Brain Disease

It’s kind of as if our brain is a disease. We started off similar to wild animals, living off the Earth and with just the basic necessities to live. As time has passed it seems that we have gotten smarter and smarter and have developed all this technology and it is hurting our planet. If we weren’t here the other animals wouldn’t be doing what we are doing now. The other animals are evolving, but it doesn’t seem that their brains are advancing as fast as ours. I don’t know anything about the science behind this but it’s just something that came into my brain and I wanted to right it out.

What if we are just cancer cells on a bigger cell. Slowly killing it.

Vaccines… the controversy

SO! I am not one that loves to make people angry and push my thoughts on them like it is the only true correct way to live in this world, because that is not right. I see all sides and you choose to do the right thing for you and if I were you in your situation I would do the same… because I would be you, not me haha. BUT I do love informing people of information that I find that can be controversial to what we have been taught over time.

Vaccines. There is so much weight on that word. Stones are being thrown from every direction to the counter argument of what each individual believes. Vaccines save lives BUT Vaccines also make people sick… and sometimes people die because of them. Vaccines prevent diseases and virus’ from spreading BUT most virus’ and diseases can be fought at home with natural remedies if the person has a strong immune system. Yes people can die from diseases and virus’, but getting vaccinated does not mean that you aren’t going to get the sicknesses anyway. So do what you do and what you think is right, and back off telling me what is right because I’M NOT YOU! 🙂 I’m me.

I’m friends with some pretty great free thinking people and I have heard all sides of all stories. Lots of my family work in the medical field and have the book and responses memorized about everything controversial… they were tested on it. I also have some super natural friends who swear against vaccines and lab made drugs and medicine. I see both sides. Both sides work. BUT I have never quite figured out where I stand on vaccines.

I vaccinated my first daughter Jade and she didn’t get autism and she is just fine. K great, there’s that. Now I have another daughter and she is about to go in for her 1 year checkup and she is scheduled for some vaccines. I started wondering about the whole vaccine controversy of the link between autism and vaccines and started doing some research. There are many websites by mayoclinic, webmd, cdc, babycenter and such that say that there is no proof that autism is linked to vaccines, end of conversation. But wait a second… why are so many people still freaking out then? This couldn’t have just come from no where. So I dug for some websites that backed the idea and found some interesting stuff.

I’m just going to throw the article here of the retired Doctor that can now talk about the subject because her career is not on the line…

For all those who’ve declared the autism-vaccine debate over – a new scientific review begs to differ. It considers a host of peer-reviewed, published theories that show possible connections between vaccines and autism.

The article in the Journal of Immunotoxicology is entitled “Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes–A review.” The author is Helen Ratajczak, surprisingly herself a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. Ratajczak did what nobody else apparently has bothered to do: she reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research such as the role of MMR shots, or the mercury preservative thimerosal; but all of them.

Ratajczak’s article states, in part, that “Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage] following vaccination [emphasis added]. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain.”

The article goes on to discuss many potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time. “What I have published is highly concentrated on hypersensitivity, Ratajczak told us in an interview, “the body’s immune system being thrown out of balance.”

University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Brian Strom, who has served on Institute of Medicine panels advising the government on vaccine safety says the prevailing medical opinion is that vaccines are scientifically linked to encephalopathy (brain damage), but not scientifically linked to autism. As for Ratajczak’s review, he told us he doesn’t find it remarkable. “This is a review of theories. Science is based on facts. To draw conclusions on effects of an exposure on people, you need data on people. The data on people do not support that there is a relationship. As such, any speculation about an explanation for a (non-existing) relationship is irrelevant.”

Ratajczak also looks at a factor that hasn’t been widely discussed: human DNA contained in vaccines. That’s right, human DNA. Ratajczak reports that about the same time vaccine makers took most thimerosal out of most vaccines (with the exception of flu shots which still widely contain thimerosal), they began making some vaccines using human tissue. Ratajczak says human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines. She discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue.

Why could human DNA potentially cause brain damage? The way Ratajczak explained it to me: “Because it’s human DNA and recipients are humans, there’s homologous recombinaltion tiniker. That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it’s changed, altered self and body kills it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body killing the brain cells and it’s an ongoing inflammation. It doesn’t stop, it continues through the life of that individual.”

Dr. Strom said he was unaware that human DNA was contained in vaccines but told us, “It does not matter…Even if human DNA were then found in vaccines, it does not mean that they cause autism.” Ratajczak agrees that nobody has proven DNA causes autism; but argues nobody has shown the opposite, and scientifically, the case is still open.

A number of independent scientists have said they’ve been subjected to orchestrated campaigns to discredit them when their research exposed vaccine safety issues, especially if it veered into the topic of autism. We asked Ratajczak how she came to research the controversial topic. She told us that for years while working in the pharmaceutical industry, she was restricted as to what she was allowed to publish. “I’m retired now,” she told CBS News. “I can write what I want.”

We wanted to see if the CDC wished to challenge Ratajczak’s review, since many government officials and scientists have implied that theories linking vaccines to autism have been disproven, and Ratajczak states that research shows otherwise. CDC officials told us that “comprehensive review by CDC…would take quite a bit of time.” In the meantime, CDC provided these links:

Interagency Autism Coordination Committee: http://iacc.hhs.gov

Overview of all CDC surveillance and epi work: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/research.html

CDC study on risk factors and causes: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/seed.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/vaccines-and-autism-a-new-scientific-review/

So maybe I don’t want to give my youngest daughter the MMR vaccine… will she die if she gets mumps, measles or rubella? Nope. There are at home remedies for all of it. Yes they are highly contagious, but hey most people have the vaccine and my daughter is healthy. (ok ok that’s kind of rude and selfish… but it’s what I’m thinking right now.)

Another article that I found went into what exactly is in the MMR vaccine, and yes the article has a biased feel to it because of their choice of words describing the ingredients, but it’s a good explanation of what each of the weird named ingredients actually is.

The measles vaccine has initiated a grand debate about immunization. A recent outbreak in the United States has reignited the concern over an illness that, although relatively harmless in most cases, has been somewhat nonexistent in recent years. [1] Concerns over vaccines and autism appear to have resulted in the decline of vaccination rates, possibly contributing to the outbreak. But is this actually true? Or, as the research suggests, could the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine simply not be as effective as we’re being told? Or, could it even be dangerous?

What’s in the MMR Vaccine?

The ingredients contained in most vaccines are often unrecognizable terms that should, at first glance, appear worrisome. Injecting chemical ingredients–not to mention a live (albeit weakened) virus–into your bloodstream doesn’t sound like the wisest decision. Here’s a basic rundown of the ingredients in the MMR vaccine [2]:

Minimum Essential Medium

This is the medium that grows the Rubella virus and contains vitamins and amino acids and fetal bovine serum, which is produced from blood collected at commercial slaughterhouses.

Sodium Phosphate

Typically added to maintain pH balance and to keep active ingredients suspended in water. It can cause gastrointestinal problems but has also been linked with organ damage. In some instances, it can cause a severe allergic reaction that might include heart arrhythmia, seizure, and loss of consciousness.

Recombinant Human Albumin

Human albumin is a protein found in blood plasma and recombinant means it’s genetically engineered. In essence, the vaccine contains genetically-engineered human blood, and it’s uncertain as to the source. When this is injected, it’s been known to cause chills, fever, nausea, increased heart rate, and difficulty breathing.

Neomycin

An antibiotic that’s been known to cause serious allergic reactions in some individuals. Anyone who has ever had a life threatening allergic reaction to neomycin (or antibiotics in general) should absolutely avoid the MMR vaccination! One of the scariest things about neomycin is that it can cause late reactions, sometimes 3-4 days after exposure, well into the time period when you may think you’re in the clear.

Sorbitol

A synthetic sweetener often added to foods and beverages, sorbitol is used in vaccines as a stabilizer. Some people are allergic to sorbitol or fructose and should avoid it but even without the allergy, sorbitol can cause gastrointestinal issues and aggravate IBS.

Medium 199

Also used as a stabilizer. This medium contains vitamins, amino acids, and fetal bovine serum. Fetal bovine serum, again, is produced from the blood collected at commercial slaughterhouses.

Hydrolyzed Gelatin

Hydrolyzed gelatin is collagen collected from the bones of animals, including cows, fish, poultry, and rabbits. It contains free glutamic acid (MSG) and aspartic acid, two amino acids that can negatively affect neurological health. Even worse, injecting gelatin greatly increases the risk of infection from synthetic growth hormones and mad cow disease.

Chick Embryo Cell Culture

Derived from chick embryo, this cell culture is used to grow and store the live virus in the vaccine. When injected, the immune system is exposed and gets to work to build short-lived immunity against the illness.

WI-38 Human Diploid Lung Fibroblasts

WI-38 is a cell culture line obtained from aborted fetuses and used in the production of various vaccines. The purpose of this cell line is to culture and grow live viruses.

What About the Measles Booster Shot?

Following the initial dose of the measles vaccine, a booster shot is recommended at varying intervals to support immunity against the disease. The booster is the same vaccine containing a weakened version of the live virus that targets the immune system in an effort to elevate it back to a protective state. Since a vaccine, if effective, is said to wean after a few years’ time, receiving a booster every few years or so is supposed to rev up the body’s defense system by recharging the previous immunization.

Adults who missed out on the MMR vaccine in their childhood and those tested to show they are not immune to the disease are urged to receive a booster. The issue is that the MMR booster contains similar ingredients as the MMR vaccine, prompting the same health threats. While most people can receive a booster without any issue whatsoever, there is always a risk that reactions can occur following injection of the live virus.

Measles Vaccine and Autism: What’s the Connection?

It should be noted that the CDC advises pregnant women against receiving the MMR vaccine for fear that it may harm the developing fetus. This warning should tip most people off. While it’s not conclusive that the MMR vaccine–or any vaccine, for that matter–causes autism, we do know that a number of connections have been made. A now-refuted publication in the medical journal The Lancet reported that the MMR vaccine and autism were indefinitely linked. Despite the claims of the author, other reputable publications and mainstream media outlets continue to explore the possibility of the connection between neurological damage and immunization. [3]

A number of cases relating to the MMR vaccine and autism have been made public. The Italian Health Ministry in 2012 ruled that the MMR vaccine received by a nine-year-old boy caused him to develop autism. [4] The family was awarded with ÂŁ140,000 in damages. According to the news report at the time, up to 100 similar cases were being investigated by lawyers in Italy. Health officials generally regard the development of autism immediately following vaccination a mere coincidence, but with more and more cases coming to light, it becomes increasingly difficult to support this theory.

The Full Story

The media is quick to blame the anti-vaxxers, as they’re calling them, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children on moral, religious, or health grounds, for the measles outbreak in North America. This one-sided viewpoint isn’t investigating the numerous accounts of adverse reactions to vaccinations, or the fact that the measles vaccine isn’t always 100% effective at preventing the illness. Measles, like the chicken pox, is a relatively benign disease that, once infected and recovered from, provides immunity from future occurrences. This isn’t to say that infection with the illness is ideal or to downplay the negative complications that can arise, but it is a conversation worth having in today’s discussion on vaccines.

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/what-are-the-dangers-of-the-mmr-vaccine/

Aborted Fetal Tissue!?

Blood Collected at Commercial Slaughterhouses?!

Genetically Engineered Human Blood Plasma?!!

No thanks… I try my best to support organic, non-gmo, non-cannibal, vegan ways of life. WOW.

Who Was the First Baby in the World?

So this is a question that Jade has asked me multiple times in the past few days, but she follows it with ,”Jack?” (which is my oldest brother, haha). This got me thinking though, who was the first baby in the world?

Was a baby human the first form of a human? There’s no way that we could survive without a mother, no mammal does. Even if we evolved from some other animal, they had to come from something too, which also needed a mother.

I mean Christians knocked that question out with saying that two fully formed humans were put on Earth, and they had a baby (Cain or Abel I think). So I guess Adam and Eve had to have a daughter too… and then some kind of incest had to happen to keep humanity going. BUT I don’t know about all that.

Jade has got me thinking though.

Homemade Beeswax Candles

In my last post I gave a recipe for some all natural herbal cough syrup, because Jade was constantly getting sick. Her cough and phlegm quickly went away with the homemade cough syrup and eliminating sugar and dairy (mostly) out of her diet. After much research I found out that sugar and dairy create massive amounts of phlegm and mucus and we definitely were still on a sugar high after Halloween. Now that Jade is healthy I have been looking into things to maintain health.

I remembered that I had once been told that candles clean the air so I started researching candles and which ones are the best for cleaning the air. I came across some crazy information; most candles are made with paraffin, even soy candles, and emit 7 toxic chemicals into your air when burned. Well hey, there’s that. Paraffin is obtained from the sludge at the end of petroleum distilling process. Paraffin is what is left behind after asphalt is made from the petroleum; so it’s the super unwanted nasty reject petroleum that they need to get rid of, so hey, lets burn it in our homes and put it on our faces (it’s used in many cosmetics). The chemicals that are released are carcinogenic and very bad for us. Sorry to inform you, but those smell good candles you burn all day are probably stacking blocks on the pyramid of chemicals in your life that are giving you cancer. So let’s look into candles that 1. don’t give us cancer, and 2. actually clean our air.

Pictures of my first beeswax/ coconut oil candle and some of the supplies

Beeswax candles are the answer; they are environmentally friendly (when sourced responsibly), and improve your health by cleaning your air of dust, dander, pollen and pollutants. Negative ions are released when beeswax candles are burned and attach themselves to positive ions (such as dust, pollen, dander), which then neutralize and fall to the floor. Many people with asthma swear by beeswax candles in making breathing a lot easier in the home. I started looking online to buy beeswax candles and quickly found, like usual, it’s best to just make it yourself; the cheap ones had horrible reviews and all the good ones were very expensive. I justified my spending $40-60 on candle making equipment by saying that I would give most of them as Christmas presents.

Even if a candle says PURE beeswax, it only needs 51% beeswax to attain that label. Look for 100% pure beeswax candles, or make them yourself. I made mine using 1 lb of beeswax and 1/2 cup of coconut oil, so mine weren’t 100% beeswax but the coconut oil helps burn evenly.

I’m still tweaking my candle recipe and will post it once I make all the mistakes and corrections.

Thanks for reading!

Winter Solstice

I love celebrating: I love the build up, I love the commercialism that gets us all, I love the cheesy decorations, the lies, the crazy religious people, I love it all. BUT I also like giving thanks where it is properly needed; to our Earth and Sun.

My husband Zaq and I have been slowly figuring out who we are as soulmates, parents, and spiritual beings these past 3 years that we have been sewn together. We went from complete denial in Christianity, because it was forced upon both of us as children, to finally coming back to it with a more understanding and analytical mind frame. We know that there are great things that are at the roots of Christianity, like love, understanding, oneness and equality. Jesus is my home boy and he never wanted a crazy religion to be based off of him, he wanted to be a good example to people, to open peoples eyes, and to lead them to the truth and almighty God (whoever that may be to you). Buddha did the same, along with most other prophets. Zaq and I have also wanted to somehow fit some pagan rituals into our life without approaching them from a flashy fake way. Most Christian holidays are based on old pagan holidays and I believe that the old way was more true in what deserves the attention. So this year we will be doing multiple things to celebrate the holidays; going to church on Christmas eve with my mom, and celebrating Winter Solstice on December 21.

I don’t like boxes; we are not Christian and we are not Pagan, but I consider myself a little bit of both and many other religions. I think that being with family, creating community through food and rituals, thanking Gods messengers of love and truth, and thanking the Earth and the Great Mother for the cycles that we go through here on Earth are the most important thing for us on the holidays.

I’ve never celebrated Winter Solstice so I’ve had to do a little research. Over time I’m sure our ritual will evolve but for now these are a couple things that I would like to include. This one is learned from a kids outdoor activity website and all these activities are very family oriented.

My very oppositely sized girls snuggling and a small collection of wintery plants and homemade candles.
  • Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. It is the first day of winter and marks when the days start to get longer again. It is filled with hope for the sun’s rebirth as it gets closer to the Summer Solstice.
  1. Take a walk at dusk: Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and dusk comes the earliest on this day. Taking a walk during dusk is a good way to observe this day and change of season. Make your walk include just before dusk and just after. This early walk in the dark will be a unique experience and an exciting way to welcome the Winter Solstice.
  2. Gather Solstice plants: On your walk gather fallen twigs and Solstice plants like holly and evergreen, which were used among ancient Greeks and Celts to decorate their halls because of the belief that they contained magic because they stayed green throughout Winter. If you don’t have these plants just gather some of your favorite local plants.
  3. Create a Winter spiral: Using boughs of evergreen, create a spiral with a candle at the center. This should be done outside in your yard, at a park, or wherever you feel comfortable doing it outside. The candle in the middle symbolizes the sun and our place at the darkest part of our year’s cycle and moving back towards the sunniest part of our cycle. If you’re on a walk in a park and you don’t want to carry evergreen branches into the park just pick up sticks off the ground around you.
  4. Spin, revolve, twirl, twist: Act out the Earth’s cycle by walking into the spiral and back out and spinning and twirling as much as you want. The lil kids naturally want to spin and will love doing this and are encouraged to do as much spinning as they feel fit, even rolling down the hill.
  5. Light and hope: Bring a candle for each family member and when dusk is beginning to rapidly fall place them all in a circle and light them. Give each family member time to share hopes and wishes. They could include things like hopes for the world, family and friends, or promises for doing good in the community. Whatever your kids are feeling.
  6. Decorate with tree fruit: On you walk, gather tree fruit, like gum-balls, that you can make nature ornaments out of. You can also collect freshly fallen boughs from a willow tree to bend into a 5-pointed star, which is another pagan symbol for Solstice.
  7. Feast: It wouldn’t be a pagan ritual if it didn’t include a feast of some sort. Whether it be your favorite thing to make for you family, something made out of food from your garden, cookies shaped like the sun or just whatever you’re feeling.

Sometimes I feel a bit lost at the end of the year. The last day is celebrated with skanky clothes, lots of alcohol, cocaine and glitter. Haha, not by me, anymore, but most the people I know (my friends are still in their mid-20s). Just going through these websites and researching Winter Solstice and how people have celebrated it in the past has really just rung true with me. Celebrating the transition from the days getting shorter to the days getting longer and the path towards Summer Solstice seems more relevant to me than celebrating the last day on our calendar which represents nothing significant, that I know of, tell me if I’m wrong. Making hopes and wishes on the actual transition of daylight makes more sense than making New Years resolutions that start the day after you binge and celebrate a square block on a stack of paper.

This is a Winter Solstice celebration that I paraphrased from this Tinkergarten Activity. It seems very fitting for my family where we are at in life right now. I encourage you to make up or find a ritual that seems right to you.

Lingering Cough

Jade still has a runny nose and cough, but it is not at all affecting her energy or mood. I believe that it is just the changing seasons and amount of mold that is in the air here in St. Louis right now. I know that it can be annoying to have a remaining cough and so I am going to try to help her out with some natural expectorant herbs. From what I have read some herbs that help with easing throat pain, opening air passages and getting mucus out of the lungs and throat include:

  • Lungwort

    Lungwort is know to clear congestion and support lung and respiratory health. It also is high in antioxidants which help you get better faster. Lungwort can be found in some cough medicines because it relieves fluid retention. Lungwort contains allantoin, a naturally occurring nitrogenous compound used as a skin conditioning agent, and can also be used topically on the skin for conditions and irritations like eczema.

    • How to Use: mix a tsp of dried herb into a cup of coiling water and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink.
  • Oregano

    Oregano is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-fungal.

    • How to Use: boil 1 cup fresh oregano leaves in 3 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 1/2 cup 3 times a day. OR take 2-3 drops of oregano essential oil and mix with tsp of coconut oil. Swallow this 3-4 times a day until symptoms reside.
    • Oil of Oregano is recommended for ages 5 and up. Should not be used by pregnant or nursing mothers.
  • Mullein

    Mullein leaves treat congestion and dry coughs. It also works well when combined with Mallow root for expectorant needs.

    • How to Use: Steep 1-2 tsp dried mullein leaves and/or flowers in 1 1/2 cups water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink. OR use as an inhalant by just inhaling the steam when boiling.
  • Licorice Root

    Licorice root, which is naturally sweet, helps soothe and relieve coughing, sore throat and also helps with other respiratory ailments and digestive issues. It is used as an expectorant, which helps break up phlegm in the lungs and throat.

    • How to Use: Boil 1 tsp of dried herb in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes, remove from heat and steep an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
    • Do not use if you have high blood pressure or if you are pregnant. Very dangerous for pregnant women.
  • Sage

    Sage soothes a sore throat and it’s naturally antibacterial properties kill bad bacterias that can lead to infections.

    • How to Use: Make sage tea by adding 2 tsp or sage to a cup of boiling water. Let steep and drink. Add honey to soothe the throat even more.
    • Sage is not safe for pregnant women medicinally.
  • Marshmallow Root

 


  • Respiratory Syrup Recipe

    • 2 tsp dried mullein leaf
    • 2 tsp dried marshmallow root
    • 1 tsp dried licorice root
    • 1 cup raw honey
    • 2 cups water
      • Bring water and herbs to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the liquid has decreased by half, about 10-20 minutes.
      • Strain herbs out and let liquid cool.
      • Stir in honey once liquid is cool.
      • Poor into glass jar, cap and refrigerate up to 6 months.
      • DOSAGE: 1/2 tsp as needed.

 Below are not Safe For Children


  • Eucalyptus

    Eucalyptus conatins a compound called cineole that fights congestion, soothes coughing, works as an expectorant and soothes the sinus’. Eucalyptus also naturally contains antioxidants and therefore supports the immune system, helping you to get better more rapidly.

    • How to Use: You can add a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil to hot water and inhale the steam, make sure to close your eyes the whole time that you are over the steam so that you do not get the strong eucalyptus vapors in your eyes. You can also put eucalyptus oil in a different oil carrier and put the rub on your chest. Eucalyptus oil can be dangerous and is not safe for pregnant or breast feeding women. Here is an article on how to use it and precautions.
    • DO NOT take eucalyptus oil orally because it can be toxic. “DO NOT give a child eucalyptus orally (by mouth) because it is toxic. DO NOT give cough drops containing eucalyptus to children under 6. For a cold, DO NOT put eucalyptus oil, salve, or chest rub on the face or nose of a child under 2. Ask your doctor before using preparations that contain eucalyptus oil as a chest rub for your child or to inhale steam for congestion.”
  • Peppermint

    Peppermint naturally contains menthol which helps relieve sinus and lung congestion, sinusitis and cold and cough symptoms.

    • How to Use: Dilute some peppermint oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond oil, and rub on your chest or put in a humidifier.
    • Do not use on small children.

Natural Cough and Upper Respiratory Healing

So, like many people right now, I’ve come down with something that consists of coughing a lot and a headache. It’s onset made me terrified that I was pregnant again, something I do not wish upon myself currently with a teething 6month old. I was nauseous, had back pain, a headache, achy body and a tickle in my throat. I was so sure that I was pregnant that I went and got tested. They told me,”It came back negative, but it may be too early to tell”. Oh, thanks. So, I was happy to see that my nausea went away and turned into a horrible cough and sore throat haha. Here are some things that I have found help with respiratory sickness.
GARLIC
Whenever I start to get sick with something that may be an infection I immediately eat some raw garlic, about a clove a day. You cut in up into about 6 pieces and take it down like a pill with some orange juice or whatever you have handy.

ECHINACEA
I also started taking some of my homemade echinacea tincture. You can also go buy some echinacea leaves and root and make your own tea, or just buy store made echinacea tea. Echinacea is known to boost the immune system and help you get better if you are already sick.

TEA
Tea is awesome because it soothes the throat and you can use it as a steamer by breathing in the hot steam off the top. With respiratory illness a good easy tea to make is just to boil water and add lemon; this will help to break up the phlegm in your throat. Honey soothes the throat and can be added to your tea and you can drink tea as much as you want.

WARM STEAM
A humidifier is a must when you or your little ones have a cough because it soothes your lungs and nose and makes sleeping a little easier. Another way to inhale warm steam is to take a really hot shower, something that feels amazing when you’re sick anyway. If you have a little baby that is sick you can put them in a rocker or chair in the bathroom while you take a hot shower and they can also inhale the warm steam.

SPICY STUFF
I also read that eating spicy things helps to thin all mucus, in your nose and in your lungs, and makes coughing it out much easier. So make all your meals super spicy haha.

WATER
Drink lots and lots of water. Your body needs water to get better and to live.

Vitamin C

Strep Throat/ Sore Throat Gargle Recipe

  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Clove powder-
    • Mix 1/4 tsp of this mixture with 2 tbsp warm water. Apply lip balm, and then gargle and spit out the mixture. Repeat every 2-4 hours or however much you feel you need.
    • (Salt relaxes tissue, cut phlegm and kills germs; cayenne lessens pain and inflammation and fights infection; and clove numbs and fights infection.)