Chanelmama blogger Ouiam Charkani El Hassani shares some earthborn secrets for keeping your household healthy.
A few days ago, we had an unwanted guest in our house. A guest who sends your body into a fight mode and leaves you pretty much powerless. This unwanted guest usually targets the little ones, because… well their bodies aren’t equipped for a great fight. Ladies and gentlemen, yes I am talking about fever!
It’s the only thing that can take my little one down. It’s as if it straps him into a chair and makes him lose all kind of desire to move, walk, eat or even play. Usually my ‘go to’ in this case is vinegar! Oh don’t frown just yet, there is more to it thanthat lol!
So, whenever fever visits our household, I get my vinegar out, soak some socks in it, and put them on whoever is sick. The whole house will stink, yes! The sofas, the chairs, the floor, but it is totally worth it. In exactly 15 minutes, the fever starts going down and you can totally see the difference in the behaviour of the unlucky one who’s been affected.
If you’re waiting for me to explain this vinegar phenomenon scientifically, then please don’t waste your time, I have no logical explanation for it, it’s simply something my grandmother did. So did my mother, and here I am doing the same thing, no questions asked! Whether it is apple cider vinegar, or just white vinegar, they all get the job done.
I also use potatoes! Yes, that’s right just plain raw potatoes, cut them and put them inside the socks, or on the patient’s back, stomach, arms and legs. Their capacity for sucking out heat is incomparable!
Then I move to rose water. A true gift! I soak a towel in it and put it on the forehead, neck and face. At least this doesn’t smell as bad as the vinegar!
All the above are for topical use only, so, in order to help the body produce more antibodies, we have to supply it with remedies that are administered orally and move into the bloodstream to benefit the whole system. My number one ‘go to’ for this is soup. I literally fill my pot with onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, fennel, celery, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and anything else I have in my fridge, and make a soup! It’s always absolutely delicious and filled with tons of good stuff that will strengthen your immune system.
Lemon and Manuka honey is another combination I always swear. It is unbelievably good. No matter what you are complaining from, this remedy is great. Manuka honey (just like garlic) is a natural antibiotic, so why go for the synthetic version when you have the real deal?
When sick we also need to drink tons of fluids and, of course, I don’t mean coffee and coke, but rather mean water, fresh juices and whatever will keep your body hydrated. My favorite drink is orange juice, mixed with grapefruit juice, a spoon of manuka honey, pink Himalayan salt and water. It is the ultimate drink to replenish your electrolytes, since, with fever, the body tends to become dehydrated easily. Electrolytes are certain nutrients that regulate your heartbeat, they also carry an electric charge in the body that is essential for life
The last thing I always make sure to do is rest! Now, that’s not so easy when we are talking about a three-year-old toddler, but at least we try, right? The body is working so hard fighting intruders and that’s more than enough. We shouldn’t add more pressure.
Since my son was born, three and a half years ago, our household has become medication free, meaning that we never use conventional medicine. We only use nature’s wealth, and make use of all its precious gifts. The human body is miraculous, it is designed to have its own army to defend and attack any foreign bodies trying to make their way in, with the help of the immune system. Funnily enough, the only way your immune system will flourish is by having more fights and dealing with different kind of viruses, bacteria…etc. Every time it gets stronger and more familiar with each type of foreign body. However, if every time you get sick you are using synthetic antibodies, prescribed by a doctor, instead of your own antibodies made by your own body, then the immune system can weaken. It is like a piece of electronics that you bought but never use, it will just sit there, collect dust, and one day it will stop working.
Now don’t get me wrong folks, I am not saying suffer in silence, and kill yourself, all I’m saying is use all the resources you have! Use what mother nature has gifted us with, but also use the science and all the new technology has to offer, WHEN NEEDED!