February 1, 2010, - 9:32 pm

What Are Your Home Remedies for My Illness?

By Debbie Schlussel

I’ve been violently ill all day long and couldn’t keep anything down, including hot chai tea (maybe the pepper in it is too much?).  So what should I do?  I’m afraid to even drink water, as that didn’t stay down either, nor did the orange juice (but it was blood red orange juice–my favorite, so it’s a little stronger than the normal kind).  But I’m soooooo thirsty.  And I have the chills.  I tried to watch mindless TV, but even that made me sick.  You have no idea how many food commercials there are until the mere sight of any solid food makes you ill.  Yuck. Plus my biceps and shoulders kill from an hour of push-ups and pull-ups at the gym, yesterday. I know, whine, whine, whine, but I really feel crappy, and that’s how I cope.


What are your home remedies?  I’m almost thinking of drinking some cheap wine (Manischewitz Blackberry–as bad a rap as Manischewitz gets, it’s not bad), so I’ll be able to fall asleep.  What do you suggest?  The last time I asked readers for suggestions for my world class cold, I tried several of your remedies, and they worked like a charm, helping ease my illness and up my comfort level and energy.  I have a bottle of seltzer water in my fridge, but I’m afraid to drink it, given my experiences earlier in the day.

So what should I do?  I’ll try anything and everything.  Almost.

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74 Responses

Original Gatorade, even diluted with water if you don’t like the taste. Crackers to at least put something in the belly. Ginger ale, and/or Coke (not pepsi). Chicken soup, or Mrs. Grass. Love Mrs. Grass soup. I’ll put a blanket and pillow right on the bathroom floor by the toilet. A big stew pot by the bed is useful once the initial raging barf/runs subsides a bit. I hate that flu business. Get well soon. It’s hard to imagine looking at a keyboard when your heads spinning.

Joe on February 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

Jewish penicillin! Otherwise known as chicken soup…

Eliezer on February 2, 2010 at 10:44 am


Bill Warner on February 2, 2010 at 11:37 am

Oh by the way you said you worked out at the gym. There are a lot of germs on those machines. Carry 2 towels one for yourself and the other with bleach or lysol to wash off before you get on the machines. You may have captured a germ off those machines.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 2, 2010 at 11:53 am

My mom always recommends for a sensitive stomach, pour a little coke or diet coke in a glass (your preference) and let it go flat and then sip it. It always helps us when we can’t keep anything down. Hope you feel better!

shortylion on February 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

When you can’t keep water down that’s dangerous. Chicken soup and saltine crackers are the best when you can keep something down. 400mg each of vitamin C & E in the morning and night with food cures a host of health related problems. I hope you feel better.

BernardL on February 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Flat ginger ale and gatorade. Saltine crackers. You need salt.

Fleiter on February 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I don’t have any remedies that haven’t already been offered (ginger ale being the best) but I sure hope the worst of it has passed and you’re feeling better today.

DG in GA on February 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

How long before you get your flu shots so your immune system is boostered? How much longer will you suffer before succombing to the truth that you need vaccine?

I fought it until 53. Since that time (7 yrs) I have been first in line to get the shot!

goldenmike4393 on February 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

If you are ill, running a fever AND you can’t hold down liquids of any kind, you should see a physician; the sooner the better. It doesn’t take long to get dehydrated so don’t mess around with this.

There is NO Santa Claus on February 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Have no remedies other than what’s been offered already. Get well soon.

Lee in the US on February 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    This works like a charm .
    – 1 Teaspoon of tepid water every 5 minutes. for about
    15 min. Then 1 tablespoon every 5 min.for about 15 minutes. Then 2 tablespoons every 5 min. for 15 min.
    Then continue to do same with the following clear broth (preferably vegetable broth).Then add some cooked white rice to the broth. This will keep you hydrated, your stomach will settle and you gradually introduce solids.

    NML on February 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm


We send this to clients who are not feeling well, they all have thanked us for it. I would send you one, but I don’t know where to send it….hope you get better soon.

Penelope27 on February 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Drop your rejection/objection/grudge of Islamists, Sarah Palin, anti-israelists or anything for a while. Let go of the need to change the world for a while, let all be what they are being for a while. Let go all, allow, relax, lay down, rest while breathing deeply. Then you’ll be able to drink, drink somewhat hot water, if possible drink a lot. Also if possible, get lots of Vitamin C.

That’s how I solve most of my problem. No drugs, no vaccines.

SpicaChang on February 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Mexican food. Drink lots of water. Thai salad, 3 stars. Drink lots of water. Steam bath. Stay warm. Drink lots of water. Chicken broth. No milk. Have your boyfriend rub your feets. Maybe a little red wine. No TV. Watch An Affair To Remember and pretend Rosie O’Donnell is visiting you. Not! Think positve thoughts and call us in the morning. L’chaim.

Bobby, the Zionist Gentile on February 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm

this is an accupressure remedy for clearing the stomach
either side….
rt side: left hand on right shoulder, right hand holds very top of back of right thigh near bottom of butt. hold for as long as you can, sometimes 20 minutes…
it is a great cure for all stomach issues… you can hold one side and then the other..
NO PRESSURE is necessary.
hope you try it, with patience and it works for you.

shelley piser on February 3, 2010 at 12:22 am

Any sport drink should help you! Dehydration drenches the power away> rehydrate your self.

Harold on February 3, 2010 at 12:30 am

Do not rule out that you may have accidentally, or otherwise, ingested something bad, or even poisonous. I’d see a doctor as your risk profile is different than the avg. Jo. In which case a detox is needed first. You may have developed an adult-onset food allergy. You may have a bug.

If store bought, or if at Stabux, stop with the store bought chai tea, which is mostly frog vomit (IMHO) compared to the real deal.

(1) Emergency: Boil some rice until soft and drink half a glass of the rice water. Optional: Grate some apple into it. Works on the same principle as stopping “dire-rear”.

Here are 2 tea recipes (no chai for upset tummy!)

(2) Tridoshic Tea for digestion

Spice Mix:
1 clean, dry 8oz. glass jar
2 oz. whole fennel seed
2 oz. whole cumin seed OR cumin seed powder
2 oz. ground coriander seed
I add 1/4 t mango powder to this.

To make a tea: Make spice mix with seeds only. Boil 2 cups water, add 1 heaping Tbs. of Tridoshic Spice Mix (seeds only). Grind seeds with water in blender and strain. Good digestive aid. Settles stomach.

(3) Tridoshic tea to balance system:
(Note no ginger in above, too strong when already upset!)

1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix the spice together and use 1 pinch per cup of boiling hot water when making tea. Tridoshic, so works for all body types.

[Ginger (high in Gingerol) and dried Ginger (high in Shogaol) will have different effects.]

Good luck. I’m off to find out why the ppl who started the no fly terrorist lists are also those who started the airport scanner machines business.

Anna on February 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I have no suggestions other than to say it might be good to go to the doctor, if you can. I am reading this two days later, so I hope you feel better by now.

BethesdaDog on February 4, 2010 at 12:12 am

Black tea and dry toast and/or 7-up to sooth the upset stomach and when you’re feeling you can keep food down, start taking 1-2,000 IU of Vitamin D each day to strengthen your immune system to avoid the evil flu and all it’s variations.

CiCi on February 5, 2010 at 1:47 am

I had migraines that were debilitating in my 20s and 30s. I was hospitalized several times. They were very infrequent, but very nasty. My doctor recommended I take 4-200mg Ibuprofen at the first signs of a pending attack, lay down, and close my eyes. The first signs for me are my vision distorts. It works for me. Not really a home remedy, but for over ten years I have not incurred a nasty migraine.

I hope you get well soon.

Paul Duggan on August 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

chicken soup definitely or warm water with honey and lemon. Feel better!

rochelle on September 20, 2011 at 4:06 am

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