The Flu Box
It's cold, flu and other sickness season!
From my own experiences I have found that these natural ways are excellent in combating the symptoms.
I am sensitive to many medications and so I have learned to find natural ways to heal.
I call this my Cold/Flu box.
1). Thyme tea
Thyme tea is a great expectorant. Drink a hot tea a few times throughout the day to help bring up the mucus. Start by boiling a cup of water. Add in a tea strainer, 1 teaspoon of dried Thyme. Let the Thyme sit for about 10 minutes. Drink the tea slowly.
2). Netti Pot
A Netti pot is a small little ceramic tea pot that is used to place treated water in to your nasal passages, irrigating them. This is an ancient technique that goes back to ancient India. It is a way to cleanse the nasal passages of irritants that cause problems in the sinus region. Irritants such as: pollen, bacteria, virus, and mucus. Irrigating the sinuses is a great way also to combat allergies caused by pollen.
Netti pots are found on-line or in your local Health stores. These stores will sell powders that you can add to your water. But I have always made my own out of "salt." Salt is a great way to dry up the sinuses and it stops bacteria from growing.
Here is how I use the Netti pot.
-Rapidly boil 2.25 cups of water from your drinking water tap for 5 minutes along with 1/2 teaspoon of Canning salt. (Canning salt can be purchased from the grocery store in large boxes. I use this to have straight sodium-no iodine added or additives.)
Note, please make sure your drinking water has been treated from a water treatment plant. If not, I would recommend you buy filtered water for this. This is due to amoebas that can be living in the water.
I boil my water from the tap to make sure the water is sterilized.
Now I will add a little bit of the sterile water in to the Netti pot just to rinse it out of any dust that may be in it from sitting in my cabinet. (Note, do not place in tap water in to the pot to rinse out.)
Add enough sterile water to the Netti pot so it is full. Now lean your head over the sink and place the Netti pot to one nostril. Breathe through your mouth. The salted water won't feel uncomfortable like plain water does. Let the stream of water flow through your sinuses and out the other nostril. Do this until you've used all of the 1 cup of water in the pot. Now do the other side with the other cup of water.
After you are all finished, take tissues and blow your nose.
If your nose is too stuffed up, you will not be able to use this technique.
3). Rose Hip Tea
-Rose Hip tea is full of flavonoids (antioxidants) and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is an awesome vitamin to helps you:
-support your immune system.
-Helps you to heal quicker.
I like to mix mine with Hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus tea also is packed full of antioxidants! There are many benefits to drinking Hibiscus tea. But combining these two teas is a great, healthy tea.
With teas, the hot water tends to: comfort you, help thin out mucus, and soothes your nose while drinking.
4). Methanol/Camphor Salt water baths for Sinuses/Face/Nostrils.
Many times we are congested. A great way to help relieve this is to steam your face. Boil a large pot of water with 1 t. of salt. Take off of burner and add a dab of Mentholatum, Vicks, or separate essential oils of Camphor and Menthol in to your hot water.
Place a towel over your head and steam your face for 10 minutes. *Note-be aware that the water is extremely hot. So try keeping your face a little extra distance from the water when you first start.
When my husband and I were sick at the same time with the influenza, we took our comfy blankets, sat in our own living room chairs and watched shows that made us laugh. We enjoyed watching "The Carbonaro Effect" and "Impractical Jokes". Laughing tends to stimulate your "good feelings". Feeling happy helps to relax a person,which helps a person to heal quicker. So next time you feel like a "truck ran over you", try to watch funny shows to laugh instead of "feeling negative" about the situation. Negative feelings only heightens the sickness.
One of the best ways to heal is to drink, drink, and drink water. Flush out all the toxins. Water helps to keep your body flowing. Stagnation of bodily functions is not helpful.
7). Peppermint Tea
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Headache??? Peppermint tea works pretty well on headaches. This tea also works great for better food digestion. If you have a sour stomach or indigestion after eating, try this tea. Take 1 teaspoon of Organic Peppermint tea and steep in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Drink a cup whenever you need it.
8). Light meals for the flu/stomach flu.
If you have a nauseous stomach, try eating really light foods like: unbuttered toast, soda crackers, clear broth, tea, plain jello, and clear fruit juices like Apple juice.
9). Lemon/ Raw Honey tea.
Fresh Lemon juice provides you with Vitamin C which the body needs to run it's best. I feel the Lemon juice also helps to cut through the phlegm that gets caught up in your throat. The raw honey acts by coating the sore throat with an anti-bacterial, skin protectant healing balm. It is so soothing.
10). Chocolate (at least 72% Chocolate content)
While chocolate can cause more phlegm in the throat or Heart burn if eaten after a meal, it has it's place in my Cold/Flu box. When we feel like a "truck ran over us" we are looking for something to make us feel better. Chocolate has that affect on us. Take a little square everyday, maybe 1 inch x 1 inch of 72% dark chocolate. I know whenever I see my family wanting a piece of chocolate, I'll go up to them and say, "You're needing more love in your life." And then I give them a huge hug.
11). Drink Kefir with pureed Fruit.
I'm adding this to help the Immune system to stay strong. Only drink this if you are able to hold down food fine. This is a milk product, but it is said most people who are sensitive to milk are able to drink this due to the bacteria in the Kefir changing the milk's chemistry. I feel this is a high quality, natural probiotic. When you puree in fruit, you've added a prebiotic. (Prebiotic=what feeds the bacteria so it can grow and stay in place in your gut, displacing bacteria that do not belong in your gut.)
Stated in the article, "Discovering the Sweet Mysteries of Chocolate", https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/choco.html
"Eating chocolate causes the brain to produce natural opiates, which dulI pain and increase a feeling of well-being."
I suggest you don't binge on chocolate though.
11). Books, cozy blankets, pillows, DVDs and a television.
When one is down and out, it is nice to have these to provide yourself with that next level of "self-care." When ill, it's a great time to catch up on reading our favorite books, or watch our favorite movies. Maybe turn on the television and watch your favorite funny show. Cozy up in your big comfy blanket and place pillows under knees and back to provide that high level of comfort.
My husband and I were sick with the flu one year, together! We both took these new, furry, cozy, thick blankets and bundled up sitting in our favorite living room chairs. We watched some of our favorite laugh out-loud t.v. shows- Carbonaro Effect and the Practical Jokers show. Each day wasn't torture with the flu watching a funny show and feeling cozy.
When I worked around elderly, our team would provide the elderly who were nauseous with a clear liquid diet. That would consist of clear, firm jello, clear juice (apple juice), and clear broth. When they could keep food down in their stomachs, we would provide them with a light diet for a day or so of: dry toast, saltine crackers, clear juice (apple juice), clear broth.
If you're nauseous, don't push yourself to eat heavy, hard to digest foods. I believe protein is the hardest to digest. If your stomach isn't ready for heavy foods, provide it with a light meal until it is.
I hope this can help when you're not feeling your best. Remember, self-care and self-love is what helps one to heal faster.
By Cynthia Bergsbaken of
Reiki in the Prairie LLC
October 18, 2019
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