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‘Tis the Season of the Flu!

I have been dodging the flu, year, after year, after year – the natural way.  I don’t do influenza vaccines, shots or sprays, in fact, I am very much against them. Why? Because the last time I received the flu shot, 6 years ago,  was the last time I got really ‘stay-in-bed-watch tv-all day long-for the next 5 days’ sick. Many won’t find anything wrong with this scenario but it has had a huge impact on my timesheet, health and stamina. Ever since my last episode of dealing with the flu, 6 years ago, I have been fighting any sign of the flu symptoms, my way (which I will share my recipe with you in a bit). As a result of choosing to bypass the flu shot, I have built and cultivated a strong immune system, I have ward off my body being infused with numerous chemicals of which names I can’t even pronounce and won’t find a definition to using google, and my boss has never been so proud of my attendance. If you choose to disagree with me, well then, cry me a river.

 

I wrote this article because I wanted to share the natural/traditional ways dealing with the cold and the flu-like symptoms, now that the season is upon us. So let’s begin…

 

You know that feeling.

Chills, congestion and weakness, creeping up on you.

You feel it in your bones, your eyes, and nose.

You know it’s coming.

You may be in denial, but – when you wake up tomorrow morning, it will be worse and you know it.

Before you give into the over-the-counter mode, try this -

 

Garlic.

 

Garlic – stimulates the immune system and helps ward off viruses and lowers the risk of catching a cold. Garlic works best when consumed raw, either crushed, diced, or minced. Don’t believe me? Ask your parents why they rub raw garlic on their bread when they eat borscht and bite on the same piece of garlic they used to rub that piece of bread. I use garlic to help clear up stuffiness and congestion. Right before I go to sleep, I chop/crush 2-3 gloves of fresh garlic and place the plate few feet away from my bed. This helps kill germs I cough/sneeze out and keeps my nasal passage breathing through the night. 

 

 

Steam – put the kids to bed. Go take that hot and steam-filled shower. Inhale in and exhale out. You’re welcome!

 

 

Here is where it gets interesting…but first – prepare your bed. Things will get steamy. Save the 624 thread count sheets for later. Right now, all you need is an extra warm, down, feather-filled comforter, peppermint tea laced up with raspberry jam, piece of lemon, and teaspoon of honey. Drink it up! (Peppermint tea decreases chills and increases perspiration, both of which help to bring your fever down). Wrap yourself in the extra warm comforter and go to sleep. Warning! You will sweat. You will sweat balls. It’s goooood.

You will be drowning in sweat and no matter how much you will want to unwrap the blanket off, don’t do it! Stick it out! Let your body sweat out the virus.

Works for me each and every time. The second I feel symptoms sneaking up on me, above mentioned is what I do. The next morning, I do not find the need to call-in sick. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. You need to restore the liquids and it’s also a great way to clean out your system from germ causing viruses.

 

Many traditional home remedies can be your body’s best defense against colds and the flu, also helping to minimize their impact if they do take hold. Prevention is the best medicine. Make sure you eat healthy, exercise, sleep more, reduce your stress and of course, Wash, Rinse, Repeat!

 

Stay healthy my friends!

 

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