while the fall is great for fashion, it sucks for health and by that i mean cold and flu season is in full effect. kayla has been sick pretty much for the last month and a half; first coming down with strep throat and then a week later, a cold. it seems that she's getting another cold just as she was starting to get better! to all cold viruses, y'all can fuck right off; you have no bidness here!
although taking cold meds can be fun (heh), i prefer to stick to natural remedies to reduce those miserable symptoms. here's what's in my arsenal:
wild oil of oregano. for real yo, i won't even lie: this tastes like ass but it really does work. a couple of weeks ago, i could tell that i was starting to come down with something so i took a few drops of this and it seriously felt like someone shat earthy hot sauce down my throat. i have to prepare my dinner first, then take this and then stuff as much food in my mouth just to minimize the after-taste. the worst part is that even when the burning has disappeared, you'll continue to taste traces of this when you burp.
after just 2 days of taking this, my sore throat went away and i didn't get sick. a freaking miracle in a bottle. and in case you're wondering, eating the dried herb isn't the same; the source plant must be Origanum Vulgare which is fitting considering your mouth feels vulgarly violoated after eating this. oil of oregano is known to be a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections. here are some other great benefits of oil of oregano:
- Destroying organisms that contribute to skin infections and digestive problems.
- Strengthening the immune system.
- Increasing joint and muscle flexibility.
- Improving respiratory health.
blueberries. one of my favorite berries, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, helps boost your immune system which helps fight disease.
blackberries. i couldn't eat blackberries before because they reminded me of insect eggs. gross, right? but i've since gotten over my fear and have been gobbling these up. similar to blueberries, blackberries are among the top 10 fruits that are loaded with antioxidents, helps prevent cancer and a bunch of other diseases and also helps boost your immune system.
manuka honey. not all honey is created equal. mass produced honey like that produced by BillyBee or whatever do nothing from a health perspective other than load your body with sugar. if you want to experience the true benefits of honey, use active manuka honey - it's loaded with antibacterial properties that's great for fighting infections. i've been feeding kayla a small spoonful of maunka honey every day since she got sick and it seemed to help reduce the symptoms and not turn into a full-blown illness. she loves it (it's like a lollipop for her!) and helps keep her healthy. note: if your child is under 1yr old, do not give any honey!
and my favorite way to feel better?
what natural remedies do you use that's not listed here? i'd love to hear about them.