Homeopathic remedies are the way to go when you are sick. But during cold and flu season, it is of great importance to make sure you and your family have the knowledge and know how to detect a cold coming, and then how to treat colds and flu properly.
Sunshine and Fresh Air
Keep in mind that fresh air and regular exercise in open air prolongs life. Every room in a house should be well-ventilated with plenty of light and sunshine. Drinking plenty of water and taking baths cures illnesses. Fasting 1-2 days a week is also beneficial as this allows your immune system to focus on recovery instead of digesting food.
Vitamin C and D are necessary when ill, and especially in winter, our Vitamin D levels drop drastically. Lack of Vitamin D has a negative effect on our immune system. This is why sunshine is so important when you are sick – get plenty of it. Magnesium is essential for metabolizing Vitamin D in the body. Your body cannot take in Vitamin D without this. If you supplement with Vitamin D, please make sure to take Magnesium or eat magnesium rich foods such as bananas and avocados. Many herbs also contain high amounts of magnesium so if you are drinking herbal tea, you should be okay.
If you suspect a virus like measles or mumps, up your Vitamin A levels immediately as these viruses detract that nutrient from your body.
If it’s too cold to open windows, make sure the room is properly ventilated. There are plants that clean and purify the air:
- Spider Plant
- Ficus/Weeping Fig
- Peace Lily
- Boston Fern
- Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
- Bamboo Palm
- English Ivy
- Lady Palm
- Wax Begonia
- Golden Pothos
- Chrysanthemums or “Mums”
- Rubber Plants
- Chinese Evergreen
My blog Best Herbs to Plant Indoors to Improve Air Quality has more information on some of these plants as I mention them here.
Other ways to properly vent your home during illness:
- Keep your floors clean by vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping.
- Avoid synthetic/chemical cleaners or air fresheners. Thieves Oil makes a great natural cleaner and disinfectant. I’ve searched and Melalueca, by far, sells the best non-toxic, safe and effective cleaning products. I absolutely love them!
- Buy an air purifier to clean air-borne viruses. My doctor uses one in her office that is pretty neat. It is a lighted water air purifier and refresher.
- Buy a humidifier to increase the humidity in the air. Viruses like dry conditions, not moist.
- Increase ventilation by opening windows.
Colds and Baths
Alternate hot & cold applications for congestion for 30 or more minutes so hot bath and cold sponging. Pain is relieved by hot water. In cases of fever or cholera, hot and cold applications to the stomach will relieve headache and ice applied to the spine will relieve nervousness and other ailments. Warm baths decrease temperature and pulse.
Oatmeal can prevent disease and is good for the sick.
Here are a few recipes with oatmeal:
It should be eaten with zwieback and organic soybean butter.
- Combine equal parts steel cut oats and bran and cook for 6-10 minutes.
- Do not use sugar on oatmeal.
- 2 heaping TBSP to one quart of water and simmer for half an hour.
- For a cool drink: 1 heaping TBSP to one quart of water and simmer two hours.
Oatmeal should be a basic food for children and in winter months as it prevents congestion.
Herbal alternatives – Kid-friendly tinctures or extracts are available with Echinacea (a natural herbal anti-viral herb) which is a great herb to treat children with and is highly effective. I’d advise to stock up on these and give to your child at first sign of illness. See my Slippery Elm and Catnip pages on treating children with the cold and flu properly with these herbs. Check out my herbs listed under Herbs and Uses or just perform a Search on what you are looking for to find the right herb to treat your illness.
Eucalyptus Oil is great for application at night on the chest and around the nose to help ease coughs and congestion. If your child has a very dry cough, Thyme is perfect at breaking up coughs so they can cough up what’s in their lungs, however, Thyme should be given in moderation and at half the adult dose (1/4 tsp to 2 cups boiling water).
I will say Pronatura Kombucha is a must to keep on hand, as it lasts a long time unopened and is fantastic at treating bronchial infections. You’ll also want to keep on hand Oregano Oil as its potency will treat any strep throat and will help you get over viral/bacterial infections faster. Other herbs that are great to take during cold and flu season for adults are: Goldenseal and Pau D’Arco.
Water is Important
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of good, purified water, even if you don’t feel like drinking. Remember, eating is not as important as drinking water. The body, during a cold or flu, may reduce appetite so it can focus on recovering. This is perfectly normal.
What’s in your drinking water?
The answer is not a good one. Most drinking water in the United States is treated with chlorine and contains fluoride along with a host of other chemicals mostly from the urine of those taking pharmaceutical drugs.
If your house does not have a well, then yes – your toilet water gets recycled into drinking water. Kind of gross if you think about it.
So what do you drink instead? Is bottled water good? I’m going to say NO – because these have been found to contain thousands of plastic particles per million and fluoride.
- Do not drink distilled or reverse osmosis water. Natural minerals are removed in this water and therefore leaches minerals from the body.
- Do not drink softened water.
- Do drink spring water or tap water filtered with a charcoal and fluoride filter.
Big Berkey is the best water filtration system I’ve seen. With its gravity filter, it doesn’t require a battery either.
Tylenol should NOT be given every chance you or your child’s fever spikes.
Fevers are the body’s way of killing the virus, you may be prolonging it by giving this to them.
Instead, may I suggest a TBSP of raw honey. Now if the temp climbs over 107 degrees, then give the child something to break the fever.
Diet is extremely important to not getting sick in the first place. Avoiding non-organic foods and GMO’s will strengthen your immune system as both damage it by attacking your digestive system with glyphosate and pesticides.
Another thing to keep in mind is to up the organic fruit intake (especially blueberries) during illness and soups as this ups your Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other important cancer and disease-fighting nutrients as well.
Chicken soup (dubbed the Jewish penicillin) is excellent as well. Studies have shown that chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and has a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms. It is packed with electrolytes and easy on the digestive system during illness.
Let me know if you have any questions! Here’s to your Health this cold and flu season!