How to Heal with Home Remedies
As I’ve learned more about food and how desperately our bodies want to heal themselves, I’ve started embracing natural remedies and home-based health. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for modern medicine, but through food and a holistic focus on health, I’ve managed to eliminate prescription medicines from my life. It’s a powerful and empowering act. That’s why I’m so excited to let Carlee introduce you to her story of transformation. She shares with us a few easy, simple tips for working through common illnesses at home.
When I was growing up I have vivid memories of my grandmother making lemon tea with honey whenever I had a sore throat. I remember it so clearly because I couldn’t stand the taste and would retch with each sip.
Lemon tea aside, I come from a long line of family members who primarily relied on doctors to cure illness, and for most of my life this was the only paradigm I knew. It wasn’t until I had kids of my own that I started to broaden my views on health, and what it means to be healthy. This didn’t happen overnight, and other than one visit to a naturopath when baby # 2 was little, it wasn’t really until my eldest son was about 6 that I started to get into natural health. It took another year or so after that before I decided to start studying natural medicine.
The first time I made myself a honey and lemon tea as an adult (I was 29), I cringed. I was flooded with memories of my well-meaning grandmother trying to get me to drink her healthy concoction instead of the chemical-ridden Panadol. I remembered hating it so much. My grandmother used to use a lot of those old wives tales, and at the time, I just wasn’t ready to embrace it. Fast forward to adulthood, and thankfully, my taste buds rejoiced at the honey and lemon tea.
Today, when it comes to my health and that of my children, I only use natural remedies. If they have a cough or cold (which is very rare), we use a combination of herbs, immune boosting juices, superfoods and vitamins. At the first sign of illness, I also whip up one of my delicious soups, chock full of garlic, fresh turmeric, and ginger. In a day or two, the worst of it is over, and we are back on track.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine has been quoted as saying “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food”. When we eat a healthy diet, our chances of getting sick are much smaller.
However, if you do come down with a cold or flu, you will be back on your feet much quicker if you implement a few home remedies before reaching for those cold and flu tablets. Traditional medicine usually only masks the symptoms and doesn’t allow your body to fight off the infection properly. A few of my favorite remedies include:
- Avoid taking pharmaceuticals, and allow your body to do what it does best: heal. Human beings are made up of an extremely complex array of systems that know exactly what to do to bring your body back to homeostasis. The more we interfere with these mechanisms, the less chance we have to function at our full capacity.
- Include LOTS of garlic into your day. Add it to any foods you cook, juice it, or I sometimes just chop it up finely into a bit of water and have it like a shot. Garlic has many anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. I highly recommend incorporating garlic into your diet even when you’re not sick. It’s good stuff.
- Honey and lemon tea is great for sore throats.
- Shots of cayenne pepper & lemon juice (just add it to your water) are great for boosting the immune system.
- If you need something stronger, rather than going to the doctor for antibiotics (which will do nothing for a virus) try an herbal mixture from your naturopath. The power of plants is incredible (most pharmaceuticals are chemically altered versions of what plants already do), and herbal remedies really do work.
- If you have a fever, let your body ride it out. Fever is a natural process our bodies use to fight off bugs. When you have a fever, it’s a good sign that your body is doing exactly what it’s meant to be doing. Based on my research, it’s only if our temperature gets above 104 degrees F (41 C) that you should start to consider options for bringing it down.
- Get lots of rest! Illness is your body’s way of communicating with you. Listen to what it’s saying, and it will reward you.
Everybody gets sick at some point, and that’s not a bad thing. The important thing is how you deal with it. Allowing viruses to run their course and supporting your body with lots of immune boosting goodness is so much better for you than taking cold and flu tablets.