Monday's Musings... Garlic, Oatmeal water, Water Therapy and Hydrogen Peroxide for preventing and treating colds and infections.
In all my reading I have come across some ways to help prevent and treat infections. This is what I will be doing next winter to prevent my annual 3 sicknesses in a row.
Garlic is such a powerful antibiotic, and antiviral that if you place a garlic clove close (not even touching) to a petri dish full of bacteria the bacteria will die. The best way to take garlic is raw crushed as cooking destroys the antibiotic properties and crushing activates them. Not many people I know can just munch on raw garlic so put your raw garlic in a teaspoon of honey or mix in with a little cream cheese and put on a cracker.
Oatmeal water can prevent sickness. In the early 1900's (I think, maybe it was 1800's) when the railroad was being built the men were working 12 hour days and couldn't afford to be sick so they gave them oatmeal water to drink. They made history because not a single man missed work due to sickness. Here is the recipe Take 2 T of instant rolled oats and place in 2 quarts of water in a pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and drink. Sounds a little weird but doesn't taste that bad, even if oatmeal is not your thing.
Water therapy can improve your immune function. When you feel a sickness coming on, take a hot/cold alternating shower then go to bed for 30 to 45 minutes. In the shower use hot water as hot as you can stand for 2 minutes then as cold as you can stand, without getting a chill, for 30 seconds. repeat three times and end with cold. Get in bed and relax for 30 to 45 minutes. You will probably sweat so when you are done save your friends noses and shower again :)
Hydrogen Peroxide in your ears can stop a cold! When you first start feeling a cold coming on place a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear. I understand this is very effective.
Tomorrow: "My own American Idol" AND "Welcome home and wish you were here"