Wednesday, November 26

GOOT - natural remedy for colds and more!

We've fallen behind the last couple weeks because our fellas have been under the weather. But thankfully they are finally on the mend. It's never fun when kids are sick, and it's especially not fun trying to decide when it's time to get out the medicine or go to the doctor. Fortunately this time we were able to avoid both, and today I'm sharing one of our favorite home remedies that has helped us through many such sicknesses (you can see our list of remedies and make some immune-boosting elderberry syrup here).

GOOT is the name of the game. A simple mix of garlic, coconut oil, and olive oil, it boasts some great healing properties! Garlic is a natural antibiotic that doesn't carry the bad flora associated with conventional antibiotics and applying this salve to your skin allows the garlic to tranfer to your bloodstream. This makes it great for treating all kinds of sickness and infections! You can read more about the benefits here. But of course, always consult your doctor!

GOOT is so easy to make! In fact usually whip it up in the middle of the night when someone is suddenly sick. It takes just a few minutes in a blender. Here's what you need:
  • 1/4 c. peeled garlic
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
Combine the ingredients in a small blender (I use the mini blender attachment that came with my immersion blender) for a couple minutes until it's well combined. Then strain the mixture through a fine sieve or some cheesecloth to remove any chunks of garlic. Straining is important especially for kids because the chunks can burn their sensitive skin. Then just pour the mixture into an airtight container and put it in the fridge to harden into a firm salve. That's it!

We like to keep a batch of goot in the fridge anytime someone starts acting under the weather. Whenever someone is sick we apply the salve to their feet and put on warm socks. We've also put it on chests to treat congestion and croup and around ears to ward off ear infections. GOOT should be stored in the fridge and will last 2-3 weeks.

And of course be sure to get plenty of rest when you're sick! And you'll be back on your feet, wearing a cape in no time.

Why is he so much funnier with a cape on?!

To make it even better, he kept running around throwing a bouncy ball, then striking this post to see if it went under the table:

And let's not forget the Big Brother, who seems to have grown 6" and an entire vocabulary.

What are your favorite home remedies? Have you every used GOOT?

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