Cold and flu season is upon us, so I thought I’d share my “Survival Guide Bag of Tricks” with you.
My Bag of Tricks is in addition to eating wholesome food and living a healthy lifestyle which are key to staying healthy. But there are times we need a ‘bag of tricks’ to stave off illness – or shorten the duration/lessen the symptoms once we are sick. Sometimes we need a bag of tricks despite flu and pneumonia and allergy shots.
That’s me in the selfie picture, not trusting my thermometer, so using two, trying to determine if I was coming down with something.
Having a suppressed immune system, so therefore very susceptible to respiratory infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, colds and flus, which can/have landed me in the hospital more times than I can count, as my immune system cannot fight them off, I’ve done a lot of research in building my ‘survival guide bag of tricks.’
There’s measures you can take to protect yourself during cold and flu season:
- Taking supplements such as Umcka, Defense Plus, oregano oil capsules, coconut oil capsules, probiotics, Vit C & D, Manuka honey lozenges and colloidal silver lozenges. I’ve included some links below.
- Avoid sick people and wash your hands a lot.
- Diffusing essential oils such as oregano and eucalyptus.
- Car diffusers are available and a very good idea to kill germs you carry from public places into your car!
- Acupuncture with a licensed acupuncturist is another great protection against infectious disease. I don’t miss a week during cold and flu season.
Once you are sick:
- Continue with the preventives mentioned above plus:
- Good old fashioned chicken noodle soup/bone broth is beneficial in addition to continuing the aforementioned bag of tricks.
- Drink lots of water and coconut water to prevent dehydration.
- Tea with honey and lemon – especially herbal teas specific to your symptoms, I particularly like green and ‘cold and flu teas’ and teas with rosehips, ginger and hibiscus, to treat/prevent illness. Herbal tea companies are good at what they do!
- GSE Throat Spray: Kills the germs that make you sick and soothes your throat and alleviates cough. Link below.
- Sinus Irrigation. Link below.
I take oregano oil capsules, coconut oil capsules, vitamins and probiotics, as a preventative – and the others mentioned above once I’m exposed or feel like I’m coming down with something. Diffusing the oils everyday is a good preventative measure, as well as good treatment once you are sick. I diffuse them all night as well.
For food poisoning:
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar/BACV! A tablespoon diluted with water, add honey if you need to make it palatable. Repeat if needed. This has stopped food poisoning in its tracks for my family and me.
- In restaurants, a good prevention is requesting your water without lemon. Restaurant lemons are rarely washed and 70% of them test positive for bacteria which causes food poisoning.
Note: BACV is good to use on a daily basis as it has many health benefits.
As for seasonal allergies/hay fever:
- Diffusing peppermint, eucalyptus, basal, lemon and tea tree oils can help.
- Using sinus irrigation removes the pollen from your sinuses which really helps. Link below.
- Consuming raw, local honey is a great preventative. It must be raw and local for seasonal allergy benefits.
- A supplement called ‘Aller-Max by Country Life’ is great. My son who suffers from hay fever/spring allergies, gets great relief from Aller-Max. No ill side effects! All natural good-for-you ingredients!
I created a simple recipe for cinnamon toast that is very beneficial in fighting infections and seasonal allergies and it’s absolutely delicious and very good for you on many levels!
Note: Check for drug interactions before taking supplements with your medications: Go here.
- Toasted organic bread of your choice: gluten-free, etcetera
- Organic coconut oil (not all created equal, use a delicious brand such as Nutiva or Kirkland)
- Raw local honey (available at farmers markets and natural food stores)
- Organic and/or Saigon cinnamon
- Spread toast liberally with coconut oil
- Drizzle liberally with honey
- Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon
I’ve had this when I feel a cold coming on and I feel it being stopped in its tracks upon eating a slice of this delicious medicinal toast! Don’t wait for cold and flu season, enjoy it year-round, as it has many health benefits! Cut back on the quantity of honey though, if consuming regularly, or if you have diabetes. Oh and increase the cinnamon if you have diabetes!
I’ve included a few links to some of the items in ‘my bag of tricks.’ Here’s to staving off/surviving hay fever, colds, flus and other bugs!
⚫️ Disclaimer: If you’re sick and declining, call your doc or go urgent care or the ER/ED.