Getting, protecting, and recovering health should be simple, make sense, and be accessible to all. Today I just want to share a few of my favorite, tried and true, simple remedies. A remedy is something that helps healing.
Cool Showers: Years ago I used to take cool showers, so in the winter I wouldn’t be so cold while riding my bike to work. It worked. Here are just some of the benefits of cool showers or baths [especially for those with MS]:
- They strengthen the body to resist feeling cold
- They stimulate the nerves
- Invigorate the mind and thinking
- Increase muscle tone [strength of muscles]
- Increase muscle flexibility
- Increase muscle endurance [can do more for longer periods]. *Drinking water will also help.
After a cool shower I always move better, and feel ready to conquer the world. For those afraid of cold water, try what I do: I start with warm water for a few minutes. Then I gradually turn the water to cool or cold for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the water hits the entire body. After the warm water, the cold does not feel too bad.
Lemon Water: It is the juice of ½ or 1 fresh lemon added to a cup of warm water. Warm water gets into the bloodstream faster than cold. I drink it in the morning before eating any food. I also add a shake of cayenne pepper [it helps circulation and helps clean mucus from blood], and 1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup [touch of sweetness, vitamins and minerals].
Lemon juice has lots of benefits, but here are just three:
It helps the body resist bacterial and viral infections. And if sick, it helps you heal. *Germs cannot live in the presence of lemon juice.
It strengthens the body’s immune system.
And helps remove toxins from the blood.
I drink this to help clean my blood. But if getting signs of a cold or the flu, I take it to reduce chances for getting sick. But if sick, I drink it every few hours to speed my recovery. It works. I’ve had bronchitis twice, and both times, drinking lemon water every few hours helped me get better quickly. Drink it during flu season. Drink it before you get sick. Give it to your family too.
Apples: Called “the queen of fruit”, apples also have abundant benefits. A few of them are:
- They reduce inflammation. I’ve noticed that my MS symptoms are worse when inflammation is present.
- They remove toxins from the intestines by way of the feces.
- They help constipation.
- They help keep blood pressure low.
For me, being under the influence of apples is a good thing. When I eat an apple [Red Delicious or Gala] my vision clears, my thinking becomes sharp, my balance and muscle strength improve, and my complexion looks clear and smooth. And when I eat an apple before bedtime, I sleep well with few or no muscle spasms.
Activated Charcoal: Not barbecue charcoal!!! I recommend that a bottle of activated charcoal be in each home, and each camping first aid kit [along with a Bee Sting/Snake Bite extractor kit]. You can get it at pharmacies, health food stores, and online. It comes in powder, tablet, and capsule forms. *I use Nature’s Way Activated charcoal capsules.
Charcoal has numerous benefits, but here are a few:
It can adsorb [not absorb] many poisons, toxins, gases, chemicals, drugs, and venoms. Adsorb means that the carbon in charcoal is quick to combine with these poisons and make them harmless. Don’t neglect to call 911 for serious bites, but while waiting for the ambulance, do something to help. Giving charcoal after bug and critter bites or stings, or for drug over-doses can be very useful. **Never give charcoal to an unconscious person. Call 911!
Charcoal can help relieve and stop intestinal gas
It can help stop diarrhea
It can help treat infections. I’ve used it successfully to treat infected bites from unknown insects on my foot [they ‘bit and ran’]. How? By making charcoal poultices [see below].
To use charcoal internally, take the tablets or capsules with a tall glass of water, or stir the powder into a glass of water. Take hours before or after any medications – since it will adsorb it.
To use charcoal externally, make a poultice with the charcoal alone, or mix it with ground flaxseed. The charcoal powder is very light and can blow around easily.
*Poultices: Do a search on the Internet for how to make a poultice. There are several good sites. **Drinking some charcoal and applying a poultice are very good for Brown Recluse Spider bites, while waiting for the ambulance.
Basically, you will take some charcoal powder [or break open a few capsules] and add enough warm water to make a paste. Only stir with a spoon. Charcoal will stain skin, but will fade over time.
Then, depending on the size of the bite or infected area, get a clean, damp cloth to cover that size.
Put some paste on the damp cloth [must stay damp], and cover with ends of cloth – like making a sandwich.
Apply to the skin snugly
Cover with plastic wrap and secure with tape. Keep it on and then change the poultice every few hours or the next day.