Tis the Season…….
for being sick! (You thought I was going to say “to be merry” didn’t you?!) As I awoke this morning to a house full of coughs, I couldn’t help but write this post about being sick. Bleh!
I’ve been consuming Elderberry syrup each day and I’m hopeful that what ever we all caught that it will go away quickly, as promised by the research I had done on elderberries. The verdict is still out, however, I can say I’m alot more energetic than I usually am when not feeling well. I also have not broken out in a cold sore, which is usually the indication that I’m getting sick and is one of the things elderberry syrup fights against. Elderberries fight against viruses, so I am wondering if what we have is bacterial. Here are some herbal remedies I’ll be using for both myself and my kids until we get better.
1. Garlic- When I get sick or feel run down, I eat whole cloves of garlic. They are extremely anti viral, anti bacterial and anti microbial…. meaning they kill all the bad stuff. Eating a whole clove can wreak havock on your stomach, so I usually chase it with two whole glasses of water.
2. Licorice Root- This sweet root has been used for centuries for treating a myriad of diseases. It is most notibly used for sore throats and chest congestion. I will be steeping it as a tea and using it to help my throat, however, there are some precautions when using it. DO NOT use if you have high blood pressure. DO NOT use if you do not consume green veggies and fruits (a meat and potato diet). DO NOT use if pregnant. And if you use an inhaler or steroid, it may increase the effectiveness of your drugs. So use with caution and consult your doctor.
3. Tulsi Tea- I wrote about this amazing tea recently in this blog earlier this year. Tulsi is an adaptogen, which means it can help your body deal with stress, but it also is fantastic for inflammation and helping to boost your immune system. This herb, which is basil, has also been shown to help your memory and your respiratory system amongst other things. This tea is, in my opinion, the key to getting well fast. If the number of Indian people who pass my stand at the Pittsburgh Public Market and say, my so and so back in India uses that for (insert any illness here), I think it is safe to say, Tulsi is the tea of the future.
4. Salt- Of course, salt water is a GREAT cleaner of your sinuses, with a neti pot, and as a gargle agent for your throat.
5. Ceylon Tea- In general, any hot tea can really help your throat. I have memories of black tea, with some lemon juice, honey and a little bit of whiskey to chase out a cold. If you are squeemish about using whiskey, eliminate it. It just helps kick out the cold or so the old wives tale says. I like to use Ceylon tea. Ceylon is the type of tea used in Liptons, however, the full leaf version is much more flavorful than the bags.
6. Sleep- The most important thing is sleep. It is hard when you have little ones, but sleep has been shown to be the most effective way to stay healthy this season.
I hope these tips help. I plan on implementing the ones I haven’t done already, soon.
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