Are you getting Bugged by those nasty winter bugs? I appreciate being asked frequently what I give my kids when they come down with the flu, as well as any of those other nasty winter bugs. For that same reason, I decided to write this post sharing what has worked best for our family as we strive to walk the path of wellness.
My road to alternative healing started 28 years ago when I sat in a surgery room watching tubes being put in the ears of my 18 month old. Let me simply state, “NOT A GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR A MOTHER.” Well the tubes quickly fell out and I was told that they must be replaced. It was then that I began my search for another solution.
I was telling of the situation to a close friend of my mother who was, and still is a nurse. She listened as I voiced my concerns and then she asked, “Have you ever tried to use herbs?” “No I had not.” I didn’t even know what that meant, but I was very eager to learn… And I did! Happily no more tubes, fewer doctor visits and new solutions for my children who once battled with allergies, ear infections, and other sensitivities. Yes, you could say this new information made me a happy mother. I quickly found that the holistic route worked wonders for my family.
Even though seeing a doctor is a rare occurrence for us today, I absolutely call for an appointment when what we are doing does not knock it in a reasonable amount of time, if there is a high temp or I when I have NO clue what is going on in their body. Let me state that what I am writing in this blog is something that has been extremely helpful for us, but I am not recommending anything to you or your family, giving you total responsibility for making your own decisions for your own family.
It may take you a little time to feel comfortable with using natural remedies and what they can do for you. I know I had my questions until my confidence took a sky rocket when I received some “good-kooddo’s” from my child’s pediatrician. She ask me on a return visit for my child, what I did that fought off a nasty infection so quickly instead of the prescription that was prescribed by another doctor in the office. I know this sounds bold…but I was very comfortable with her because she herself took herbs to keep from picking up all the crud that came into her office.
Wow, looking back, I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. I started counting the years since I was introduced to herbs…I find it amazing that it has been 28 years, I have used homeopathic and Bach Flower remedies for 15 years and Essential oils for the last 13 years. Just a moment, I have to take a breath, I am starting to feel a little old. 🙂
Now remember, I am only telling you what has worked for us, not prescribing to you and there is no kick back from these companies…I have used them for so long they feel like part of my family. During these times we watch what we eat. I do not give my family any sweets, soda or you know, things like that when they are feeling under the weather. I was taught that sugar will shut down the immune system for a few hours making it easier to catch what is going around. Truth? I couldn’t tell you, but the goal is to help support the body, not have it fight extra hard.
Any time we had that nasty flu bug (cold symptoms, etc) going through. The first thing I did was give them “Oreganol” a STRONG brand of Oil of Oregano. It is so powerful that it feels like it is killing everything in your throat as it goes down. I take a small spoon of water (or small glass) and put ONE drop of the oil – then I just swallow it. I make sure that I have a glass of water to drink immediately, because it feels like it burns. The kids have gotten use to it though, so they do not complain at all. They ask me for it so they can get well quickly.
I love my “Lymph Gland Cleanse” (capsulated herbs) from Nature Sunshine. This herb has been a standard in our family for those 29 years. I use it immediately when I feel that I am going to come down with something. I always make sure I eat something before, because the herbs can give me a stomach ache on an empty stomach. I was taught to not take this on a daily basis like vitamins, because the body would become immune to it and it would not work as quickly.
Another one of our favorites, especially if I have any signs of a cough is a product called “Clear Lungs” this Chinese herbal formula has knocked out that nasty stuff for us over the last several years.
I learned right away from trial and error that if I am going to use the holistic approach, I must be quit aggressive in my application. Those times that I took it only a couple of times a day, like a prescription, I was not getting enough into my body; therefore, the symptoms would hang on for a longer amount of time and recovery was slow. So what works best for me is .to hit it hard the first day or two. I usually for the first day or two, take the herbs that I feel will help every 2 to 3 hours. Once I hit it hard then I can slow it down by the 3rd day if I feel better (and I usually do). By focusing my efforts to help my body, the immune system gains the support it needs to fight off what is going on and I am usually over the yuckies by the first or second day. I have been able to eliminate something before it gets to be full blown because I take action the minute I start to notice that I am not feeling right.
LOVE, LOVE Essential Oils. I have many oils that I use…I love them all. Essential oils is something that our family uses on a daily basis…low on energy, calming, relaxing, motivating and especially when I am around others who have those terrible germs. To find out what they are good for, you can Google “essential oils” and find a boat load of info. I use several different brands, I have always made sure that what I buy is of good quality, it makes a difference.
I have taught my family how to muscle test to see what will help to keep the body strong. I would suggest you learn how. I even got my husband involved in doing it when he had to change the way he was eating for a period of a year. Food items that would normally be healthy for a person, he might not be able to eat it depending on how his body was responding that day. For any who want to know, and do not. I will get a video posted up to show you what I do.
I’m going to stop here for today…..if I keep going you will never get me to stop. You see, having what we need to be self-reliant is important to me; which is why I have always been grateful and can’t sing enough praises for God’s simple cures!