The Flu Box
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.)
"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.
When I worked in the Nursing Home, we 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.