No Need to Suffer Through Days of Feeling Sick – This Stuff Really Works!March 29, 2016
I wrote an article last December called Nip That Cold or Flu in the Bud. In it, I outlined my plan of attack whenever cold or flu symptoms appear. No Need to Suffer Through Days of Feeling Sick – This Stuff Really Works!
So, here’s my funny story. The other day I was talking with a friend who had a cold. It seems to me like she’s sick a lot. My friend is Western medicine all the way and doesn’t believe like I do in the healing power of plants and other holistic principles. I have learned to zip it whenever the subject turns to an illness.
When I got off the phone, I caught my righteous Mother Nature-loving-self thinking “I can’t remember the last time I was sick. I’m so glad I have my toolbox of herbs and healthy foods.”
Of course, the next morning I woke up feeling sick. At first, I thought I’d eaten something that didn’t agree with me, but as the day progressed I started feeling chills and a headache coming on. So, I went into full healing mode and followed all of my suggestions that I’d written about in my article.
The first line of attack was hydrogen peroxide in my ears (see article).
I fasted (other than some basmati rice) and rested all day. I drank hot ginger and lemon water and every half hour or so downed a tablespoon of elderberry syrup that I always keep in the fridge. I made elderberry tea, as well. You can’t have enough elderberries at the onset of an illness. They are at the top of the chart for boosting your immune system.
Took Echinacea and Yarrow extracts throughout the day.
I bundled up with a hat, scarf, socks and a blanket and did nothing other than indulging in Gran Hotel (don’t even get me started on that).
I took a hot bath with Epsom salts, baking soda, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils.
Went to bed early.
Woke up feeling hungry and 90% myself again.
Gave thanks for Mother Nature’s healing. :)
One note that I’d like to add is that for many of us (in the Northern Hemisphere) it’s Kapha Season. The body is desperately trying to discharge excess mucus from the winter months. Two sites of Kapha dosha are the stomach and lungs. According to Ayurveda, oftentimes, when we think we have a “stomach bug” or a cold, it’s nothing more than our body discharging this excess mucus.
Following a Kapha-pacifying diet and a Kapha lifestyle during this season can help you avoid spending some miserable sick days.
This stuff really works! Give it a try the next time you feel something coming on.