What's the difference between a cold and a flu? We have a couple of things that seem to help us out and relieve some of the symptoms. Maybe it's just my imagination, but I think I get to feeling better sooner. Of course, there's that old line about the guy who calls the doctor and asks what he can do.
The doc says get plenty of rest and fluids and it'll get better in about 7-10 days, or you can come in to see him for $75.00 or $100.00, he'll give you some cold medicine and a shot, and you'll get better in about a week. Anyway, even though I can't claim a cure, I like the way I feel and I can breath better for a little while, and my throat feels a bit better.
Allergies, colds and flu say goodnight...
Fast Flu Relief
Here's some of what I do for my allergies and colds. I like to get a little Listerine or similar mouthwash, one with at least 15% alcohol, some very warm salt water, and of course, some tea tree oil.
The Aborigines used the tea tree leaves to relieve their colds by breathing in the steam off of the leaves and twigs in hot water, so we can imitate that with a little tea tree oil.
First thing, I like to gargle with a little salt water if I have a sore throat. I usually use a teaspoon to water about as warm as I can stand to gargle with. This seems to bring quick relief of my sore throat, sometimes I'll use a little of the mouthwash afterwards.If nothing else, it feels like it's washing away my allergies.
Second, take a little of the warm salt water on the palm of your hand, and holding one nostril closed, snort some of the salt water into the other nostril. This will sting just a little, but the relief is incredible. It reminds me of how well the ocean water worked on keeping my nose clear all summer when I grew up in
Laguna Beach. Do the same with the other side.
Last, take a couple of Tablespoons of the mouthwash,add a drop or two of tea tree oil and place it in a small pot. Warm this mixture up to just simmering, and then breath the vapors
through your mouth and out your nose. The vapors have a cooling feeling, and if you use a mint mouthwash, the menthol in it seems to help also.
A vaporizer or diffuser at night can be used to fill the room with tea tree vapors, and may ease your breathing. Just add ten drops of the oil to the vaporizer or diffuser.
Herbal and Natural Remedies for the Flu, Colds, or Allergies
Thankfully God has given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, because with them we can help our body to heal itself. Among those herbs, there are several herbs for flu which are highly effective. I've prepared a page dedicated to explaining a few of them.
For allergies, several things besides salt water and tea tree oil can be very helpful. To aid in your bodies defenses, nutritional support may help. Specific herbs,
probiotics, and a complete vitamin, essential oil, and mineral regimen may make allergies and the allergy season seem to go away.
An herbal remedy for allergies
I've discovered that nutritionally supporting your body as you go through the allergy season seems to help!
There are formulas that support healthy lung function and help support the body during seasonal changes. It also encourages the entire respiratory tract to gently cleanse itself and helps promote respiratory tissue health.
Airborne particles are everywhere. When particles enter the respiratory system via the nose or the mouth, the body turns on its cleansing mechanisms, and the immune system is put on active duty. Herbal nourishment supports a healthy respiratory system that can be challenged by inhaled irritants.
Get well soon. A lot of rest , fluids, supplements and eating right to build your strength go a long ways towards getting better.
We recommend that you buy the best tea tree oil that you can find. We've been getting ours from the same place for the last three years, and sure, we know we can find cheaper oil on the internet, but we have never found anyone who has better quality and such a vast array of tea tree oil containing products that are already designed to work in every room of our house.