Last week I shared some information about fighting fever in kids naturally. The following day, I promptly came down with an awful virus, complete with fever and chills... Touché universe.... Touché. Not to worry! I just reached into my herbal arsenal and pulled out all the stops. I was going to nuke this thing... One of my most loved, go to, flu fighting herbs to use is ginger root- and lots of it. Ginger is a powerful flu fighter for many reasons; it is helpful in the reduction of nausea, provides relief for many respiratory issues, and rids the body of many toxins. I often take it internally in teas or in capsule form, but my favorite way to use it anytime I have a fever, aches, or am otherwise just feeling crumby is in a detox bath. The addition of ginger to your bath is an overall fantastic detoxing experience. It warms your entire body and allows you to sweat out (sometimes profusely, so take a glass of water along with you) all those nasty little toxins making, and keeping, you sick! After staying at home to rest, eating some chicken noodle soup provided by my lovely aunt (shout-out Aunt Lori!), and taking a detox bath once daily for just TWO DAYS, I was feeling heaps better and was able to return to work.
Lucky for you, I'm letting you in on my little secret right here! Here's the recipe that I use, but you can certainly tweak it to your preference.
2 Cups Epsom Salt
2 Cups Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Grated Organic Ginger Root
15-20 Drops Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
Add this to the hottest bath water that you can comfortably stand, and immerse yourself for 15-20 minutes.
It's so simple, yet so effective. Give it a shot and let me know what your experience is!
A couple notes:
If you have sensitive or allergy prone skin, you may want to do a field test to make sure the ginger and essential oils won't irritate your skin.
If you are feeling really weak or your fever is already causing you to sweat a great deal, I would not personally use this method of treatment.
I wasn't kidding about sweating it out. You will sweat, sometimes profusely, so drink a lot of water before and after the bath. You should be doing this anyway if you have the flu- lots of fluids are the way to go!
I'm not a doctor. I have, however, had many positive personal experiences with this recipe which is why I am sharing it with you today.