Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Brrrr....... Home cold remedies.

Here in the midwest we are getting pummeled with snow so we'll be having the whitest Christmas we've seen in a long time. Of course with all the damp, cold weather comes winter colds and flu.

I have some simple suggestions to help you stay healthy this winter.

~ Keep your ears clean! Sounds weird I know, but many pathogens enter the respiratory system through the ear canals. A simple way to thwart the bugs is to put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear while lying down. Let it bubble and fizz [it's killing bugs] then drain and do the other ear. This can be done several times a day if you already have a cold or flu. The results are pretty amazing.

~ Drink hot tea. Did you know that the herb thyme is antiseptic and is especially beneficial for fighting sore throats and croupy coughs? Make a tea from 3 cups of water, 2-3 tsp of dried thyme and some fresh ginger. Simmer for 10 minutes in a stainless steel or glass pot. Throw in a cinnamon stick too if you like. Then strain and add lemon and honey and drink all day to make that cough disappear and chase the chills.

~ If the flu is catching you - take a bath. One of the best detoxifiers that feels really good is a hot soak in a tub with a pint of hydrogen peroxide, 2 cups of epsom salts and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Stay in for at least 30 minutes - more if you can. Add more hot water as needed Then bundle up and go right to bed, and I can almost guarantee you will feel very much better in the morning.

~ Stay hydrated! This seems much harder in the winter because we don't get hot and sweaty so we don't think about drinking water. It's SO important in fighting disease. All those toxins you breathe in and eat have to be flushed out again if you want to stay healthy. Drink your 8 - 10 glasses of purified H2O every day, and you'll be one of the healthiest kids on the block.

Of course the best medicine is prevention and I have a some suggestions there too.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Be well,

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