of cough drop selections, but only one or very few zinc lozenges selections. Therefore you may have to hunt a bit. I don’t recall if you are to actually lay off the Vitamin C once already sick. You can research that one relative to the usage of zinc.

On the other hand, if you sense that you’ve been in an infectious situation,(forgot to wash your hands before eating a sandwich or finger food, or you handled menus and catchup bottles, hell, just the waiters bringing you your drink with their grubby hands can be a problem), then before you take sick, take a few extra Vitamin C. Maybe get the chewable ones and let the acid eat on the germs.

To get picky, carry a squirt bottle of alcohol and wipe down the outside of your drinking glass, and in particular you can use it with a napkin to clean your hands before eating. It can also be handy for use in bathrooms if you carry a few spare napkins in your purse. Refill the screw-top squeeze bottle at home from the larger store-bought bottle.

To avoid trouble in general, always be sure your hands are clean before eating food with them. Watch your sources of germ intake including around the house. Door knobs and handles, especially brass ones outside like on the front door can build up grunge which should be scoured off. Disinfect cabinet door handles in the kitchen, especially after having been sick.

Phil Lipofsky on December 13, 2011 at 9:16 am


You need a dose of Chicken Soup…also known as “Jewish Penicillin”

It can’t hurt…

Shootist on December 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

Whenever I’ve had the flu, gatorade or another similar ‘sport drink’ really helps me feel better….replaces needed electrolites I guess. Hope you feel better soon hon.

Janis on December 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

Debbie – I’m currently working on my fifth book entitled, ‘My Physician – My Self’ (…late 2012 release.) I personally had chronic a chronic virus condition for most of my adult life until becoming religious about (excerpt from book)what you’ll read below. I’ve since had three one-day colds in the past ten years. Also – get to the drugstore and pick up a product called EMETROL. It isn’t a drug…only liquid glucose, and will counter any nausea from any source. When you’re well, nix the dairy product and most of the rest of the animal product. Feel better.


1–Plan on a full 48 hour fast. Your only nourishment will be water (preferably mineral water), Chicken broth, and natural green drinks (no concentrates—no additives), that you can get at TJs.
2–Take approximately 15,000 mgs of Vitamin C each day—about 3,000mg every three or so hours.
3–If your energy level feels otherwise okay, then workout or run for ½ to one full hour…Not absolutely necessary, but very helpful. If your head feels heavy, and you feel like you need rest, then stay away from exercise—you need rest.
4–If you belong to a health club, sauna for about ½ hour making sure to drink water copiously while in the sauna. Wrap yourself and dry off very thoroughly so you don’t get chilled.
5—If you can, sleep and rest while sitting upright. This will help your cold drain.

Steps 1 and 2 are absolutes. Try to do at least one of steps 3-5, but as long as you don’t break your fast by having solid food (especially-especially-especially, any animal product) you should knock your cold out within 48 hours, easily.

shegundala on December 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

    PS …And please, if this is a sudden attack – no more than a day or two of discomfort, no doctors, IVs or the like. You’re not dieing. The more you self-regulate the helathier and stronger you’ll become. Debbie, I’ve helped many people out with the suggested remedy I gave you. If you want to discuss it further you have my email address. Feel free to contact me.

    shegundala on December 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

Deb, may I recommend a nice shot of apricot brandy (sipped). I love ya.

bjr118 on December 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

Hi Debbie, I hope you’re feeling better. This won’t help you now but for the future try taking Zycam the minute you feel something coming on. It combats the virus immediately before the virus travels and picks up steam in your system.

Jay on December 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

Hi Debbie, I hope you get well soon!!!

Dave Koffer on December 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Every time I get the flu – and I’m quite sure you got it – my attitude is “I’d rather be dead than sick”.

I hate being sick. It sucks.

So here’s my “better living through chemistry” cure…

1) Take 2 extra strength aspirin for the pain.
2) Extra strength Maalox for that tummy.
3) Buckley’s Mixture – I SWEAR BY THAT STUFF. It has no alcohol, artificial ingredients and is completely Kosher!
4) Take a good warm shower and brush your teeth. You’ll feel better and look better too.
5) Get some soothing music. No death metal or anything like that. Just some spacey ambient stuff.
6) Soup is always good. Toast with tea, chicken soup, cold FLAT (as in de-carbonated) pop – they call help to starve the flu.

If all else fails, get your tochis to the nearest quack.

Why mollycoddle your illness. Declare Jihad on it and you’ll be much better.

Get well, eh?

The Reverend Jacques on December 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Just puke/cough/hack it all up. It’s countless years worth of bile and venom from your rabid bigotry and slander trying to work its way out of your system.

Dr. Panacea on December 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Hope you are feeling better today. Fluids are all important and it doesn’t make a different what although my MD always advocates the sports drinks.

Naomi R on December 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Go to doc and get Ondansetron: “oral solution tabs” like Listerine tabs. Takes the edge off or gets rid of the the rolling nausea and prevents further dehydration. Useful for puking migraines as well. Eat grapes and melon (sugar and water type fruits and if it makes you sick again its easier to tolerate), ice water -only a little at a time- better to get rid of something than get stress muscle pulls from dry heaves.

Cathy on December 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Lot’s of Garlic.
” Chicken Soup”
Its good for what ails you!

Also, you can buy “ground chicken” to make tiny “chicken balls” to add to the soup.
Just add some seasoning, lots of chopped up garlic [in each ball] and cook them in soup. Try it, you’ll like it!
Get Well soon! Dan (a shot of booze wouldn’t hurt)

Dansmith1954 on December 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

1 cup of brandy
2ounces of honey
a splash or two of lime or lemon jiuce
nuke until hot. sip symptoms should clear after an hour. Bayer Asprin for temp control.

Drakken on December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Actually, yes—the brandy. Virus is especially susceptible to alcohol q.v., typically, the “wino” passed out in the gutter will suffer any number of bacterial disease, though not virus.

    The alcohol will work on the virus in the stomach—don’t nuke it til it’s just too hot.

    The 2 aspirin every 4hr., or whatever, must not be the typical Bayer, but rather, enteric aspirin. Enteric aspirin has a coating which allows it to pass through the stomach, thus precluding acid irritation there.

    Also, every virus dies at 105deg.f. Then, your skin being your largest organ of excretion, it’s trying to get rid of the virus; so, in a hot shower, you can get spots and large areas of your skin pink at something over 106, say, 110deg., killing off massive swaths of the virus, . . .

    When you again have control over your stomach, yes, the chicken broth and garlic—no raw vegetable anything, the enzymes are too strong; and chamomile tea and ginger is useful; and, I take some 7up, . . . I hope it’s good for me, . . .

    Finally, the story of the businessman in Chicago, in the flu of 1918-19, who circulated through the skyscraper which he owned that, everyone was to take bicarbonate of soda in warm water, with aspirin, and no one in his skyscraper died—that formulation becoming the basis for Alka-Seltzer and Miles Laboratories.

    And, while all of this is a kind of miracle cure, when you suddenly feel better, don’t just sit down to chocolate cupcakes and milk—you’re not so well as you feel—give yourself some time—and, not to be measured in hours, . . .

    PhillipGaley on December 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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