Coping with Sickness

From my last post about sickness etiquette I thought I would write a post about different things you can do or make to help you avoid getting sick.  I have tried a lot of things through the years and I have found some things that work really well to boost immunities, or help shorten the duration of the sickness.

The first thing I would like to share…
Hand Sanitizer Spray:
I bring this in my purse where ever I go!  I spray our hands after we go into public places, touch doorknobs, after I pump gas, or handle pocket change.  I spay shopping cart handle with it before I touch it.  It also works as an air freshener, purifying the air.  It is super inexpensive and super easy to make, let me give you my recipe…
one plastic spay bottle (you can buy these at target or walmart for a dollar)
fill with witch hazel, vodka, or isopropyl alcohol.  I like using vodka because it is the most effective!  These solutions will emulsify the oils!

  • 5 drops rosemary oil
  • 5 drops of orange or lemon oil
  • 5 drops tea tree or Melalueka oil
  • 5 drops clove oil
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus oil

Shake it up and spritz your hands or the air.  Hey, it even works as a bug repellent and an air freshener.  

Flu bombs:
I like to make my own essential oil capsules.  BUT, make sure the essential oils that you use are for internal consumption.  They will tell you on the packaging if they are safe to ingest.  

  • 1 drop lemon oil
  • 1 drop peppermint oil
  • 1 drop lavender oil
  • 1 drop clove
  • 1 drop rosemary oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon oil

I like to also take vitamin C and vitamin D3 along with this flu bomb and I generally take the protocol every couple hours and it seems to be very effective for combat against the onset of the flu!  

Immune Tea: (Erin’s Sick Tea)
I have been concocting this tea for the past 6 years!  It is very tasty and the kids usually like it.  I usually brew a big pot of it and we sip on it all day long and it really helps boost the immune system for fighting power!  Here is my recipe for a bulk batch, and it is also a great gift to give friends during the winter cold seasons.

  • 1 lb chamomile flowers
  • 1 lb hibiscus flowers
  • 1 lb chickweed
  • 1 lb Echinacea tops
  • 1/2 lb cinnamon bark chopped
  • 1 cup fenugreek seed
  • 1 cup goldenseal root

Toss the dry tea together and seal it into zipper baggies or glass jars.  You can put some in tea bags if you want to brew one cup at a time.  To make a 1 quart pot, use 1/2 cup of tea added to 1 quart of boiling water.  Steep for about 5 -10 min.  I use a french press!  That works great.  I just put 1/2 cup and pour my 1 quart of boiling water over the tea and then press it after it steeps.  That way I do not have to strain out the pieces.  You can also you a coffee pot if you have filters.  

For more enjoyment, I add a little cream and honey!  That makes it really cozy!

Flu Fighter Salsa
This is one of my favorites!  Garlic is a natural antibiotic but it very spicy and hard to get down.  This is the solution I have come up with over many years of trial and error!  I used to just chomp the garlic whole in my mouth and WOW, that is crazy hot!  I would have to chase it down with all kinds of things with tears and gagging.  And to get the kids to take their garlic, well, honey and garlic does not appeal to my kids.  But salsa?  Oh yeah!
They say to actually kill bacteria or virus, you need to eat about 12 cloves of garlic a day!  Yeah, that scares not only the germs away, but also the family!  Her wis a great way to take a lot of garlic in a fun way…

  • 6 cloves garlic minced fresh (it is very important to eat the garlic fresh after chopping it because it has enzymes and will do more to fight!)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (the sour cream cuts the burning!!)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Sprinkle a little grated cheese for extra fun!

Combine the minced garlic with the sour cream and salsa.  Mix it all together until smooth.  It makes a very yummy dip to put on chips.  And boy, does it get to work on the sickness!  I made a bowl of this dip a week ago when I felt the body aches coming on and shortly after, my body went hot and cold, hot and cold, until I just felt better.  In a matter of a few hours I felt I won the fight!  It worked so good that my kids who refused to do it, who got the flu AGAIN, decided that maybe it was a fun way to fight the flu.  And now they ask me for the flue fighter salsa!  


Kefir Whey:
Sounds absolutely yucky but it works!  If you have a source of good raw milk and can make kefir, you can actually drain the curd off with a cheese cloth so that you are left with just the liquid, it can be milky looking or clear.  That whey is POWERFUL!  

Just give a person with the stomach bug a teaspoon full each hour.  It is more palatable if you chill it.  It will knock out the stomach flu by replenishing the gut with strong strains of bacteria.  Gut health is so vital because 80% of your immune system is in your gut.  

I hope this blesses you and your family during the cold season.  

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13 thoughts on “Coping with Sickness”


    Dear Erin, thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes! I frequently use some services to make me feel better. They are based on the chemicals after which I lose patience and become aggressive. Thanks for your blog and wonderful ideas! Now I’m sure I’ll become a calm person.

  2. Dear Erin, these are wonderful remedies. I am using them and it helps.
    A friend of mine also gave me this one remedy that works wonders. I had a cough for several weeks. After drinking this my cough stopped emediatly.
    You cut up an onion in quarters. Put it in a small bowl. Steam cook the onion in the bowl. The onion forms liquid in the bowl. After cooking the onion for 45 minutes. Then you drink the onion’s liquid.
    She told me to also use it when you start feeling sick.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog.
    God bless you and your family in this New Year.

  3. Thank you so much Erin, you are such an inspiration and I really enjoy reading about your life. Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year.

  4. Thank you for your recipes!!! I am an oil girl and feel like I am coming down with something. I am going to make your flu bomb ASAP.

  5. These are excellent remedies,Erin. You asked me recently what we use for colds–VITAMIN C! I take at least a 1000 mg. an hour throughout the morning using powdered ascorbic acid. My children think it tastes like soda mixed with fresh juice or squeezed lemon and stevia. When we all have colds I mix it up in a jar for each person to sip on throughout the day. Sometimes we even mix it with Plexus Slim! We take ”as much as our bowels can handle”. I use C-salts or some other similar brand that is buffered,non-GMO, and contains no fillers,corn,or wheat.It is a more expensive brand but well worth it. A little goes a long way. This has by far been the most effective thing I have ever used for colds.LOVE it!! My children even ask for it when they aren`t sick!
    I gave this to my son recently after he was exposed to chicken pox. It was the easiest chicken pox case we ever had.

  6. great ideas Erin. hand spray sounds good. Love the way you used a great aussie icon ” eucalyptus “. Smell eucalyptus and your in the Australian bush. Great for cleaning and getting stickers of things, like jam jars etc. merry Christmas xxoo Vicki

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