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Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Season or Cold and Flu Year?

These days it seems like there is always something going on with our sinuses. Allergies, colds and flues, germs and mold, every time we turn the corner it’s to grab a tissue. In our house it is a constant battle of dusting and cleaning to help our full house breathe easy. (Speaking of breathing, I talk a lot about that right over here.)

While we all have our reasons, a lot of us don’t want to make a trip to the doctor for an irritating virus. There are a few simple tricks you can do to recover in record time, and even help improve your immune system so that you stop fighting these symptoms.

There are millions of home remedies, but this assortment of methods is just my family’s way of dealing with infections and viruses.

Let’s start with my favorite!

Peroxide!

We clean everything with peroxide. I cannot tell you how much I love the little spray bottle they make now. I probably buy enough peroxide to own stock somewhere. So let’s run over the things that you need to be using this on and talk about the benefits you will see immediately.

Places to use peroxide

Pillows and bedding in every room. If you use pillow cases make sure you strip the case. Spray your bare mattress, and use on sheets and pillow cases every morning before making the bed. If the dog sleeps in the bed mist the bed after it’s made, too.

Furniture, all your furniture can be cleaned with peroxide. With wood be careful of course, and use some wood oil after to prevent drying. In my experience this has not caused any discolorations between various types of fabrics.

Carpets, now this has an even better benefit, especially if you have pets. Peroxide is a fantastic deodorizer. I use peroxide daily on my carpets and we have four dogs and two boys. I promise if you walk in my house and all the animals are outside, you won’t even know we have pets! The house smells so good now that I use this to clean. It doesn’t smell like the perfume isle at Macy’s. It smells like home; home for us smells like cooking and burning wood usually. If you are wondering why you need to go so far as to disinfect your carpets, it’s simple. They’re dirty.

Last but not least, peroxide is used for Oxygen Therapy!

(Which I also talk about over here.)

This is easiest done with an eye dropper. Two single drops in every one of your drinks, hot or cold. You will never taste it. Viruses, infections, bad bugs in general cannot survive easily in heavily oxygenated environments. This acts very similarly to Oxygen therapy. It’s just the cheapest version out there, and quite a sufficient one at that. This can help you with a world of ailments, but I won’t go into all of that for this article.   

PEROXIDE:

  1. per·ox·ide

pəˈräkˌsīd/

noun

Chemistry

noun: peroxide; plural noun: peroxides

    1. 1.

a compound containing two oxygen atoms bonded together in its molecule or as the anion O22−.

 

Peroxide is completely safe, though I certainly insist only taking it in small doses at a time, simply for the fact that it is so heavily oxygenated it can cause an upset stomach if you take too much. What happens if you take too much? Well, I threw up. Didn’t make me out right sick, just nauseated. I was young, overzealous, and downed a shot glass full trying to get rid of my bug. I felt fine within just a few minutes after.

Next…

We all take Sodium Bicarbonate pills when we’re not feeling our best, though I have to take them daily for ongoing care.

What is Sodium Bicarbonate? Baking soda! It helps regulate pH—keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline.

I cannot tell you how vital it is to have a proper pH balance, but this plays a crucial role in our bodies overall health. Without proper balance our body’s cells could cease to function. Our natural ability to heal and regenerate is greatly diminished. Our ability to absorb essential nutrients or detoxify and eliminate negative substances stops functioning like it’s supposed to. Even if your body is slightly alkaline, your body may not be able to heal itself. So basically, proper pH balance means a stronger total self and will keep us at our healthiest.

“Paying attention to acid-alkaline balance (or pH Balance) is one of the most crucial ways you can affect your health status.  It impacts immunity, digestion, bone strength, symptoms of joint disease, hormones, and the function of essential internal organs.”

Susan Lark, M.D., co-author of The Chemistry of Success: Six Secrets of Peak Performance.  Source: “pH power: maintain a proper acid-alkaline balance to curtail colds and keep inflammation in check” by Molly Spile, November 2005.

If you would like to understand more about the benefits of a proper pH balance, check this page out

Here is some information about Sodium Bicarbonate, and how it’s been one if the greatest keys to health I know.

Soothing throats

Soothe throats with this easy sweet blend. Since my children were old enough to have honey they have loved it. Since they were old enough to have cough medicine they’ve hated it. My fix? Each year I make a jar of my own syrup by mixing three simple ingredients.  

Honey – We only use locally grown, raw honey. This is why.

Cinnamon – 1 heaping tablespoon. Here is why.

Lemon juice – I use organic pre-strained juice to avoid pulp seeds and get as much juice as I need. I used a 1/4th cup of lemon juice for a full 16 ounce jar of honey.

In addition to soothing throats, this combination when made with local raw honey has incredible health benefits. It is packed full of nutrients and minerals, which will strengthen your immune system.

This mixture is also pretty awesome when used for your herbal tea!

 

Please practice common sense, talk to your doctor and see this disclaimer for all the legal junk.

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Bookshelf

Bookshelf author Jacquelynn Faye

Welcome to my bookshelf. These are the stories I’ve written. Each book has a unique cover I’ve designed and created just for that story. I hope you enjoy

Blood Rose (The Blood Saga Book 1)

Nightmares, acting as messages from a lost time, have plagued Lianna Loraine Von all her life. Magical and horrific dreams have drawn her in so close to the other world that each night as they worsen they bring her closer to the dead and the damned. She wakes cut, burned, and bleeding as they steal her sanity in a time when clarity means the difference in survival or demise. Lianna must stand strong, and fight for not only her life, but her destiny

New Blood (The Blood Saga Book 2)

Lianna has crossed the bridge from mortality to immortality, having left her entire existence behind. It felt good to be free of the dark cloud that had lingered over her human life. She could start over, she could be stronger, she could be better. But with the sweets comes the sours. The dreams have found ways to haunt her still. Shayla wasn’t done yet. Her ghost had been right about one thing, the key was in the blood. Blood has haunted Lianna from the very moment she entered this eternal existence. A silent vow to herself; she has to conquer the blood before it conquers her

Blood and Cash (Blood Saga)

A Blood Saga Companion; Blood & Cash finds Lianna on her own in a dark and painful world. Two years into her new life as a Vampire, she’s on her own. Having left the compound in New York, her eternal family, and her heart she finds solace in solitude. Hunting for answers as adamantly as she hunts her next meal, Lianna finds herself in Brazil with an unlikely partner

Reaping Grim (Grim Saga Book 1)

In this world, Reapers carry the loss of the living as a great mournful burden. It is their torch to keep them morally bound as they carry out their duties. Unfortunately, not all Reapers agree, let alone respect the power they carry. Leila Beliveau’s bloodline has burdened her with seeing the deaths of nearly all those she meets. It’s difficult to carry on a normal relationship with anyone when you know how and when they will die. You can never look at them the same way again. There has only ever been one person exempt from Leila’s sight

Dark Wood: Legends of the Guardians

Once upon a time, in a world the humans now think is their own, two sisters were born. The last of this bloodline would see the destruction of the world’s greatest warriors, the Guardians. One girl, a quite broken soul, will become the essence of strength and salvation for all the creatures of the world, if it doesn’t destroy her first. Aryaunna Luvea, daughter of a witch, sister of a seer. Escape the stone walled hell alive. Survive the Dark Wood. Climb the great Mount Dia. Find the last Dragon. Go to war. Bleed. Break. Die… Get up. Fight harder

Blood Shores (Legends of the Guardians Book 2)

For those under the hand of tyranny, freedom is paid for in lives lost, and blood spilled. This is the fate of the warrior. There is no going home for Aryaunna Luvea when the battle of Darkwood finally lays its last soul to rest. Home is not found by that of a warm hearth, but by the hilt of a strong blade on a never-ending trail of blood and pain.
A Persian Witch has taken hold of the great city of Athens, poisoning her waters, and killing her people. The Persian army lies in wait for Athens to grow weak and helpless. War is coming to the shores of Athens. To fight against this powerful sorceress means treason. Athens is running out of hope, and out of time

Nothing & Everything: (Semper Fidelis Book 1)

Kierra Ashe has lost nearly everything and everyone that’s ever mattered in her life. In Kierra’s eyes, it was always safer to have nothing when everything was always at risk of being taken. One night would change it all though, including the life of a complete stranger. A stranger who will never hear the music she dances to