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NyQuil, Neti Pots, and Natural Healing Part 2- Internet based experiments

For the record, my right ear is completely plugged. It has been for DAYS now. I am currently fighting the urge to put a sharp object into it and pop it.

By the way, I know this would be a bad idea.

Also by the way-I did go to the doctor and get antibiotics. Not because they are for every illness, but because when you have a fever for four days and a sinus infection, they are recommended.

But back to the ear.

I had to get some relief from this fluid. So I googled, “drain ear fluid”.

I found Massage By Heather.

Heather details a method called “lymphatic drain massage” that is a series of light touches to coax your ear fluid down the paths it should be draining down. She does the series of massage positions in video. It’s easy to follow.

I figured I had nothing to lose, so I tried it.

It definitely helps! I would say it reduced my ear pressure by 30%. I could also feel the ear fluid trickling down my neck and into my throat (gross, but that is how drainage works).

This is basically my approach to natural healing and self-directed remedies. I research. I ask myself, can I do this? If it doesn’t work, is no change in my condition the worst possible result? If the answers are “yes”, I try it.

Since the Massage by Heather experiment, my friend, an actual massage therapist, let me know that it really is safe to do this type of massage on yourself. I found that reassuring-because I’m about to do it again.

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NyQuil, Neti Pots, and Natural Healing-Part 1

This winter has been a constant sick day. We started toddler activities this fall, and have caught everything under the sun. Colds, strep, fifths disease, and now ear infections.

My little baby, in the spirit of sharing, has gotten everything her sister brought home-except strep.

Which brings about an important point-exclusively breastfeeding your child does not prevent illness. I’m sure it helps build the immune system, as all the studies show, but it’s not a magic bullet. She is sick WAY more than her formula fed sister ever was. Formula doesn’t cause sickness people-GERMS do. And you know who has lots of germs? Toddlers.

But I digress.

As the winter has proceeded, I’ve gotten sick as well a few times. While I daydream longingly of weeks chugging NyQuil, (and sleeping!) my options are somewhat limited on what I can take, thanks to aforementioned breastfed baby. Also because you can’t be in a NyQuil stupor when your toddler is up crying because she is a MESS every 45 minutes.

Therefore, I’ve been experimenting with the word of “natural remedies” to see what helps.

Like all responsible bloggers, I should say I am NOT a doctor, just a person, and if you or your kids are sick, you should take thee to the doc ASAP.

I’ve done enough at this point for a couple of posts, but I’ll leave you today with my favorite-my Decongestion Concoction.

This is found, with different proportions, all over the web. For good reason-it works.

16-24 oz hot tea. I use either chamomile or ginger.
2+ Tablespoons honey. Local honey is recommended but supermarket honey is fine.
1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2-teaspoon ground ginger (people use fresh too. Feel free.)
*people also put in lemon

To Make: Boil water. Put all other ingredients in a cup. When water is at a boil, pour over and mix to incorporate all ingredients. Clears up your nose and makes a sore throat feel much better!

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