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Tag: homeopathic remedies for colds

Nourishing Remedies for Run Down Bodies

My friend has already had a rough winter. What started with a cough in September morphed into bronchitis and then into pneumonia. Even after multiple rounds of antibiotics, here it is almost Thanksgiving and she has puss-filled spots on her tonsils but tests negative for strep, feels worn out, run down, and far from healthy. Another visit to the doctor started her on anti-viral meds but they upset her stomach and gave her constipation.

I told her I thought she needed to nourish, support, and rebuild her body to feel healthy and strong again. She was on the edge of collapse, crying a lot, and generally feeling crappy. I’ve found that sometimes people need to get to the bottom before the wake up and start caring for themselves better. I confess to being there myself at times.

I understand: it’s easy to get depressed when you don’t feel good and haven’t for a long time. Personally, I’ve never found much value in those anti-viral meds, particularly if you don’t start them at the onset of an infection. I wanted to kickstart her off to reclaiming her health naturally, so I gave her the following recommendations:

As an antiviral, prepare and take immediately:
Garlic tea. Peel and crush several cloves of garlic and place in a mug. Pour in 6-8 oz boiling water and let steep at lest 5 minutes. Squeeze in up to 1/2 fresh lemon juice. Add honey or agave until it tastes pleasing. I like to drink this before bed and let it marinate in my cells overnight. Repeat in the morning, if needed, and as frequently as necessary. I’ve never needed to take it more than 3 times.
To combat the existing viral infection and find some immediate relief from symptoms, I recommended the following protocol to follow several times daily:

Gargle with warm salt water. Let it bathe and soak sore tonsils. Prepare it as hot as comfortable, but don’t burn yourself.

Use SinusRinse or a netti pot to rinse your nose with warm salt water at least morning and night, and more if desired. Mix in a little baking soda to make it more comfortable, or just stick with the pre-mixed SinusRinse packets.
For her stuffy nose:

-Homeopathic Sinusin (formerly called Euphorbium) spray as needed to open nasal passages and reduce swelling (this stuff is like magic!). Use after a sinus cavity rinse.
Homeopathic hepar sulphur. 4 pills under the tongue before bed and upon rising, if needed.
-Run a humidifier at night.

To nourish her body and rebuild after antibiotics, she should take the following daily:

Probiotics. We like Good Belly non-dairy probiotic juice, but any probiotics from the refrig case should be fine for daily use. Because she has been on antibiotics, she should take this Primadophilus Intensive course to begin with and rebuild her system.

Super green nutrients. You can find these as a powder supplement, or as “Supergreen” food or drink. It’s basically a combo of spiralina and other green algae and veggies. At our house, we mix some super greens into our Good Belly juice with breakfast every day, especially during this cold and flu season. Our favorite super green liquid is Body Balance, which you must order from an MLM distributor. Odwalla makes a nice Superfood drink, too.
My friend went to the health food store, loaded up, and started taking care of herself that very night. Here is the email she sent me the next morning:

“Just wanted to let you know that i just finished my garlic and lemon tea (and my husband had his), gargling salt water and doing my sinurinse. i can’t believe the difference of today vs. yesterday. thank you so much for all of your advice, it really is working!”

When I spoke to her later that day she emphasized not only that she felt healthier and stronger in less than 24 hours after starting this regimen, but that she felt empowered and optimistic about her health for the first time in months. She continued on to say that her throat, which had pained her for months, already felt better. In fact, she wasn’t sure it was hurting her at all anymore.

“I’ve been waiting around for the antibiotics and the antivirals to work and just getting more and more depressed that I wasn’t getting better. Now I feel like there is something I can do to positively impact my health!”

Excellent! That’s how I started down this path of natural health myself: I wanted to be proactive about my health and know what I could do to help myself have a better life with multiple sclerosis. Being empowered about your health can impact not only how you feel physically, but your mental state, energy level, and positive outlook. Personally, I find it extremely depressing when I feel helpless to effect change, and since my life and body mean the most to me, I choose to take actions that will help me along rather than put all of my faith in an often elusive pharmaceutical “cure.”

We should all take a personal responsibility for our own health, I believe. Power to the people!  🙂

Kicking a Head Cold with Natural Remedies

A 40-hour anatomy of a head cold (or how to kick a head cold in 40 hours):

Wednesday, 3:30pm Walking down the block to meet the school bus I notice that my head feels rather full in the sinus area. Uh-oh, I think. I race home and take 4 homeopathic Aconite after a Sinus Rinse. Aconite can often stave off a viral infection, especially if taken at first sign.

Wednesday, 6:30pm The aconite must not be the right remedy and I’m feeling lousier by the minute. My nose is both stuffed and runny, I’m tired and ready for bed. But first, I brew some Throat Coat tea along with 3 chopped cloves of fresh garlic and the juice from 1/2 a lemon I found in the fridge (have you heard about garlic tea? Very potent.). I let it all steep for 15 minutes, then top it off with a teaspoon full of local honey. While my throat is not sore yet, my lymph nodes feel swollen and I think all the herbs in there that provide respiratory support will be helpful. Most importantly, it doesn’t contain echinecea, which I want to avoid since I have multiple sclerosis. While I wait I do another Sinus Rinse.

Wednesday, 8:30pm I steal the humidifier from one of the kid’s rooms and set it up near my bed. I feel like a Pink Floyd song, “My head swells up just like a balloon…”, but I am so far from being “comfortably numb” that I toss and turn all night. My sinuses are full and the pressure is very uncomfortable. I take some homeopathic Hepar Sulph, which is good for colds with thick mucous and homeopathic ColdCalm to try to relieve some of the symptoms and make me more comfortable. Another Sinus Rinse, a round of Sinusin homeopathic nasal spray, and I head to bed.

Thursday 7:00am I get the kids up and on the bus and off in the carpool and head directly back to bed with large glasses of orange juice, chamomile tea, and water. I switch to homeopathic Natrum Mur, a remedy helpful for relieving blockages like the one behind my eyes, crank up the humidifier, stack my pillows to keep my head elevated, and sleep on and off all day until I have to pick up a kid after Spanish at 4:15pm. (As a working mom, getting to spend a whole day sick in bed with no one needing anything from me was a treat, even though I wasn’t feeling well!) Of course, there were several Sinus Rinses in there, too, followed by squirts of Sinusin.

Thursday 9:00pm Back in bed with mint tea with honey. This time, the night passes restfully.

Friday 6:00am I awake with an empty head and breathe a sigh of relief. With a shower I feel close to human again, with energy to tackle the day. Sure, my nose still needs to be blown regularly, but the pressure is gone and what’s left won’t hold me back. I corral three 4-year olds for a preschool field trip to see the Junior Symphony Guild’s Tiny Tots program, navigate downtown streets to fight an unjust parking ticket, and run errands the rest of the day.

While I’m not 100% better 40 hours after onset of the head cold, I’m back to being a functional human being in record time with the help of homeopathy, herbs, warm mist, and rest. I was pretty impressed with this as my neighbor got the same head cold a few days earlier but was sick and miserable for a week.