On Sunday, my family was invited to a barbecue pool party. But, as is typical in Florida, it started to rain. Unlike the rest of the other sensible adults, who got out of the pool and dried off, I stayed in the pool for another 30 to 45 minutes with the children while the weather turned cooler and it rained even harder. Suffice it to say, that evening I started getting a sore throat and started to feel phlegm gathering faster than a pack of guys at a free bar buffet.
When I woke up the next morning, I didn’t feel any better. In fact, I felt worse.
So, inspired by my own cold kicking antics, I want to quickly share what a holistic doctor does when they get sick. Here are my top 5 go to remedies for a minor cold. I’ll show you how to stop it in its tracks before it turns into a big problem that may require medication.
Available online or at a health food store, simply gargle 5 mL for 30 seconds, hold under the tongue for another 30 seconds and swallow.
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Simply take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and lightly move around your mouth for 20 minutes. Don;t go gargle crazy or you’ll give yourself lockjaw. Spit into garbage and rinse with water when finished.
For more on the amazing benefits of coconut oil, including it’s antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral properties and dental health miracles.
Allow 5 pellets of natrum muriaticum dissolve under your tongue up to 3 times daily until symptoms resolve.
Homeopathy has a long history of safe and effective treatment of a huge list of ailments. The treatment an be used with any other treatment safely. This particular remedy is safe for kids and pregnant women. For more on ho
4) Homemade bone broth:
1 to 8 cups daily until symptoms lessen.
Think chicken soup on steroids (in the good way…um, nevermind). This is old school, people. Real stock minus all the additives like salt, sugar and good Lord knows what else. Here’s my recipe. Bottom line, bone broth is full of vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and glycosaminoglycans.. Basically, feel good in a glass, so drink up.
Apply 1-3 times daily until symptoms disappear. Push or rub each point and hold for 30 seconds up to 2 minutes.Large Intestine 4 (LI 4) or “Hegu”, which means “joining valley. The point is found in the web between the bones of the thumb and pointer finger. Find the point with the thumb of your free hand and push straight down. If it is tender, you’re on the right spot.This is our specialty. We can kick a cold’s booty, take its lunch money and set it crying home to mommy like a playground bully getting a major dose of karma. Find an acupuncturist here. Fine me here.
Acopints ST 36, Sp 6 and LV 3 shown:
Stomach 36 (ST36): I call it the penicillin point. Its’ great for exhaustion, upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, vomiting, depression, nervousness, insomnia, general weakness, and breast pain. It is located on the outside of both lower legs about 3 inches below the knee. When in doubt, no matter what the issue, push here.
Fermented cod liver oil, ongoing for immune system support.
Sounds gross? Have you heard your snuffly nose and cough lately? Want to kick colds to the curb? Get thee some fermented cod liver oil and give your immune system a major makeover.
I hope my personal go-to remedies help you. But remember, the best offense is a good defense. Prevention with good food (and getting out of the pool when it gets cold) are just a good idea. Feel better soon!
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9