Most of my readers will know that 5.5 years ago now I had a splenectomy; a removal of my spleen due to a recurring life-threatening auto-immune blood disease that I was diagnosed with just after our 3rd child was born. Most will also know, since I've spoken about it on here over the years, that my immune system doesn't function as well as a regular system should. I do have (miraculously) another mini spleen growing and so far this has helped and not hindered my overall health - praise Yah (God) for that! Needless to say that when I do get sick, it can turn sepsis very quickly. OPSI - Overwhelming Post-Splenectomy Infection is a very dangerous thing. The last time I had bacterial tonsilitis, I was in hospital for 5 days on a drip, away from my family and have HUGE doses of IV antibiotics.
So you can imagine that I not only want to stay as well as possible and out of hospital (who doesn't!?!) but I also want to know how I can get well using natural things if and when possible. I do not think western medicine is evil - i would probably be dead now if it wasn't for western medicine! But I have also experienced the benefits of natural medications throughout my life and know that they work! I have taken leaves in Fiji (which we can't get here in australia) to deal with severe and chronic menstrual pain. My mum would give us all kinds of naturopathic concoctions as children from mecurius bin iodide to bella donna, from herbs and natural resources like onion soaks, garlic broths, lemon and honey drinks.
Anyway, long post short ;) I was coming down with a TERRIBLE case of tonisilits this past weekend. My throat was incredibly painful very quickly and my glands were hard and sore. By the end of Friday night I could almost not swallow anything. I did take some pencillin (which i have to keep here on hand) but it didn't do anything (usually takes a while for it to kick in and in the meantime i was getting worse). I felt terrible and was in a great deal of pain.
I remembered reading on CARMEN'S BLOG OVER AT PEBBLE CROSSING about a herbal remedy for a strep throat and went over to check it out. Seriously, if you suffer from a sore throat or tonsillits, you should do yourself a favour and go check out Carmen's post about why it works! Thank you Carmen a million times over for posting this!
This worked for me (and my dad too who also had a sore throat that day) and within 24 hours, it was completley gone.
This will be my favourite default sore throat remedy from now on!
Just for my own records...
* 1 Tablespoon raw honey
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 4 cloves garlic chopped as finely as possible
* Mix honey + pepper + then add the garlic.
* Take a 1/2 teaspoon every 1/2 hour (chew and don't wash down with anything!)
Warning: VERY hot so be discerning about giving to your children.
Once again, a BIG thankyou to Carmen for introducing this to me.
Now i've gotten rid of the sore throat, anyone have any good natural remedies to get rid of a head cold?