Friday, December 11, 2009

Sickness Survival Guide

I'm being feeling rather punk (as my grandma would say) and so all day I've been downing my trusted at home remedies for feeling sick:

Lots of Rooibos Tea

"Rooibos has anti-carcinogenic and antimutagenic effects. Rooibos tea is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Consumption of rooibos tea may relief fever, asthma, insomnia, colic in infants and skin disorders. Rooibos extracts are used in ointments against eczema. In South Africa it is very common to give rooibos tea to babies who suffer from stomach cramps (colics)."

7 drops of Oil of Oregano

"The ancient Greeks were one of the first people to recognize oregano oil for its health benefits and medicinal qualities. It is known to be a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections."

Salt Water + Neti Pot


"Practitioners of Yoga attribute both physical and spiritual benefits to performing Neti on a daily basis:  Debris, bacteria, and mucous are removed from the nose, the sinus cavities are drained and aerated, the body’s natural defenses against nasal infections are “renewed,” conditions like hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and tonsillitis are alleviated, clearing the nostrils reduces mouth breathing and promotes a more natural and healthy nasal breathing pattern etc"

Honey (I put in my rooibos tea)

"One of the better known health benefits of honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that causes the infection."

Chicken Soup (Jewish Penicillin...very good at Solly's)

"The best scientific evidence we have for chicken soup's cold-fighting capacity, however, comes from a study at the University of Nebraska where researchers exposed neutrophils, the white blood cells that fight infections but also cause inflammation, to diluted chicken broth. The liquid slowed the movement of the cells, suggesting that in the body chicken soup can do the same thing. The result, if you have a cold, would be relief of some symptoms. "

I also grab the Airborne (why not), Tylenol cold and flu (a must), and some good old home movies to pass the time as I REST (most important). 

What are your remedies?

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