When you are already battling chronic illness, getting a cold or flu on top of that can really knock you out. Since I am already on a number on serious medications for Systemic Lupus, I don’t want to add any medicine that could conflict with them. Even natural herbal remedies can counteract, so I am using caution and trying alternative ways to relieve symptoms. My three-pronged approach includes spiced tea, aromatherapy and pet therapy.
Step One: Tea Therapy
As I expounded on in my post about Chai tea, fresh whole spices have an amazing capacity for healing. I will make today’s healing tea using chamomile tea, fresh ginger, raw honey and lemon.
Chamomile is calming and my go-to tea when I feel lousy. Fresh ginger is known for soothing sore throats, warming the body and helping relieve fever and nausea. Raw honey has antibiotic properties and is excellent for treating sore throats and respiratory conditions. Lemon juice is a good source of vitamin C, known for helping the immune system fight against illness.
Chamomile Ginger Tea
Add ginger to water, and bring to boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium low, place tea bag in water, and simmer for five minutes. Remove tea bag, strain, stir in honey and lemon. Drink hot.
Step Two: Aromatherapy
On my desk is an essential oil diffuser that connects to my computer via a USB cable. There are many other kinds of essential oil diffusers that you can get and place wherever is convenient.
I am using several drops each of Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils in the water. Both are known as heavy hitters for their antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic properties.
Adding aromatic herbs or essential oils to the bath or shower is also very useful for overall well being. You can tie a mesh bag with herbs under the showerhead, or let in steep in the bath water. A damp cloth with a few drops of essential oil will diffuse into the air in a steamy shower area. I like the combination of Eucalyptus, and either Peppermint or Spearmint to open the airways and ease congestion.
I love my sampler set from Eden’s Garden:
Step Three: Pet Therapy
Even when I was a child, I knew being around animals made me feel better. We rented a house where we were not allowed to have pets, but I would walk around our neighborhood and lure cats to me from their porches so I could pet them.
Animals also seem to instinctively know when we are not well. From amazing cancer-sniffing dogs to therapy pets being brought to hospitals, the healing powers of animals are becoming more widely recognized. Mine always love being on my lap or curling up beside me when I sleep. When I am ill, they are extra gentle, “checking on me” by sniffing my breathing and looking at my eyes close up.
Hopefully, these ideas will help me, and anyone else having a rough time during through cold and flu season, get back to feeling better quickly.
Information on spices and essential oils obtained from the following lovely books:
Please note that I am not a medical professional or nutritionist, but rather one writing based on my own experience and research. Do not take spices as remedies, or in place of medicines you have been prescribed, without consulting with a trained professional.
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