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I beat the flu in 24 hours, using only natural remedies–and you can too! Stay away from synthetic medicines and their unpredictable side effects.
Now that I’m in my 40s *cough* I’m starting to learn a few things:
- Ice cream tastes better than skinny feels.
- My kitchen will never look like a magazine.
- My body knows when it needs a break.
One particular day last month, I got off work at the usual time and picked up the kids from school and daycare. Instead of being just “work tired,” though, I was completely exhausted and brain-fogged. My stomach hurt, my joints hurt, and I had a fever and chills.
A younger, more energetic version of me would have just kept going–making dinner, tidying the house, etc. etc. This “Energizer Bunny” attitude (just keep going, and going, and going…) is probably why I got a nasty case of mono in my 20s, but I digress.
This time, I listened to my body and it unequivocally said STOP.
If I was going to beat this bug–whatever it was–I needed to hit it with everything I had. Hubby stepped in for the evening routine and I went on the offensive.
Reminder: I’m not a doctor, and this information should not be considered medical advice. Do your own research and use good judgement!
I started with an immune-boosting detox bath with a homemade, therapeutic epsom salt blend.
Epsom salt isn’t just for soaking your feet! Since it’s made of magnesium sulfate, it helps the body detox and relieves muscle pain. The warm bath was soothing and relaxing as well.
After the bath, I used several other products to provide immune support. I especially like doTERRA’s On Guard+ softgels because they contain multiple essential oils that help boost immunity.
The OnGuard+ softgels are my secret weapon against sickness. They contain the original OnGuard essential oil blend plus 3 of the most immune-boosting oils on the planet–Black Pepper, Oregano and Melissa. I took one softgel every 6 hours or so.
I also like Sambucol, or elderberry syrup. Both of these are in pill form that you take internally for maximum support.
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The restorative power of sleep can’t be denied. I was in bed by 5:30 pm (yes, you read that right) with OnGuard, Frankincense, and Oregano essential oils running in my diffuser.
I got up and had some organic chicken soup around 9pm, and went back to bed.
I made sure to stay away from sugars and breads, because sugar suppresses the immune system (source). If you feed your body junk, it can’t get better.
The next day, the kids went to school and daycare, I stayed home from work, and repeated the bath-oils-sleep routine.
By 5:30 pm that day, I was back in business. Not at full “A+” strength, but a good, solid “C.”
I picked up the kids, fixed our favorite Orange Chicken for dinner, and everything was back to normal. I beat the flu in 24 hours!
The best part? Nobody else got sick. Hubby and the kids didn’t miss a beat, and since I listened to my body I was only out of work for one day.