how to kick a bad cold

So after being run down and ignoring a little cold… I got myself a fat sinus infection. Blah.

I'm usually good at nipping these things in the bud by day 2 or 3 with some natural remedies, but this time I was lazy. So by day 7, I decided it was time to be all hands on deck (after my sister gave me a little scolding. She's way better at selfcare..)

I spend so much time trying to make sure my kids are oiled up, eating well, and have strong immune systems—I forget (or am too tired) to take care of myself. Which is dumb, because if mama's sick, the house kind of falls apart.

Anywho, I do hope to get back on the blogging wagon one of these days, but for now I'm just excited to not be full of snot and fighting a horrible sinus headache, that I had to share my little regimen. 

Oregano + Thieves Caps:

5 Drops Oregano + 8 Drops of Thieves in gel cap 3X a day. Add a little carrier oil (like olive oil) and take with some food or milk.

I believe this really is the secret weapon to getting well. If I was smart, I would have started it the second I felt yucko. It acts like antibiotics. After a day or so of taking these, I turned the corner. (Oregano is kind of unbelievable. There are entire books written on its benefits.)

(learn a little more about oils here)

And then a few other things I like to push:
  • Vitamin C: 1000 mg 4-5x a day 
  • Vitamin D3: 1500 IU/day (and trying to catch a few scant rays of sun if I can without freezing) 
  • Elderberry 
  • Nasopure: Filtered water + salt + 1-2 drops melaleuca essential oil (to flush the snot out and kill anything). 
  • ACF: A new favorite my local healthfood store told me about. Tons of immune boosting herbs that I keep on hand and start chugging when we start feeling blah. 
  • Bone Broth: There actually is something to the whole chicken soup for the soul. So many health benefits. (Recipe and favorite way to make it HERE.
  • Peroxide in ears (seems weird, but it works. Read about it here.)

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living essential oils and their benefits email me at laurenGcrabtree (at) for more info. Or if you're ready to try them at wholesale price here is the link

And in other news... we're making the best of Winter.

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