We can't really control what is going on outside our own households. We can control what we are doing to take care of ourselves right now though!
Each of my blog entries is building on information that I shared from the previous blog so if you are unsure of what else you might do to take care of yourself please go back and re-read the previous entries. Share it with your friends so they can have a pro-active mindset as well.
This is the 3rd blog since coronavirus hit now and the goal of this blog is to share what to do when/if you do feel that you have been exposed and/or have signs and symptoms. As the COVID-19 situation unfolds in our area please go back and review the 1st newsletter, in particular, as it had helpful hints on building up your immune system and your lungs. That old phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" applies here.
I hope that you find this blog helpful. I am still here blending formulas as long as I can. :) And I am still open for virtual appointments on Zoom if you have any questions or need personalized answers.
Yours in health,
So you are feeling like you are coming down with something but aren't really sure. Maybe it is body fatigue or a tightness when you breathe. While I hope many of you take me up on the offer of my "proactive" and "active" blends what do you do if you don't have those on hand or much else and you can only send someone to the grocery store?
Garlic - By now you have likely heard me reiterate again and again my love for garlic. Any garlic capsules at the store will do, start taking 2 pills 3 times a day (not on an empty stomach.) If you have real garlic then crush it and chop it up, set it aside for 10 minutes for the allicin in it to activate. Then take with a spoonful of honey. Is it maybe gross? Maybe? But how badly to do you want to fight this thing?
If you want to take garlic to the next level and you have prepared I would suggest buying the garlic oil that I have on hand, Herbalist and Alchemist Garlic Oil because it has antimicrobial essential oils in it. Use it as a nasal oil It feels a bit funny at first but if you have something lingering in your sinuses, a few drops of oil placed in the nostrils and snorted in while laying on your back does wonders for knocking germs back. The use of infused oils in this way is very common in Ayurveda. I do this often right before bed so that I don't taste the garlic all day. It feels a bit funny and you will eventually feel the garlic running down the back of your throat. Simply imagine it killing everything in its path. If you aren't quite up for that then massage it over your sinuses on your cheeks it will be absorbed through the skin and into the sinus area.
Ginger - A ginger bath is an easy home remedy. The goal is actually to help activate the immune system by increasing your body heat and then allowing the ginger to support the body in diaphoresis (opening of pores to allow excess heat to escape). We need to remember that a fever is one way that the body fights a virus, so artificially lowering a fever is often no longer recommended in in mainstream medicine. Take a 3-4 inch chunk of ginger and cut it into coins, no need to peel. Place in a covered stock pot with a quart of water and steep for 30-40 minutes. Strain and add to a bath, have you or your child sit in it for 20 minutes. Wrap up and go to bed! If you can't take a full bath consider at least a foot bath. While taking care of those toes in a foot bath, consider massaging the sinus areas and the pad of the foot where the lungs are located in reflexology. See the image below.
Essential oils - What oils do you have on hand? While some are better than others such as tea tree, eucalyptus, fir and pine family oils, and frankincense, keep in mind that all oils have some degree of antimicrobial properties. If you have someone ill in your house begin a regular schedule of diffusing. If you have oils but no diffuser then do it old school. Place a pot of hot water on the stove and add a couple drops of oil. Drape a cotton towel of your head and have the person who is ill inhale deeply for several minutes. Don't over do it, just a few minutes. Be careful not to burn yourself or child. When they are done keep the water simmering to help cleanse the air in the house. (If you have a cat, keep them out of the space you are diffusing in. Essential oils can lead to kidney and liver failure in cats.)
Hydrate - Your body is working hard right now and it needs optimal fluid to do its job. We call the lungs the delicate organ because the lungs don't like to be too wet or too dry. If the body is lacking enough moisture the lungs will dry out and will not be able to properly cleanse themselves. Take sips of warm water, tea, or broth as often as possible. Besides hydraing the body, drinking a bit of hot water regularly washes germs in your throat out of your respiratory tract and into your stomach to be dealt with. A neti pot would also assist in this clearing of germs from your upper respiratory tract!
Qi Gong - Do Qi Gong for the lungs. Good qi movement and breathwork supports the lungs ability to operate optimally and get the energy that it needs to heal. I shared this video in my first newsletter but it is worth sharing again. I am just as human as everyone else in getting lulled into a feeling of "too busy" to do this. but honestly we all have 15 minutes if we really want to make it a priority. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3noqRBgxWM