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With the change of season this month, it seems to be prime time for colds and flu! My husband and I have made a concerted effort to avoid antibiotics as far as possible, and in doing so, have strengthened our immune systems. We do still get sick occasionally, though, and like to use our favourite remedies to nip the infection in the bud!
1. Hydrogen peroxide in the ears
This works on the basis that most infections start in the ears. Using a syringe or dropper, put 3% (10 volume) hydrogen peroxide in your ear and allow it to sit in your ear for 10 minutes. It will bubble like crazy and dissolve your earwax. Pour out onto a tissue and repeat in the other ear. Do this 3x per day.
This really helps prevent or shorten colds and flu, and I find that it helps ease symptoms, too.
You can also gargle with hydrogen peroxide for a sore throat, or use hydrogen peroxide in a nasal saline rinse (1 tsp hydrogen peroxide & 1 tsp salt in half a glass of warm, filtered or distilled water).
3. Don't immediately reach for painkillers!
If I have a low grade fever and a headache, I take these steps: