During the colder Canadian months, I diffuse the Turtle Original Blend Four Thieves in my work & living space daily. This 100% pure essential oil diffusing blend provides immune system support, while also smelling lovely with its clove & cinnamon overtones and rosemary & eucalyptus undertones.
You can also use the Four Thieves diffusing blend to make an alcohol-free and natural hand-sanitizer; add a few drops to your spray bottle you use for wiping down counters and table tops. Or, try my Four Thieves air purifying spray which has been blended in a base of alcohol-free witch hazel.
If I start to feel like a cold or flu is coming on, I use my Bacchus Blues massage blend on the bottoms on my feet and my ‘Feel Better Sooner’ massage blend on my chest, neck, back and sinuses.
In conjunction, I also use a couple of ‘home remedies’ that either fortify my immune system so I do not get sick in the first place or if I do catch a cold or the flu, these remedies ease my symptoms and shorten the length of time I am sick.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sip it straight or dilute it in water or juice, but drink it often throughout the day. I use Braggs’ Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. As per their website, this product is ‘unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity. Contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules’. Click here for more info. They also provide other suggested uses.
Sea Salt Gargle
If you feel a ‘tickle’ at the back of your throat, always my first sign of potential illness, and after you have had a shot of Braggs’ cider vinegar, gargle with a teaspoon or two of sea salt diluted in warm water. This will help dry out any existing mucousy habitat. If I am diligent and do this early enough – I thwart disease.
Onion Cough Syrup
If you have unfortunately come down with an aching sore throat, try my homemade onion cough syrup recipe. I know this sounds extremely appetizing (not!) but it provides relief and can be prepared easily at home.
Recipe & Directions
Thinly slice an onion.
Place slices of onion on a flat plate that has a bit of an edge. Do not stack onion slices.
Sprinkle either white or brown sugar, or both, on onion slices. Be generous.
The sugar will draw out the onion juices – the same way sugar works on less-than-sweet strawberries).
These juices are now your cough syrup. It is not as disgusting as it sounds and provides a very sore throat some needed relief.