Sunday, June 7, 2015

Natural Remedies for Curing the Common Cold

My family has been really sick with a nasty cold virus for the past 3 weeks. The virus has been circulating through each member of the household, debilitating them completely, and then forcing them into groggy-sleep-like comas for days at a time. 
I did not want this to happen to me! I'm the mama and have no time to lie around and be sick! So, as the last healthy family member standing, I've been determined to stay well! To make sure I covered all my bases, I  asked my facebook friends what remedies they used to help prevent or cure the common cold. This is the list I compiled from their answers:

*Elderberry, sleep, hot water with lemon, Herbal teas, warm salt water gargle if a sore throat, lots of washing hands and cleaning surfaces with an essential oil anti bacterial spray. fresh garlic, onion and ginger in anything you eat. no junk food, limited caffeine & limited sugar except a bit of chocolate. 
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*Honey, vinegar, hot water. Some add lemon. Ginger.

*Lemon echinacia with pelegrino and olena.

*My grandma swears by warm whiskey and honey. We use a different version with honey and lemon.

*I swallow cloves of garlic like pills, after a meal. I may not smell that nice, but it beats getting sick!

*Apple cider vinegar shots in the morning. (I dilute with organic apple juice.) And sleep. 
Reduces severity and length compared with the family members who do not partake. I call it the breakfast of champions.

*Apple cider vinegar. I also keep a bottle if fire cider on hand (fire cider: apple cider vinegar, onions, garlic horse radish, turmeric, lots if nasty potent stuff. But it will cure what ails ya. I make it by the gallon.) Wish you lived closer, I'd share.

*Getting lots of sleep, reading fluffy library books, fanatical hand-washing, wiping off doorknobs/ light switches /keyboards/phones and making garlicky recipes for dinner.

*Old Chinese recipe: 
1. Slice 2-3 thick slice of ginger, cook it in 1-2 cups of boiling water, if you can, drink the hot ginger tea without adding brown sugar. You body will feel hot within 5-10 mins. 
2. Prepare yourself clean clothes in the bathroom 
(for later use). lay down washable blanket on your bed. 
3. Now wrap yourself in blankets on the bed, nothing poking out and exposed but your head and neck. 
4. Let yourself sweat, in about 20 - 30 mins, you should feel like your body is dripping with sweat (which is what you want). That's when all the virus and germs in the body will come out through sweating. 
5. Now jump out of the blanket and take a hot shower, wash all the sweat and germs off, and you should feel better that night. smile emoticon

*I do most of these things and can usually "catch" it before it's a full blown cold. If I don't or get lazy=cold. I also like cold snap (herbal blend you can buy), and I make a tea with various herbs depending on what's going on. Usually horse tail and marshmallow and Mullein and of course elderberry. I will add rose hips for vit c and take more as well. Cut out dairy if snotty. No white flour, sugar etc. lots and lots of fluids. Gargle and rinse sinuses with alcohol.

*Stay in complete denial til it goes away. (This was one of my favorites, and one I use often)

*Speedwell by Lily Zerkle  (an herbal blend made by a local midwife/herbalist).

*Good old home made chicken noodle soup.

*Get cotton tube socks. Soak them in ice water. Ring out slightly . Put on your feet. Cover with thick wool (best) or cotton socks and go to bed. I used essential oils and even the garlic menthol rub on the bottom of the feet as well. This draws the congestion away from the head and chest. It works so well!

*Drink water until you feel like you're drowning, then drink more water.

Conclusion: I ended up getting the cold from my family, but it only lasted 3-4 days! I didn't end up doing all of these things, but will be saving this list for future reference in case illness strikes again. 
 Each day I took a morning shot of 2 Tbsp. Apple-Cider vinegar, then I took Elderberry Lozenges, extra Vitamin C, garlic, and loads of water. I washed my hands a ton, slept and took naps, and no junk food but a little chocolate because chocolate makes me happy. If my illness got any worse I wanted to try the Chinese recipe and the Speedwell. Maybe the wet sock treatment.

Stay well my friends! Summer is too much fun to get sick!

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