Not only does it save money, but I prefer to honor my body’s ability to heal itself and I would rather aid healing rather than force a cure onto myself with chemicals.
I woke up on Friday morning with a painful sore throat which turned into a nasty head cold by the end of the day. I don’t get sick very often and I rarely visit the doctor when I am sick, even though I have been diagnosed with asthma. I have had one cold in the last eight years of having the diagnosis of asthma where my asthma was affected so badly that I was in need of a doctor. Today is day four of my cold and I’m feeling better. Not totally myself, but I don’t think I’ll be dealing with this cold for the typical ten days.
- Gargle with salt water. The very first thing I do when I get a sore throat is gargle with strong warm salt water. By strong, I mean 1 teaspoon of salt to 1/2 cup of water. About fifteen years ago I was told by one of my first online friends if I would gargle with strong salt water I would be able to avoid getting tonsillitis. Up to that time I had had tonsillitis probably every year of my life since I was a teenager. Once I started to gargle with salt water at the first sign of a sore throat I have not had even one tonsillitis infection. It is my first line of defense when fighting a cold. You may also consider adding a few drops of apple cider vinegar, and or a pinch of cayenne. If you use the cayenne, you may need to use a straw to get the mixture into your mouth to gargle. Gargle in your bathroom so that you confine those germs to the bathroom.
- Stop eating sugar and all its sister forms. I have actually been off sugar, corn syrup, brown sugar, and all types of sugar since last December, but even when I did eat sugar I would stop having it as soon as I thought I was sick. Sugar hinders your immune system function and makes it harder on your body to do its magnificent work of healing itself. I also would avoid juice unless it is freshly juiced. If you feel you must drink juice, at very least dilute it so it isn’t so sweet. I also avoid artificial sweeteners of all kinds.
- Eat chicken soup. Chicken soup is very healing to the digestive system and it is very easy to digest. It is also very soothing to eat when I am sick. I like to get a big pot cooking and then I can have it for a couple of meals every day. This recipe of mine links to how to make stock or soup from turkey, but you can do the same with chicken.
- Eat raw garlic. I consider raw garlic to be a very important food in my get well soon health toolkit. I try to have one or two (or more) cloves daily when I’m sick. One of my favorite ways to get my raw garlic is in homemade soup. Another way to get in a goodly amount of raw garlic is to mix it with butter and spread it on a slice of bread.
- Drink water to thirst. I have tried in the past to drink those eight ounces of water daily, but I could never accomplish it. I don’t have time to spent that much time in the ladies room, thank you very much. Having done some research on it, I don’t go along with the push to drink eight glasses of water a day. However when I’m sick, I do find that I drink more water, so I go with it.
- Take extra Vitamin C. I’m currently on a protocol where I am increasing my Vitamin C every weekend to find my tolerance level for it to help my adrenals to heal. I am currently taking 12,000mgs daily in powdered form. Don’t try to take this much Vitamin C unless you are well accustomed to it.
- Take the herb Echinacea. I have taken this herb in tincture form (Zand Echinacea Extract) for years on the advice of the lady who I bought my mobile home from many years ago. She told me she took it at the first sign of a cold and hadn’t been sick in years. Echinacea should not be taken all the time, but only at the beginning of a cold as it has the effect of boosting the immune system. I will also take it while I have a cold, but it is less effective. The important thing to know is you shouldn’t take it all the time.
- Take the amino acid L-Lysine: L-Lysine helps the mucous membranes to heal and anything to do with my mouth or throat I begin taking L-Lysine. Sore throat, chapped lips or cold sores – I’ll take L-Lysine.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep as much as you possibly can, and preferably at night in total darkness. I’m reading Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival and it is amazing how important sleeping in total darkness is for our health and well being. This is the time to take one of those sick days and just stay cozied up in bed for most of the day, napping as you feel tired, and then stay in bed all night.
- Take detox baths. I am not one to take baths, much preferring the time savings of a shower. However, when I’m sick, I always make it part of my routine to take a nice hot bath. I will usually add Epsom salts, or baking soda. Both are said to help to draw toxins out of the body.
When I’m sick, I try to do natural things to aid my body in healing, instead of making things harder. For example, I rarely take aspirin, Tylenol or a pain killer because I feel my body then has to work even harder to process those chemicals. And I rarely consult with my physician when I’m sick, because I don’t want to have to worry about being asked to take antibiotics. I haven’t taken antibiotics in years and I hope to be able to avoid them for the rest of my life. At the very least they are not required for a mere cold, which is always a virus and viruses are not affected by antibiotics.
I save money by not going to the doctor, where I’d have to pay a co-pay of twenty dollars, pay for a prescription of some kind, or buying any over-the-counter medications. All of the things I use, I typically keep on hand.
Do you have any natural tips or ways of treating a cold? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear of your natural cold treatment tips.