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Natural Remedies


I was wondering if any of you had any advice on how to treat pneumonia and the flu with natural remedies. Yes, I know you need prescription drugs and antibiotics, but what else can you do naturally to speed up the healing process??
Dec 21, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

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Scents Of Peace

My personal experience

First off, you need to keep your chest clear of all the gunk that builds up. This is number one priority to speed the healing. I make an essential oil blend for aches and pains, but one of the benefits is that it help clear you out. It helps to have an arsenal of essential oils already so I hope you have, or can get, essential oil of eucalyptus, wintergreen, and/or camphor. From experience I know this works . . . blend a mixture of the mentioned oils in a base of sesame oil (in a pinch use vegetable cooking oil like canola, etc.). In this case use about a 20% dilution. Apply on your chest and back, wrap a bath towel around yourself and run water as hot as you can tolorate while standing in the shower. The towel help hold the heat close to your body while the essential oils work with the steam to help open up your sinuses and chest. Forget about being "lady like"- cough, spit; do whatever it takes to get it up and out ;-) It's never a good time to be sick, and I hope this helps speed your recovery. If you need more advice go to my profile and meebo me.
Dec 22, 2006 @ 01:25 am
Scents Of Peace

One more thing . . .

Replace your toothbrush when you get sick AND as you're getting better . . . or at least after you're better. It's a very small investment that has shortened my recovery time considerably. It's actually recommended you replace your toothbrush every three months even if it's not worn out.
Dec 22, 2006 @ 05:30 pm

I had the same type of symptoms...

and my naturopath gave me b12 injections every week as well as B supplements, TIM and HMF. You can get these products at a Naturopath's office. I also buy them at Markie's Pharmacy at Bay and Yorkville in Toronto. Takes a few weeks to actually start feeling like a human but it does work...and my antibiotics are still sitting on top of the fridge without even one out of the bottle.
Dec 24, 2006 @ 02:49 pm

have a little fun and listen to your body

I lived in Europe for a number of years. I picked up on a few of their thoughts on this.

First, many of the northern Europeans go regularly to the sauna. Not the steam room, you need the dry heat of the sauna. You stay in as long as you can stand it, then go out and have a brief cold shower. Then sit and relax until your heartrate is back to baseline, and repeat this several (maybe 3) times. This may not be a way to beat an existing problem, but it is great as a preventative measure.

Second, sweat out your problem. My good friend takes the hottest bath he can handle until he's good and sweaty. Then he puts on warm pyjamas and climbs into bed under a few blankets. It's icky, being bathed in your own sweat, but he swears by it.

Third, push fluids. If you don't have an appetite for it, cut back your solids and go for broths, clear juices, and tea.

Fourth, relax and listen to your body. Instead of taking decongestants and other medicines, take a sick day and do what your body needs. If you have a stuffy nose, use a humidifier with eucalyptus oil or Vaporub. If you have a headache, take the smallest dose of painkiller you can. Otherwise, try to avoid taking meds and if you are exhausted, SLEEP! Don't take a Dayquil or whatever.

Fifth, my husband's grandmother always gargles with vodka when she feels the first tickle in the throat. She rarely gets ill. My mom does the same, except with salt water. I find the alcohol remedy works better. Treat your symptoms the moment they appear. Don't wait a day to see what happens, because then it's a full-fledged problem.

Sixth, remember mind over matter. Maybe I'm just weak-minded, but if I don't use sheer willpower to make myself well, I am sick for at least twice as long. I just say out loud that I don't have time for this, I take my bare minimum remedies, try to get a good night's rest that night and attempt to forget about it. When I dwell on the tickle in my throat or the stuffy in my nose, I wallow in self pity and can't get past it. Like I said, maybe I'm just too open to the power of suggestion!

Finally, when someone in the house is sick, I try to sanitize common areas. Doorknobs and lightswitches are most often neglected. I already keep my bathroom and kitchen clean enough, so Lysoling those areas probably wouldn't do much more. I carry out the snotty trash more often and wash towels and bedlinens during and after the illness has passed.
Jan 09, 2007 @ 11:45 am

great advice...

Love the advice mamaluv, I am going to have to try some of that stuff! Thanks for the ideas. :o)
Jan 10, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

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