We often forget how catastrophic being sick is until the time comes when we’re laid up in bed for days with a toilet paper roll by our side and reruns of ‘Friends’ keeping us company – not to mention the guilt we carry from calling out of work. This is precisely what has prompted me to write this blog, being in the thick of my 3rd sickness this winter. There is no rhyme or reason as to why I’ve managed to catch every nasty bug that goes by, but last winter I was healthy the whole season – I guess I was overdue. I wanted to write what natural remedies have worked for me in terms of developing a speedy recovery and easing all of my symptoms.
Eucalyptus Salve – I made my own version of Vicks Vapor Rub by combining the following:
- Grapeseed Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Vitamin E
This Black Juice – I had to take this like a shot and plug my nose, but it works. This will work to ease a sore throat while pulling toxins out of the body. Combine the following and .. Bottoms Up!
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Activated Charcoal
- Orange Juice
Cold and Flu Syrup – This DIY concoction will surely help ease your symptoms and give your body the ammo it needs in the war against cold and flu. Combine the following (minus the honey and lemon) with 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Let simmer until about half the liquid is gone and strain. Add in the lemon and honey and stir until well blended. I usually take about 2 tablespoons in the morning and at night and I honestly love the taste. Feel free to take some liberties with the recipe and add in Tumeric or Elderberries or anything else you think could be beneficial!
- 1/4 cup Marshmallow Root
- 1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 cup Honey
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
- 1/4 cup Ginger Root
Yoga to Ease Congestion – Try the following poses to allow the chest to open and release. I have attached photos (used pretty, pre-sickness photos) and a few pointers to help you get in and out safely.
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose) – Begin on your knees with toes tucked and spine straight. Bring your palms to your lower back with fingers facing up and on an exhale begin to slowly lean back, using your hands as support. If this feels like enough, stay! Otherwise bring your hands to your ankles and keep your hips forwards (a little more of a challenge could be to lay the feet flat). If it is comfortable for the neck, let the head relax back – otherwise keep the neck neutral. When you are ready to exit the posture, slowly come up one vertebrae at a time and allow to head to rise last. Take a childs pose to counter the back bend.
- Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) – Start on your belly with arms by your side and forehead resting on the mat. Bend your knees and grab ahold of the outside edges of the feet or ankles and on an inhale press the feet into the hands to lift the chest off the mat. Relax any unnecessary struggle in the chest area and really allow yourself to open up across the shoulder girdle. After a few deep breaths release slowly back down to your belly.
- Sirsasana (Headstand Pose) – Only attempt this posture if it is already in your practice, if not try resting on your back with your legs up the wall to reap the same benefits. I prefer the traditional ashtanga method when entering a headstand, but feel free to apply to tripod approach. Begin seated on your heels and interlace your fingers, leaving a little extra space between the pinkies to keep them from getting squished. Lean forward and place your forearms on the mat, keeping your elbows in and sturdy. Find that little flat area on the top of your head and place it on the mat right behind your clasped hands. Allow your hands to support the back of your head as you hinge forward and begin to straighten your legs. There are a couple different approaches to take from here – you could choose to come up onto your toes and pike into headstand, or bend the knees and bring your legs up before straightening them out completely. Hold for as long as you are comfortable – and remember to breath! When you are ready to come down either bend the knees and slowly lower, pike the feet to the mat, or bring one leg down at a time. Take it back to childs pose while you adjust to becoming ‘right side up’ again.