For this week’s Tea Time Tuesday article I was more than prepared to delve into the wonders of cooking (and uncooking) with kombucha. However, after coming down with a nasty case of Acute Sinusitis (ahem, a sinus infection), I decided to deviate from my course a bit to discuss how I have been naturally and holistically handling this bad case of the Sniffles and the Sneezes.
Now I do want to let you all know that if you are sick, you should consult the counsel of a medical professional before attempting to self- medicate, or ‘cure’ your symptoms.
I will also disclose a little secret with my Blogosphere friends: I have no health insurance. Yes, that is correct. I am a small business owner who started a company with a little less than $200 in capital and have managed to do very very well for myself. Yet leaving my corporate career to pursue my passion also meant walking away from a fairly decent health insurance plan with prescription drug benefits.
I am in no financial position to outright afford a health insurance plan. I am, however, in the perfect position to do everything positive I can for my body in an effort to prevent getting sick. You see, in contemporary Western societies, healthcare is centered around treating sick, not preventing it. Prevention Care is not what pharmaceutical companies are focused on…they are focused on sick, becuse there’s lots of money in sick: not in health and wellness.
Yet I digress.
So Leslie has no health insurance, but I do have a 24-7 access, state- of- the- art gym membership, two different types of juicers, access to the best that local produce can offer, and a wealth of knowledge of the healing power of herbs and living foods. With these tools in my arsenal, I feel I am ready to ward off many of the illnesses that land most Americans in the hospital in the first place.
So when I came down with a nasty sinus infection this weekend, I knew just where to start. My kitchen cabinets. Symptom by symptom, I have been able to help suppress many of my sniffles, sneezes, and coughs.
A steaming pot of boiled hibiscus flowers helped to add moisture to the air in my dry second-level apartment, and also moisten my sore, dry nasal cavities. The constant nose-blowing really takes a toll on my nostrils, and the steam from the tea helps with adding back some of that moisture.
Sipping hot herbal tea slowly helps soothe my sore throat. It’s easy to swallow, feels great going down the inside of my throat, and helps to wash out some of the nasty mucus taste from my mouth.
Adding a cough drop to your tea and letting it melt into the brew also helps to extend the tingling, numbing, soothing effect of its medicine by reducing its concentration.
Adding honey instead of sugar to my tea when I’m sick helps to naturally suppress the coughing.
If I have been coughing a lot, honey in my tea is my standard go-to remedy. If the coughing is really bad, I take a lemon wedge (or a few drops of lemon juice), plop it into half a pint of kombucha, add some honey, and a peppermint, and chug. It tastes weird, but for some reason, it helps!
A must if I am feeling under the weather. Wheatgrass juice is also a key go- to. Since it is 70% chlorophyll, it captures a wealth of light energy. It is easy to digest, helps to rid the body of toxins, and contains a copious amount of trace minerals and key enzymes for human bodies. A few shots of wheatgrass juice really do go hand in hand with healing.
Garlic, Onion & Peppers
Perfect for helping to clear the sinuses, cooking with these elements when I’m sick really helps with producing the mucus that gets the germs OUT.
Rest & Relaxation
It’s most unfortunate that only when I’m sick or extremely fatigue do I focus on getting the sleep that I need. But rest, relaxation, and plenty of sleep help my body fight off the bad bugs of wintertime.
While I have been nursing my symptoms with these around-the-home products, I am playing it safe. If my symptoms haven’t subsisded within 7-8 days, I am going to consult a physician. However, I am going to do all I can before making that call, to help my body do what it does best: take care of itself.
Until next time, my homesteading friends.