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Friday, March 7, 2008

The bug is spreading... vocalists beware!

The dreaded scratchiness at the back of your throat... the fatigue that you can't explain... the headache from the first tinges of fever... and you know.... THE BUG IS TRYING TO GET YOU!!

Here in Nashville, we are definately experiencing the season to be sneezing (and throwing up and coughing... well, you get the picture)

What can successfully nip an oncoming cold in the bud? I know there are things that don't work, things that some people are allergic to, and things that work for some but not for others.

Use common sense and go to the doctor if your symptoms warrent. Pneumonia or serious sinus infection can take hold fast. Also...do not take any layperson's medical advice (including the following) without consulting a trusted doctor. Most remedies, natural or not, are powerful enough to have unwanted or dangerous side effects in some people.

That said, here are some things that have worked for me when I feel a cold coming on.
  • Hot bath with 2 cups Epsom salts (don't take hot bath if you are or could be pregnant)
  • Airborne (find at most drugstores and grocers)
  • Zicam (find at most drugstores)
  • Echinacea Synergy (not for those allergic to the daisy family)
  • FlumaxPro (homeopathic remedy)
  • heparsulph.calc. 30x (homeopathic remedy)
  • Holy Basil (homeopathic remedy)
  • the Master Tonic (go to "About Judy" tab on my website and click on left to see recipe)
  • Vick Salve on the soles of feet (for coughs)
  • "Firewater" (a concoction of lemon juice, honey or grade B maple syrup and Cayenne pepper)
  • UltraInflamX (supplement that fights inflammation)
  • Vibe (vit/min suppliment)
  • Sambucol black elderberry cough syrup
  • Ginger tea (1 tsp grated ginger root -steep in cup of hot water- plus 1 tsp lemon juice)

Also important... I eat very lightly or not at all. I find that my body needs to harness all its resources to fight the invaders, not digest heavy meals. My homemade chicken soup (hint... use organically raised chicken and lots of garlic!) can make me feel better if I'm not too sick to eat.
And of course, warm clothes - including something at my neck- and precious sleep!

Now... what do YOU find helpful that you'd like to share?



  • At March 6, 2008 at 2:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My mom makes me take Airborne, too. When it's up to me, I don't take anything except maybe some meds to treat symptoms. I just wait it out.

    But a must-have: Popsicles!! Also, Campbell's Double Noodle Soup.


  • At March 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    HAHAH... popsicles indeed. But I prefer my homemade organic chicken/spinach/vegetable/garlic soup to any ole Campbells product!

    And... I know Airborne has been in the news for false adv lately, but I've found it to work. Many times it has nipped an oncoming bug in the bud.


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