I wanted to compile a list of some of the things I did to help get me through this demon sickness. But first I’m sure the question is: So what did you have?
- Dry cough sometimes phlegm (confused as to whether or not this came from my nose or my lungs)
- Stuffy nose that seemed to be worse on one side, every now and then it would go from dripping to fully and nothing coming in or out, and then it would be clear…very confusing!!!! and annoying!
- Headaches/sinus aches that filled even my cheeks/temples/forehead
- Sore throat for a couple days with swelling and redness
- Dryness around the nose from blowing so much and dry lips
- Sheer exhaustion and low energy
- Low-grade fever (my BBT is 35.4-35.6 so for those of you who don’t know your BBT it might be a good thing to measure so you know when you do or don’t have a fever! a topic for another day)
Holy Crud….I didn’t realize that list was going to get so long…can I also add eyes that wept and had pain to light without everyone getting scared for what I had? lol I am not exactly sure where I picked this up but it’s here, it’s strong, it’s overwhelming and all I want to do is share with you how I’m getting over it (yes, I’m still feeling cruddy and no, I’m not changing my mind about medication).
Should I do this symptom at a time or just overall what I did? I’m going start general and give a couple specific tricks at the end of this post to help with specific problems 🙂
So what did I do? Here was my daily routine:
- Ginger & Berry Tea** (recipe below)
- Vitamin D3 supplement with megadose for first couple days (i personally did 8,000 IU, some people may do more for a couple days but I don’t endorse a particular dosage, please look online and seek medical advice from a health professional, preferably a naturopath, to discuss safety of use)
- Vitamin C megadose (I did 2g, twice daily, wanted to do this three times daily but i kept forgetting!!)
- Oil of Oregano (5-6 drops sublingually, held there for about a minute, sometimes just 30 seconds, put water in mouth and gargled with what was left, done 1-2 times daily)
- Whole foods that keep my body healthful
- Coconut Oil for my dry nose and lips (applied solid and it melted right on touch haha)
- Bath with favorite essential oil (I used lemongrass because it’s my favorite and i used about 4-5 drops in a full tub)
- Raw Honey
- LOTS OF WATER!
Ginger and Berry Tea
I really don’t measure how much water/ginger I put in so you’ll have to play with this but here’s the general idea of it:
- 4-6 slices of peeled ginger root (about 1/4 in thick), if you take it from a narrow arm use about 6, if from the body of the root, you can use around 4
- Favorite berry, I used 4 blackberries and 5 raspberries (this part is optional but delicious)
- 1 slice of lemon
- 1 tsp – 1 tbsp of raw honey
Fill a medium pot halfway with water or so, put the cut ginger root in the water. Put the water on high to bring to a boil. Before boiling, grab your berries one at a time and squish it in your thumb, first finger and middle finger so it lets a bit of juice out over the pot – throw the entire berry in the pot now. Let this boil for about 10 minutes, tasting along the way to see how you like the strength. Once it is to you tasting, put some in your favorite sick mug and squeeze 1/2-1 slice of lemon in the tea and melt a bit of honey in the tea. This is a very warming tea and it helps get you through the tough moments of this sickness. The honey is very soothing to the throat too! Sit on the couch with a nice blanket and enjoy!
Now down to some specifics…
“My head and sinuses are throbbing!!! What can I do? ”
This is one of the most common symptoms that make people leap to conventional medicine – more typically Tylenol or some type of cold/flu medicine. There are some great pressure points I use to relieve the headaches that I get from this type of illness. There is a spot located in that dimple area beneath your nose and above your lip. You can press there and breathe deeply and slowly through your nose; if you are unable to, you can breathe through your mouth and attempt to breathe nasally when you feel you can. There are some other pressure points on the face that work, feel along your eyebrows and you’ll quickly find where it feels good! (I press the bridge of my nose as well, in the middle near that “bump” area)
“ I can’t breeeeeeathe! My nose is so clogged! ”
Don’t jump! You can do it! The ginger tea really helped me actually while i was MAKING it – I put my face over the pot and breathed deeply. It smells delicious and the steam and heat help relax your nose. I am afraid that I am still suffering from a stuffed nose and sinus congestion but my other symptoms are relieving themselves!
” My nose is raw from all the blowing, it hurts so much! ”
Coconut oil. Simple as that. Apply it on your nose, a little in, a little out, on your lip, allllll over. It feels incredible.
” The devil has laid eggs in my throat… ”
Raw honey!!! Take a spoon of honey and coat your throat with it! It’s soothing and delicious! 🙂
There’s probably a lot more questions and a lot of other symptoms you might be going through but I hope some of this helps! I also use a humidifier at night to keep the air moist! Good luck on getting over this bug everyone!