The Chest Cold Chronicles Pt. 1
Today marks day eight of cold strain 134. I’ve been quarantined to my room for eight days and couldn’t eat dairy (besides a little butter in my coffee) #missyoukefir #missyouparmesan.
Close-up of my bulletproof coffee (AKA coffee blended with butter & coconut oil= <3 <3 <3) in my favorite mug!
I’ve gone through eight boxes of tissues (no thanks to no dairy! 😛 ), eight buckets of chicken soup with eighty pounds of kimchi and garlic in it, and wayyy too much sauerkraut mixed with horseradish (this was a mistake).
A sample breakfast delivered to me! The bowl of what looks like brown rice is actually kraut & horseradish. >_<
Although I was wiped out from walking downstairs and back up one time, I did enjoy having my roommates bring me my meals in bed! Another examples of my lovely meals:
Aren’t they the best?
Part II: More bulletproof coffee & some of the sweetest fresh-picked strawberries 🙂
By day four they were trying to make me laugh just to expedite the phlegm-hacking process.Gotta clear out the ol’ sinuses amirite — hence the horseradish *shudder*.
Besides all of the lovely food stuffs brought to me three times a day (not counting mugs of ginger tea with lemon & honey, cups of green juice, and gallons of filtered water), I was also getting treated with steam baths 2x a day and oil diffusions.
Teach me how to Steam bath:
Boil one pot of water and place it on a tray with a towel separating the pot from the tray.
Add a few drops of eucalyptus, peppermint or other essential oils to the pot.
Cover yo head with a towel and lean down to the pot of oily steam. Inhale for 10 minutes.
Besides steam baths, I also covered my chest, neck and glands leading to my ears in coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil to open things up and get the mucus moving.
When I wasn’t inhaling or topically applying peppermint oil, it was being diffused in my room. Buy oils and a diffuser from my favorite company here!
Sometimes I put lavender oil around my ears and temples to relax and soothe.
Aside from good foods and oils, I was taking extra supplements in addition to my regulars (magnesium & vitex… I will do a post on vitex soon). What I took was:
1,000 mg Vitamin C with two meals a day
250 mg glutathione twice a day
1330 mg curcumin once a day
200 mg Niacin three times a day
Curcumin is supposed to help fight bronchial inflammation.
Niacin is good for a whole range of things but is mainly marketed for raising good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. The truth is, there are endless benefits to taking Niacin. The reason I take it is because it helps relieve anxiety and depression, and also aids in sleep.
Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, has only one side effect: it produces a “niacin flush” that looks and feels similar to a sunburn and lasts between 15 minutes and an hour depending on the amount you took, what you ate/drank prior to taking it, and how many histamines are in your body. Here’s a picture of what I looked like with a flush a few days ago:
My arms were very splotchy and my chest, neck and face were on fire!
I’m sure I’ll do another post on niacin in the future, but if you’re curious about taking this vitamin, check out Dr. Abram Hoffer’s site.
Just be careful to discern what is true and what’s a lie from big pharma. 🙂
To top the post off: Here’s why I’m glad I got sick (maybe the real reason you are here 😛 )
*to practice accepting help and service from others <3
*to learn more about health! 🙂
*to have time to pray for others <3
*to practice resting and being patient! 🙂
*to practice expressing love and appreciation to those who do so much for me! <3
*to reflect on the direction my life has gone in the last few months 🙂
*to learn to trust God and surrender doing what I love so I can regain strength and grow even stronger <3
Backyard chillen after 5 days quarantine. #lookingood #eligible #singlenessisreal
See guys? Next time you’re sick, remember this:
Being sick isn’t too bad. We can learn a lot when we’re sick, whether we want/intend to or not!
Love you all <3