It's bound to happen.
Desipe your best efforts at staying healthy you fall pray to some icky bug. You're hot, you're cold, you're sneezing, you're coughing, it aches to walk up stairs and 7pm rolls around and it feels like midnight. You might keep saying "it's not that bad, I'm not THAT sick". You keep going, pushing and then...you crash. Here are some ideas that will help get you through that you may not have thought about.
1) Don't Deny it.
The sooner you can begin addressing the issue the better (even if you don't want to believe it). Keep taking your vitamins, sipping on green juice (make them ahead, if you think you are on your way to down and out) and getting your vitamin D3 in. Echinacea, elderberry syrup, hot showers, baths with magnesium flakes, astragalus tincture, garlic mullein oil, whatever your favorite is, start using it. Go to bed early and see if you can streamline your to-do list to the bare minimum.
2) Essential oils really do work.
Choose the really good stuff. I personally use doTERRA but Young Living is fantastic as well. You'll want to fill a roller ball applicator with the following blend:
10 drops Oregano (anti-viral and anti-biotic properties)
12 drops On Guard (anti-viral properties)
12 drops Melaleuca (antiseptic and helps the other oils in the blend do their job)
16 drop Lemon (natural disinfectant)
5 drops Peppermint (ease your tummy)
Fill the rest of the roller ball with fractionated coconut oil or some other carrier oil. Apply to the spine and/or soles of the feet every 3 hours.
*I have started adding doTERRA's Arborvitae oil (DO NOT take internally) to this mix as well since it's an amazing form of protection against seasonal threats, promotes healthy cell function and is a powerful cleansing and purifying agent.
Alternatively, if you are comfortable taking them internally and you are using certified therapeutic grade oils use this blend in a empty gel capsule:
3-4 drops Oregano
3 drops Meleleuca
3 drops On Guard
3 drops Lemon
3 drops Frankincense
1 drop Peppermint
*If it does not all fit in once capsule make 2. You can't makes these ahead of time, as the oils will dissolve the gelatin capsule. You can also add a drop or two of Black Pepper oil if you have it, as it's a strong anti-viral.
3) Keep it hot
Liquids are good thing and there is nothing wrong with having several cups and mugs going as the same time. My favorite "sickie soups" are matzo ball (Wholes Foods makes a yummy version) and miso and I have no problem having them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bone broth is fantastic if you have it on hand, but I'm assuming that if you are already making your own bone broth you know what's up. Spices are the bomb and help to break up mucus. Make some eggs and top them with a spicy Indian chutney or salsa. Add a pinch of cayenne to some hot tea with lemon.
4) Double up
Speaking of tea, make each sip and trip to the kitchen worth your while. Grab some herbal tea that supports a weakened immune system or a defunt respiratory system. Throw two bags into the mug at once, my favorite right now is Traditional Medicinals Seasonal Sampler teas and Rishi's Turmeric-Ginger blend. Let it steep 10 minutes of more and then sip freely. You could also make a BIG pot of tea. Store it in mason jars in the fridge and microwave it as needed. When it hurts to stand up, I'm not above microwaving anything.
5) Eat what appeals to you.
Just because mom made toast and jello for you when you weren't feeling well does not mean that's what you're supposed to eat. What do you REALLY want? Eat whatever appeals to you, seriously. There is a reason you are craving that thing. I remember being really sick one time and all I wanted was a boiled diner (this is never something I want): Corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes. I wanted ALL the mustard. What I was really craving was salt but I went with it and it was all sorts of good and made me feel so much better and gave me a boost of nutrients.
6) Embrace the duality.
Just because you believe in the power of herbs, essentials oils and homeopathy is your spirit animal doesn't mean you need to forsake all forms of Western medicine. Give yourself a break.
The thing you need most is sleep and rest. If Afrin and Advil are going to get you there, don't feel bad. You're still a boho goddess that values connection with the earth. There is nothing wrong with holding space for both in your life. Duality my friends, is a beautiful thing.
Being sick sucks and I'm hoping this little "hang in there" guide helps you out this season. Let us know in the comments what your tried and true boho cold cures are. Happy Friday loves!
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