Last weekend my cheek was throbbing, the pain had snuck up on me over the week. I tried to ignore it as I worked my way through to Friday. It was not going to go away, and I had to admit I had a painful sinus infection. My cheek and eye socket were under pressure and made me feel like my head was going to explode. I had left it too late, my doctors office was closing and I didn’t want to drive to the urgent care center and see an unfamiliar doctor. Instead, I doubled down on some natural remedies that had me out of serious pain by Monday and back up and on my feet, feeling good by Tuesday. I was relieved that I could do this without the help of antibiotics. They are needed for major problems obviously, but as reported recently in a new study published in the American Society for Microbiology, antibiotic resistance is on the rise and I try to avoid them if I can.
The germ of the research was concern about the burgeoning increase in antibiotic resistance. “I am a physician specializing in infectious diseases, and I have seen antibiotics that I could safely rely on ten years ago being unable to cure my patients,” said principal investigator Anders Johansson, MD, PhD, Chief, Infection Control, Umeå University and the County Council of Våsterbotten, Sweden.
My go to products for natural healing are both available at your local health food store or online from vitacost. Both are less than a doctor co-pay and both have a long shelf-life. They are best used as soon as you start to feel the sniffles coming on.
When I travel and feel fatigued I always use umeboshi paste. I learned about it from my studies in macrobiotics. It originates from Japan and comes from the pickled plum. According to mitoku
The oldest Japanese record of pickled plums being used as a medicine is in a medical text written about one thousand years ago. Umeboshi were used to prevent fatigue, purify water, rid the body of toxins, and cure specific diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, and food poisoning. Slowly, extensive folklore developed about umeboshi’s ability to prevent and cure certain diseases.
During Japan’s furious samurai period, which lasted through most of the Middle Ages, the pickled plum was the soldier’s most important field ration. It was used to flavor foods such as rice and vegetables, and its high acidity made it an excellent water and food purifier, as well as an effective antidote for battle fatigue.
I add a quarter teaspoon of umeboshi paste to my tea in morning.
Olive Leaf Extract
I first came across Olive Leaf Extract when I was researching how I could help my daughter recover from mono. She was very sick for the first few days after she was diagnosed, but when I introduced olive leaf extract she started to feel like she had more energy and was back on her feet within a few days. As mono is a virus, the doctors had nothing to offer to her other than suggestions for keeping her fever down. For this reason, I think the Olive Leaf Extract helped speed up her natural recovery.
One of the primary compounds in olive leaf, a substance called oleuropein, has attracted scientific attention since the early 1900s.
An iridoid by definition, oleuropein exhibits antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity, and is useful for fighting various types of internal infections. Oleuropein also appears to increase the body’s production of thermogenin, a substance that helps us to burn fat more efficiently.
In the world of medicinal plants, it is often the case that traditional use of plants precedes, by centuries, the science that corroborates the same uses. This is certainly true with olive leaf.
I add a quarter of a dropper to a 1/4 cup of water morning and night until I am feeling better.
I also load up on vitamin C if I feel anything like the sniffles or a cold coming on.
I encourage you to read further on both of these products and put them on your list the next time you go to the health food store.
The links to find them online are
Now you know I’m not a doctor right? If you have a serious problem go to see your doctor.
I’d love to hear other remedies that work for you though.