I am not going to go into a long discussion, like a little old lady, on all of the health issues I have experienced over the last year, but I'll say that it has not been fun. August to August. Just not fun. But now I know that the majority of my problems have stemmed from low iron and an immune system that was just not what I was used to having. The fabulous thing is that I did not have to be seen for any of my issues, but was able to successfully treat them at home. I really should have gone to the doctor for some of them, if only to learn that my iron was low to begin with, but will always opt to try a natural ingredient first. That's just how I am. Here are my favorite immune boosters, infection fighters, natural antibiotics, and skin health aids.
I am not a nutritionist, a trained homeopathic healer, doctor, nurse, or educated in any way in the medical field, and am in no way giving medical advice with this post, just sharing a few of the things I love because of how well they work for me. My information on each item is opinion, and has only come to my attention through personal research.
1. Raw Garlic ~ I slice it and allow it to sit for at least fifteen minutes. The allicin in the garlic is said to increase after the garlic has been cut, and is reported to have antimicrobial benefits. I read one person's account that stated that the cut garlic can be as far away as 6 inches and still work to kill the viral or bacterial cause of an infection. I have successfully used it for an inner ear infection and for colds by holding a cut clove near my nose or ear. This is first on my list for a reason!
2. Elberberry Juice Concentrate ~ I use this as an immune booster and infection fighter. I dilute it in water and take it at the first sign of a cold or infection.
3. Turmeric ~ This amazing spice works internally and on contact for me in fighting infections.
4. Echinacea/Goldenseal Supplements ~ It is claimed that echinacea is an immune booster and that goldenseal can act as a natural antibiotic. For someone who has had allergic reactions to antibiotics, this is my first line of defense when I experience a problem that I suspect is bacterial in nature.
5. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" ~ I can't count the number of bottles of Bragg's that my family has gone through in the last year. Just look it up. You will be amazed.
6. Peppermint Essential Oil ~ No more one-sided headaches that take two days to go away. I used to get them every single day at work when I was a line cook, just from getting overheated. I also get them during the summer when I work outside. No longer. I recently started getting migraines again for the first time in over 20 years. The piercing pain, vision problems, nausea...whole nine yards. I believe they were due to the hormonal fluctuations I have experienced over the last four months, but they never were able to take hold if I jumped right on them and used my peppermint oil. I use Aura Cacia, the strongest I have found, by putting a drop across my forehead and temples if I already have a headache coming on, or just hold the open bottle under my nose if I feel one starting. Works every SINGLE time. Fortunately, I think the migraines are gone for good, now that I'm hormonally rebalanced. I get itchy welts where I put the oil on my face if I use it repeatedly, so have begun using it with coconut oil.
7. Coconut Oil ~ Raw, virgin, cold, expeller pressed ~ I have been putting a spoonful in my coffee every day since '06. Too many benefits to list. The only thing it doesn't work for, topically, is my rosacea. My skin just can't handle the oil even though it's so beneficial. It does work on insect bites and rashes I get from dog or cat hair, or whatever it is outside that bothers me in the garden. I can't pinpoint what plants are so bothersome to my skin since I believe that many are. Even green bean leaves flair up my forearms and wrists while I pick beans. If I don't wash and use coconut oil immediately, the rash will set in and I will be taking Benadryl for a few days.
8. Silver Hydrasol Nasal Spry ~ 3 times every day keeps my skin trouble away. Hey! I made a jingle!
9. Vitamin C ~ My father the chiropractor taught me this valuable lesson from the time I was old enough to munch an acerola chewable. So important for blood vessel maintenance, a strong immune system, fighting infections, etc.
10. Natralia Eczema & Psoriasis Cream ~ Oh, thank goodness for this miracle goop! Because of it, I can look in the mirror and recognize the face looking back at me and not wonder where I've gone. It is not specifically labeled for rosacea, but when I was frustrated last winter and looking for another natural product to try, I read the ingredients in Natralia and decided that I had nothing to lose. Avocado, lavender, aloe, licorice, and lots of other things that are recommended as natural ingredients for treating rosacea, are in this cream. My face peeled and peeled when I first started using it. I didn't freak out. I don't know why I didn't, but I kept using it. My face reddened and my skin dried all the way down to my neck. I did start getting a little nervous when it became so dry that I lost sensation in my skin, but I kept using it. Once it peeled, and I do NOT mean in a chemical peel kind of Freddy Kreuger freaky way, I mean, in a wintry dry skin that was easily remedied with a little Tate's moisturizer kind of way, I had new skin. New, NEW skin. My old face back. I still get little patches of redness on occasion, but people don't even know I have rosacea any longer. I have finally found my cure. I was determined to find a natural remedy to avoid being prescribed a lifetime of topical antibiotics. I couldn't be happier. The only problem is that rosacea sufferers are all different. What works for one person may not work for another. I really hope and wish that this works for everyone. I plan to keep spreading the word, just in case!
And NO (I know people will wonder) I do NOT spend a fortune on my favorite remedies at the natural food store every week. And that is because the ones I need last simply forever.
I have purchased 4 tubes of Natralia since February at $13 a tube. Much cheaper than most discount store skin care products. And who knows how much I'd be spending on the medicated this and that they'd be selling me at the dermatologist's office?
I use a jar of coconut oil in about 2 weeks. That does get expensive at around $11 a jar, but the long-term health benefits I will receive from my daily dose will be so very worth it,and, hey...some people spend money on beer and cigarettes every week. It think my coconut oil is a good buy in comparison.
My nasal spray lasts for months and months. I have been using the same bottle since August and it is just over the half-way level. I know for a fact that it saves me at least $100 a pop at the drs. office before buying the first bottle of prescriptions, and started using it on the advice of the owner of one of my local natural stores who suffered from the same recurring problem I had until he started using the spray every day, decades ago.
I buy a $7 bottle of Aura Cacia peppermint in the organic section of my favorite grocery store every couple of months, and that is only because I am stupid and take the stopper out. I always end up spilling half a bottle. Every bottle comes with a dollar off coupon. That's $6 every few months. Between sets at the last concert I attended, I was divvying out drops of the stuff to those around me who were complaining of headaches. I'm such a dork, but headaches were evaporating and people were very quickly becoming sold on the idea. It really works, and I no longer go anywhere w/o my peppermint oil.
Elderberry juice concentrate is expensive, but one bottle will last us all winter. I use it by the tablespoonful.
The ACV you can buy by the gallon or make yourself.
All my favorites are worth the money I spend and make me a healthier me.