Spring has sprung early here and plants are budding, which means pollen is in the air and wreaking havoc in people’s sinus passages. Migraines, runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy mouth, foggy brain, fatigue… all of these symptoms and more can be triggered by airborne pollens in sensitive people. It can be hard to even think clearly with all the inflammation.
Pharmaceutical drugs may help to hold the symptoms at bay, but they also come with unwanted side effects. If you’ve been looking for a natural solution to control your hay fever or seasonal allergy symptoms, you should try my famous homeopathic hay fever remedy!
As a homeopathic remedy, it is safe for kids, babies, pregnant and nursing mothers, and everyone else, too, and easy to take. It comes pre-mixed in a dropper bottle. Just succuss 3-5 times – “suc-cuss” means to agitate the contents by slamming the base of the bottle into your open palm as if you were punching your other hand – and place a few drops underneath your tongue. Be sure at least 15 minutes have elapsed since you last ate or drank, and before you next eat or drink, so that you have a clean mouth. Of course, keep the dropper clean by not touching it to your mouth.
Take as often as needed to address symptoms.
If you don’t feel any amount of relief within 15 minutes of taking the remedy, take another dose. If you still don’t feel any change in the intensity of your symptoms after several more doses, it is likely not the right remedy for you. No harm done, though: the wrong remedy will simply do nothing.
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For booting unwanted invaders out of your body, there’s almost nothing better than Garlic Tea. Particularly when combined with a good sleep that gives the body a chance to heal.
Garlic has long been known to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties besides its qualities as an aromatic flavoring. It also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and it is the only aphrodisiac food that actually works for encouraging and maintaining an erection — a natural Viagra. No wonder the Italians are so passionate!
The superstition of wearing leis of garlic around ones neck to ward of vampires likely came from the practice of using garlic to ward off the plague in the middle ages. It could have been fairly effective, too, as garlic can be used as an insect repellent in an organic garden and the plague was spread by fleas.
But back to the Garlic Tea… I learned about this during the summer I spent waiting tables on the Greek island of Rhodes. I was hanging out with an Australian woman who was steadily feeling worse one day; by nightfall she had a headache, stuffy nose, cough, fatigue and just generally didn’t feel well. She clearly looked sick. At dinner that evening, she ordered an empty glass, 3 garlic cloves, and a lemon. She sliced and ate the raw garlic. She halved and squeezed the lemon into the glass, and then drank the juice and went to bed. The next day she was completely well. It was amazing.
I’ve taken this concept and made it a little more palatable by steeping crushed garlic in boiling water and adding the fresh juice from 1/2 lemon and honey. The garlic/lemon combo is surprisingly sweet and sippable, though add some local honey if you have a cough or need to alter the flavor.
Garlic Tea Instructions
1. Peel and crush/chop/mince 3-5 cloves of fresh garlic.
2. Place garlic into a mug and then fill with boiling water.
3. Let steep for 5 minutes or more, and then add the juice from 1/2-1 lemon.
4. Stir in enough honey to make it palatable.
5. Sip. Eat the garlic if desired, but not necessary.
6. Repeat after 12-24 hours, if needed.
The tea seems to be as effective as eating the garlic raw, however if you need a more powerful remedy you might try some raw, too. I’ve been known to drink Garlic Tea two or three nights in succession when necessary.
The first question I always get when I tell people about this remedy is: Won’t you just reek of garlic? Who will want to be around you?
My response: You’re sick! You don’t want anyone around you anyway! Who cares if your breath stinks! Let’s just focus on getting well.
If you’re that concerned with stinky breath, eat some parsley afterwards. But know that the scent of garlic will emanate from your pores as your body flushes toxins from your system. I consider this a good thing, personally.
I recommended this remedy to my stepfather last week when he was fighting off the current mega-cold. He didn’t have any fresh garlic in the house so he substituted garlic powder. After he said, That was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted, he did say he thought it had helped his recovery. It sounds pretty gross to me, and I’m not sure how much of the nutritional properties are retained once garlic is dried and ground. I wouldn’t suggest using garlic powder: stick with the fresh cloves and you can’t go wrong!