I can't even tell you how many times I was prescribed antibiotics for sinus infections when I was a kid. Twice a year, when the seasons changed, I had sinus pressure, runny/ stuffy nose, and swollen lymph nodes. Nowadays, we call this, allergies.
I was in college before a genius doctor told me to start taking loratadine during this allergy season we speak of. I took that for, maybe, a week. I've never been good at taking medication regularly; I took 'Plan B' one too many times in my 20's if you catch my drift. LOL! (birth-control joke. Is Plan B even still a thing? Am I aging myself??)
Now that I have your attention ;) here are a few of my go-to cold and allergy remedies! You'll find most, if not all, of the supplies in your kitchen!
Method 1: Chew a raw piece. I will chop a large clove into several small pieces and chew them throughout the day. It's definitely not tasty, but the benefits out-way the taste. Well, it's worth it if you're single (or married. LOL!) or you don't work in close proximity with other humans. Your breath will smell and taste of garlic for hours! I find that my breath and taste buds feel normal a full day later.
Method 2: Chop finely and add to a shot glass of water. Do as a shot. This may upset your stomach. So, take with food.
Side Effects: Heartburn, upset stomach, body odor
Method 1: Eat or add to tea- 1tbsp raw local honey every day. Everyday? Erryday. Supposedly, this will keep a constant, small amount of pollen in your system. Which, should lessen allergy symptoms come allergy season.
Method 2: Eat or add to tea- 1tbsp of honey mixed with 1tsp of cinnamon.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Method 1: Do another shot. Be hardcore.
Method 2: Add 2tbsp to tea or water and drink 3x a day.
Natural clays have been used to heal since the earliest recorded history. Bentonite is not a mineral, but a term for rocks derived from volcanic ash.
Method: Using *non-metal utensils, take 3-4tbsp of clay, add ACV a little at a time until you create a pudding-like paste. Spread the mixture on whatever body part you want to detoxify. I use this on my face, neck lymph nodes, armpits (once in awhile), and my belly over my liver. As the mixture dries, it will harden and may start to flake. The less you move, the less you will crack. LOL! Wash off in the shower. Beware of drain clogs.
*Non-metal utensils? Clay absorbs metals and becomes less effective.
Method: Add a handful of Epsom salts to bathwater and soak for 15 minutes.
SUPPLEMENTS (I take zinc, vitamin c, and Chaga mushroom powder)
Until next time,
stay gold.... or healthy. Yeah, stay healthy.
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It's hard to find studies with concrete evidence on food/ supplements due to study funding. Pharmaceutical companies back the majority of healthcare studies and medical schools in general. They can't patent or profit from garlic or Epsom salt. So, there is no point in backing a study on them. -The More You Know ;)
References: http://www.healwithfood.org/commoncold/eating-garlic-prevents-flu-study.php, http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p153.html, http://www.healwithfood.org/allergies/local-honey-for-hay-fever-studies.php, https://healthyfocus.org/honey-wraps-for-coughs/, https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/, https://draxe.com/the-top-5-natural-allergy-fighters/, https://draxe.com/apple-cider-vinegar-uses/, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904249/, http://bodyunburdened.com/bentonite-clay-what-is-it-and-how-to-use-it/, https://draxe.com/epsom-salt/, http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/expert-answers/zinc-for-colds/faq-20057769