1.14.2013

natural living: when i'm sick

'tis the season for sickness and germs. i guess you've gathered, if you've been around for very long, that i don't really do traditional medicine? special occasions do call for it, but most of the time i prefer natural remedies and vitamins, and i honestly believe they work better.

people ask me all the time what i do when i'm sick. well, here it is:

1. gargle with half hydrogen peroxide/ half water as soon as i feel it coming on. about 4 or 5 times a day or until the sore throat eases away, which is usually within a day, if i catch it soon enough. i think it just kills all those germs that are waiting to attack you.


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2. bombard my system with vitamin D and vitamin C. vitamin D is a miracle, i believe. it comes right from the sun, just the way God designed it... but if you think about it, flu season is always during the winter months when there's not a lot of sun to be had. so, i take it in softgel form daily. but if i feel i'm getting sick, i will up the dosage. if i AM sick, i will crank up the dosage even higher. [i've read that the Carlson brand is the best you can get. and here are the drops i use for my kids]

3. drink a million gallons of water. this one seems pretty self explanatory. 

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4. drink lots of hot tea. organic, caffeine free. add some honey and lemon if i really need it. really just for soothing, and another way to get water down.

5. pull out the neti pot.  i actually hate this thing, but it works. i feel like i'm drowning, it's such a dramatic scene. i'm a baby sometimes. but after a few minutes, my whole sinus cavity is clear and i can breathe again.

6. tea tree oil. put just a few drops onto your finger, and then pat it right outside your nostrils. maybe a drop on your tongue too if you can handle it. [it's great for clearing up skin blemishes, too. and it's anti-baterial and anti-fungal]

7. cut out any and all processed foods and sugar. eat lots of raw fruits and veggies instead. blend a bunch into a smoothie, juice them, whatever it takes. but no sugar allowed. it completely shuts down the immune system, leaving your body defenseless, and offense-less (?) to fight the sickness that's attacking. 

truth be told, i rarely get sick [knock on wood?], but when i do, it never lasts long. these remedies knock it out before it really gets going. i'll take actual healing over masking-the-symptoms any day, wouldn't you?



* revised & edited from the archives

7 comments:

  1. great tips! I have never tried a neti pot, but I want to! I am pinning this post for later :)

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    1. awesome! yeah, the neti pot is scary at first but it really does work!

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  2. Look into Elderberry Syrup! I swear that just helped my son get over the flu MUCH more quickly. But I swear by the neti-pot, tea tree oil, and vitamin D & C also! I'm loving these posts!

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    1. YES! thank you so much for the elderberry tip! hoping it works wonders for my coughing girl today :)

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  3. i'm terrified by the mere thought of a neti pot. i've heard that it's amazing as far as the results by a bunch of folks but i can barely handle nose spray (used only under the most dire of need!) so i'm thinking it would be disastrous with a neti pot :) i'm definitely a big fan of vitamin C!

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    1. yes, the neti pot is a mind-over-matter kind of thing. i put it off until my husband finally forces me to use it, just because he knows it works! so it's not my first choice either, but you can do it!

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  4. I feel a slight tickle in the back of my throat. Busting out my Neti pot and getting ready to battle whatever is trying to make me sick. Thanks for the tips!

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