Prevention and Remedies for Cold /Flu:
Prevention should always be our first line of defense! At the first sign of a cold, or if surrounded by family members or colleagues that have caught something, e.g. a virus, the flu, bacterial infection etc. Taking medications to treat or prevent cold and flu symptoms does just that: they only address the symptoms. The underlying cause of the illness is still present in your body. What you have done by suppressing the symptoms is ignore your body’s warning signs that something is amiss and your immune system has to work overtime. The synthetic medications also add to the toxic burden your body already has to deal with every day. The BEST prevention we have is to build up and strengthen your body’s natural defense mechanism–your immune system. Dr. Renee Hartman recommends many things to help build the immune system and fight off the virus, bug/germ and/or bacteria present and/or to protect your family.
#1) A Detox Bath:
The ingredients below facilitate the elimination of toxins, which cleanse the liver, kidneys, and thyroid. In other words: it gets that cold over with quicker.
Fill your bathtub with warm/hot water. Put above ingredients in and allow it to dissolve. Once full, get in and submerge yourself to your neck. Soak for at least 20 minutes but you can stay in as long as 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes is to extract toxins while the second 20 minutes is when the body begins to absorb the minerals. If you want to shower off afterwards, wait 30mins. You can do soda bath’s 2 -3 times a day with or without oils but Do NOT do the above detox every day if using all ingredients above, instead once or twice a week until symptoms subside.
How does it work? Sodium bicarbonate is a most useful medicine for the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, stomach acid imbalances and for cleaning our pools and refrigerators, including to help resolve our common colds nor to alleviate the symptoms and dangers of influenza.
#2) Drink Baking soda: The administration is easy enough, and is harmless. Simply dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink it. Recommended dosages from the Arm & Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
However, according to Arm & Hammer’s dosing instructions, do not exceed seven doses of ½ teaspoon per day, or three doses of ½ teaspoon daily if you’re over the age of 60. In addition, do not use the maximum dosage for more than two weeks. Further dosing recommendations and instructions for taking sodium bicarbonate can be found in Mark Sircus’ book “Sodium Bicarbonate – Rich Mans Poor Mans Cancer Treatment.”
#3) TREAT WITH AROMATHERAPY –Bacterial & Viral
If you have developed the full symptoms, a variety of aromatherapy options is available to deal with the illness. Using essential oils in steam inhalations and baths is very useful for reducing the symptoms of colds and flu. Try:
Tips: THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP: Staying warm and getting quality sleep is crucial to recovery from illnesses. At night, it is recommended to use lavender, a gentle “all-purpose” oil, to help promote sleep, as the previously mentioned oils tend to stimulate the mind. You can add lavender to the vaporizer or put a couple dros on your pillow or beside your bed. An additional use of lavender may be in the bath or diffused in the bedroom to promote sleep and soothe a cough if present.
Other simple ways of using essential oils to beat cold and flu include:
Other Oils to Consider this winter season:
#4) Homemade Hand Sanitizer: In a bottle or small glass jar add Tea tree oil 10-15 drops with Frankincense. This kills viruses and bacteria’s.
#5) Sore Throat Remedy
Mix well gargle “deep” in back of throat until glass is empty. Repeat do every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Should feel much better and sore throat relieved and/or gone within the hour, however, if sore throat persists for longer than 2 days or other symptoms accompany the sore throat; it is recommended for patients to go to their natural or medical doctor.
Herbal Supplements to look into and possibly consider:
Vitamins and Minerals
Hydrate – get plenty of WATER daily. Adding lemons help to purify and detox your systems.
Probiotics – help to restore the beneficial bacteria in your gut and boost immune function.
Silver – Kills both viral and bacteria and boosts immune functions. (sold in office)
Viral Immune Support – hunts down and attacks viruses in the body, while boosting immune. (sold in office)
NOTE: For children all of the above will be much different! Consult Dr. Renee Hartman and/or your Healthcare professional!
Refer to blogs and tea remedies for more information. As always, use your best judgment before trying anything new, research and ask questions if you still need clarification. Dr. Renee Hartman does not tell patients what they should or should not do; she believes this is the conscious right of every person to decide what to do for their health and their child’s. However, Dr. Renee Hartman can help give education, guidance, and additional information to help in your decision(s) at 765-860-2144.