A friend had mentioned a cold and flu tea listed on Hermit's Grove site. I have my own blend so I headed over to the site to compare notes. It's called Herbal Cold Remedy, "Taken within the first hours of the above symptoms we have found a nearly 100% success rate of all symptoms disappearing with no cold at all. Despite my being HIV+ since 1988 and having often been exposed to cold viruses, I average about one cold every four or five years and those are greatly diminished in strength using this remedy."
Tim made some up for me and while it may have helped the severity, I was too late in noticing the symptoms. I found this interesting, "It should be taken at the first signs of a cold (or respiratory infection). What are the first signs? It could be sneezing more than usual. Your eyes might seem to itch and tear more than average. There might be the slightest tickle in your throat.
Pay attention to those around you. If you are around anyone with a cold, listen to your body. If you exhibit any of these early warning symptoms, use the formula. Do not wait to see if it is "really" a cold. Viruses replicate at an extraordinary speed. "
Back when I had a healthy immune system I used to be really good at taking preventive measures when my children came home sick and I usually only became sick once a year. I understand negative mind speak, but I didn't catch myself on this and will definitely watch it from now on. Here's how it goes for me as far as my health goes: one of the kids develop a fever and I cringe knowing I'm going to get it next. Or once I become sick, I will take the rest I need (woot, at least I've gotten good at that!!!) and yet I'm resentful of every minute I'm resting.
- 1 oz wild cherry bark
- 1 oz bayberry bark
For a stronger mixture use a tablespoon for your measure.
This is very safe and you can easily adjust the proportions. It's like basic cooking. I never measure. I simply open the container and pour some into the pan to be infused in the water. If you feel you need more throat protect, increase the bayberry bark. Feel free to try various proportions."
The vitamin C in Emergen-C is meant to be a helpful supplement; like anything, however, too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Serious side effects can result from having an unhealthy amount of vitamin C in the body. Blood clots of the leg can develop from too much intake of vitamin C. Kidney stones may develop. If sickle cell disease is present in the body, too much vitamin C can multiply the symptoms of this disease. Hemolysis (a destruction of red blood cells) can occur if a person has glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency (a blood disorder). Taking too much vitamin C can result in increased aluminum absorption. This side effect is very harmful to those with kidney disease." -this is taken from here.
The person that I know that developed kidney stones was more of an issue of dehydration when taking it (which is common when travelling).
Moral of the story? #1 watch the negative mind speak, #2 listen to your body, and #3 be reasonable in your treatment and avoidance methods. What did G.I. Joe say? "...And knowing is half the battle."
I was going to end there, but I have to share a quote, and I'm going to mangle it, so don't quote me on this quote, lol!