I often get asked this question when I am speaking or when I am around friends with little ones.
So I am going to give you a quick example of what a sick day in our home looks like, using my self as the victim and a few of the many treatments and approaches I use when sickness comes knocking.
It’s very important to note that if you have overly rambunctious kids and all of a sudden they are clingy, whining and sleepy with dark circles or red glossy eyes, this is a straight giveaway that sickness might be lurking around the corner.
Also, always check with a qualified health practitioner before attempting to treat an illness yourself. In our case, our pediatricians agree 100% with my expertise in this area and they are on board with my approach to wellness. But there have been about 3 times in this past decade that I have heard congested lungs with my stethoscope and was not absolutely sure if it was just congestion or bronchitis. In those few cases I rely on our pediatricians to confirm my diagnosis which for the most part has been right on.
When I see the symptoms mentioned above in a member of our household it always turns out to mean a bacteria or virus has already begun to pester the delicate balance of their internal health. This is where I go into detective mode and carefully observe, take note and asses what could have made them sick. This is critical because in some cases people get sick because of something other than a virus or bacteria. Believe it or not, my children and I have reacted violently with ear infections, fever and an array of other nasty flu like symptoms after being in a building contaminated with mold/mycotoxins. So if you or your child are constantly getting sick, take note. Observe when the sickness occurs. Is it on Mondays after going back to school and being in a damp building with poor indoor air? Is it after grandma hugs them with her strong toxic perfume? Do the kids get lethargic, glassy eyed and cranky after eating a meal high in gluten?
Possibilities are endless so thinking outside of the box is VERY important if you are going to live a healthy life.
Now that we got a few basics out of they way lets continue.
Okay, so I am feeling sick, now what?
I will usually whip out my greens (Chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, dandelion), colostrum capsules, olive leaf extract, raw honey and some frozen mangos or berries. I add in some water or almond milk and blend my self a huge 32 ounce smoothie. I will drink 3 of these shakes the entire day in addition to 3 cups of my Immunity Rescue Tea and my ultimate cold, flu, congestion and sickness concoction.
If you feel a cold or something coming on do this. I drink it about 3-4 times a day if I feel ill or as maintenance 2 times a day during winter is very beneficial.
Here is what you need:
– 1tsp dried thyme or a handful of fresh thyme
– 1 lemon
– about 1-2 inches of ginger, washed and unpeeled
– 1 cup of drinking water
Now, blend your ginger with water until smooth.
Strain the mixture making sure to press down on the pulp to get out all the liquid.
In a pot boil about 12 ounces of water. Once boiling add in thyme and about a quarter cup of ginger tonic. Now if you are really sick use all of it and be prepared for the nice spice feeling in your mouth.
Boil for 1 minute, cover and remove from heat. Let steep for 10-15 minutes.
Strain into a large mug, add in the juice of one lemon and some raw honey, jaggery or coconut sugar. No white or processed sugar. Mix and drink slowly.
If I am very ill I will juice greens, veggies and fruits instead of smoothies and also do the tea mentioned above 3 to 5 times per day.
In addition to smoothies and tea I only eat a meat and dairy free soup or cream of sweet potatoes and carrots which is easily done by boiling carrots and sweet potatoes with a pinch of sea salt and then blending cooked potatoes and carrots with the same liquid it boiled in and adding some organic raw coconut oil.
If it’s a cold I feel coming on I make an herbal tea bath using Moms Herbal Salts and add in lots of eucalyptus and thyme. I soak in it for about 30 minutes and come out of the bath and rub Immunity Recue oil on my feet and neck.
About every 3 hours I will do 3 dropper-fulls of my Immunity Rescue Glycerite or tincture, which is a great organic herbal medicine that can be made by everyone in their home and save lots of time and $. If I am out of my own homemade immunity glycerites and tinctures I will use a great substitute in capsule form from Gaia Herbs.
If my throat is itchy and scratchy I’ll add 2 cloves of garlic to my tea each time I brew a cup as garlic acts as a natural antibiotic and also boasts anti-viral properties. After drinking each cup of tea I will gargle with warm water and sea salt.
If my ears are itching I’ll put a few drops of peroxide in both ears and drain it out, then add 3 drops of garlic and mullein oil in each ear and cover with cotton repeating 3 times a day for 2 days.
During this time I try to rest as much as possible although for me that means maybe a 6 hour sleep night with two nursing interruptions. When at all possible aim for 8 to 10 hours of sleep so that your body can regain strength and you will recuperate much faster.
It seems like a lot of stuff but I would rather sacrifice two days of intense treatment then be sick for two weeks like most people. My children also get the same treatment in addition to me listening to their lungs with my stethoscope and also looking in their ears as an added measure. Because my oldest has a history of asthma that is under control now, I always keep an emergency bottle of Clear Lungs at home which is the best herbal supplement for asthma I have found so far, and it comes in handy when traveling.
Here are some other articles you may find helpful:
Wellness Herbal Tea Recipe for the Immune System
The Making of an Herbal Medicine Cabinet – In Time for Flu Season
Miracle Sore Throat & Cold Remedy
Five Must Have Herbs for the Upcoming Winter Season
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Lots of Love,
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