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You know the feeling. The mildly sore throat that quickly takes a turn for the worst and leaves you feeling like your swallowing knives? Or the sinus headache or flu bug that so kindly paid you a visit? Here are some natural remedies to help get you back on your feet!

Bacteria-Killing Garlic ACV Tea

Heat water on stove (or in microwave). Transfer hot water to mug, then add the following:

  • The juice of 1/4-1/2 organic lemon
  • 1/2 clove of raw garlic—grate it straight into the mug
  • A few squirts of raw, local honey (sorry, I’m not a huge fan of measuring so these are all approximate)
  • A little bit of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV)—probably approximately 2 Tablespoons
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
Drink this as often as you can stomach it. I was drinking it once every hour or so, because it felt so great on my throat!

Raw garlic is an excellent natural antibiotic. It’s actually INCREDIBLY strong as well. The combination of ingredients doesn’t sound so appetizing but honestly…it wasn’t that bad. And heck, when you get to the point where you will try anything to feel better, it’s really quite delicious! The garlic and honey cut the ACV so it’s not as pungent. Just make sure you brush your teeth before you go kissing anybody. Not that you’re kissing people with strep throat. At least I hope you’re not. Drink this as often as you can stomach it. Works best at the onset of symptoms. I drank it every hour for about 4-5 hours during my last bout with strep.

There are several other things you can do to aid in a speedy recovery. Again, it’s recommended that you start this protocol as soon as you feel these symptoms coming on, instead of waiting until it’s the full-blown plague.

My Natural Remedies*

  • Drink a lot awesome Garlic ACV Tea (recipe above)
  • Apply Thieves essential oil to the bottoms of my feet several times a day, and diffused it throughout the house. Young Living brand only.
  • I personally take the following supplements when I am ill:
  • Take hot epsom salt baths to relieve the body aches
  • Sleep a LOT. It’s a proven fact that your body needs a lot of extra rest when it is fighting an illness. These days we are so accustomed to getting antibiotics and steroids as a “quick fix”, and it’s not right.
  • Drink a lot of water and take care of yourself the way you should.

It sounds like a lot of supplements but to be honest, these are things I keep in my supplement cabinet on a regular basis, so I didn’t have to go out and buy anything special. Except a LOT more garlic than we had on hand!

Peace, love and NATURAL remedies,
Melissa
* Please note that I am not a doctor. This is just what personally works for me. You should always consult your functional medicine specialist or holistic practitioner. If you have a regular general practitioner they will look at you like you’re crazy for mentioning most of what I wrote about above. And then they’ll probably give you an antibiotic. Do your homework, ask if you really need the antibiotic. If you do, take it. If you do not, well, you get my point.  

Oh my goodness…guess who’s teething?! Yes, our little bundle of joy has just about every tooth possible coming in at once. Between the teething and the virus he picked up, he’s been a mess and consequently, so is Mom. But that’s another story.

As far as the teething goes, I have been lucky to talk to some very smart, natural people about how to handle this. There’s also some great information online, if you can sort through the mess of information (some true and some not) on the internet. Here is an article I found extremely helpful as I matched my son’s symptoms with the appropriate homeopathic remedy. Mommypotamous also has some great information on the subject. It is very important to watch your baby’s symptoms and to use the appropriate remedy for the best chance of success.

Dosage For Homeopathic Remedies:

Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

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So far Hyland’s teething tablets have not worked, but Camilia has worked like a charm! I am also experimenting with Pulsatilla and a homemade remedy made with Clove Bud Oil. I will keep you updated on what works best via the Facebook page.

Baltic Amber Necklaces

I also picked up an amber necklace for him. Baltic amber is a natural analgesic (pain reliever) that can have a soothing and calming effect on teething babies and toddlers. When amber is worn on the skin, (the necklace is not meant to be chewed), the skin’s warmth releases small amounts of succinic acid from the amber which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. (Note: consider for a moment the various soaps, lotions and fragrances you put on your skin. Toxins from the beauty products you put on your skin also make their way into your bloodstream). Amber’s anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are also recognized by allopathic medicine.

I picked up our amber necklace from The Nappy Shoppe in Plano, Texas, but you can also find them online. Be sure to buy your amber from a reputable source, as the amber must be real amber to work as explained above. Raw, unpolished, light amber is supposed to work the best, but be sure that the necklace you get for your child is safety knotted! Try searching “The Art of Cure” on Amazon.com if you prefer to purchase online.

Amber also has many benefits for adults as well. Natural healing amber necklaces can relieve pain in the head, neck and throat areas, and are good for congestion. They are also highly effective for controlling the pain of rheumatism, arthritis, and aching muscles and joints. Baltic amber is an anti-anxiety remedy that rids fatigue and weariness, fights chronic inflammation and restores energy. So of course,I had to try it for myself! Stay tuned for how that’s working for me.

Be sure that the amber necklace is in contact with your child’s skin. Also, the necklace should not be worn while sleeping. Instead, double wrap the necklace around the ankle. I alternate ankles each night.

What have you used to help your teething child deal with side effects of teething?

Peace, love and homeopathy,

Melissa

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Please contact your doctor (preferably a Functional Medicine Specialist or Homeopath) for instructions on how to treat your child. The post above is just my personal opinion on the matter.

 

So, assuming I hadn’t been at the point of full-blown ear infection, these remedies (particularly the salt sock remedy) would have worked. However, once it becomes an infection, these “cures” are no longer applicable. Here are a couple that I’ve personally tried:

Salt Sock

It’s nice and warm, and feels good against your ear. I prefer this method over the onion method, listed next.

  1. Take about 1 cup of course salt and pour into a pan on the stove.
  2. Stir or shake the salt until its very warm/hot.
  3. Pour salt into the sock (you may need to use a funnel) and tie the top with a rubber band to keep salt from escaping.
  4. Place the salt sock on your pillow and lie with the ear on the sock.  If you use a thinner sock, you can place a towel between the sock and the ear – but its not as effective.
  5. Rest here for as long as you can, at least 10-15 minutes.

Baked Onion

This also feels good against your ear, but…. it will also make your ear/side of your face/your house smell like onions… just a warning!

  1. Bake a small whole onion (two if you need one for each ear) in the oven, 350˚ for one hour.
  2. Remove the onion from the oven and place in a glass jar (mason jar if the onion will fit… you need the onion to be whole).
  3. Poke several deep holes in the onion with a fork, put the end of the jar to your ear immediately to catch the steam escaping from the onion.
  4. Tilt your head sideways and hold the steaming onion jar over your ear until the steam is gone… approx. 5-7 minutes. Once the steam is gone, you can try flipping the onion over and re-poking to release any additional steam it might be holding.
  5. If you do both ears, use the other onion for the other ear.
Please note, I am not a doctor. Please consult your doctor prior to trying any of these techniques if you have concerns. Thanks!

I completed the 21 days of the CLEAN Program a week ago now. For the first two days “post CLEAN”, I decided that wheat would be the first allergen that I would reintroduce into my diet. Unfortunately, on Day 3, I started to come down with a sinus infection. Ugh! All that hard work! Could it be that I actually have a serious wheat allergy? Or is this just bad timing since the seasons are changing, and in our area the temperature swings are +30 degrees in an hour? It’s so hard to say! However, I was determined not to let my 3 weeks of hard work go to waste. Since I couldn’t really tell if wheat gave me any side effects or if it’s just the changing of the weather that is affecting me, I have actually had to continue CLEAN for another week, throughout the sinus infection. I need to be able to introduce one allergen at a time, in order to figure out which trigger symptoms in my body. Unfortunately, I can’t begin this process until this infection is completely gone, after all, you can’t tell if something clogs your sinuses when they’re clogged from the get-go, so it looks like I will be on CLEAN for at least 4.5 weeks before I get to introduce these allergens!

Not only have I resumed CLEAN without interruption, but I actually cut carbs/sugars for a few days in order to starve the bad bacteria in my body. So it has been a ton of veggies for me! I’ve also heeded my chiropractor/muscle activation therapist’s advice, and started taking colloidal silver, olive leaf extract, zinc, garlic, etc. I’ve kept up my probiotics and of course, lots of apple cider vinegar to thin that mucous! Add in copious amounts of rest, lots of water and decaffeinated green tea, and four days later… I’m starting to feel better! I refused to go to the doctor for this, and it’s been tough. Had I gone, I know they would have given me antibiotics and I would probably be running around by now, but the damage I would have done to my lovely clean system I’ve built, would have been devastating to me. So I’ve toughed it out. After all, the purpose of CLEAN is to “restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself.” So I feel like this is the ultimate test! The timing is so ironic. I JUST finished this program. Now let’s see if my body can heal itself! It’s required SO much rest, I am so tired of my couch, but on the bright side, it did force me to complete the online Defensive Driving class I’ve been putting off for long enough now!

I hope to be able to update you next week with reports on the allergen introductions. But first, let’s get these sinuses cleared up! Off to bed I go!