So it’s a Thursday morning before a long weekend and I wake up with no voice – body aches – fever of 102° – and this swampy feeling in my chest. I have a tremendously busy weekend planned, a romantic day off planned with Mr. Rinaldi for Friday, and let’s not forget I have a live radio show to do in less than 3 hours.

There was a time many years ago when I would have just thrown in the towel. I would have accepted that I had a cold or the flu and gone back to bed. That would have meant 7 to 10 days of misery and limited ability to do the things I need to do in my life.

But this time I was ready for a fight.

With the tools and knowledge that I have, I knew I could be well within 12 to 16 hours. I had the motivation, the information, and everything else I needed to make this happen.

Now understand, this is not medical advice. This is my experience that I’m sharing with you. My preference for essential oils are Young Living due to their quality and efficacy. You may choose to explore some of these options yourself and see how they work for you.

The first point of attack was getting my voice back. I steeped fresh grated ginger, a pinch of cayenne, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, a teaspoon of honey along with a teabag for 3 minutes, then added two shots of whiskey. I sipped on this for the next 30 minutes. But by the time I was on the air, my lungs weren’t as swampy and I had most of my voice back.

I then began my attack on the fever and the virus. The attack on the fever was easy – take nothing for it. Drink plenty of water and apply cool compresses to my forehead and neck.

For the virus, I began diffusing frankincense and lemon essential oils in my bedroom. I applied Thieves oil to the soles of my feet and took 3 drops orally every 3 hours. I began adding one drop each of lemon essential oil and grapefruit essential oil to my water and chewing vitamin C in amounts that created loose stool. I slept on and off the rest the afternoon.

At about 10 p.m., 15 or so hours from the time I began treating this episode, I was free from all symptoms, but very weak. I had some bone broth, more water and went back to bed. I slept through the night and on Friday, while still feeling a little tired and weak, I was very nearly right as rain.

It’s for these reasons that I choose to use holistic and natural alternatives to Western health care.

Dr. Kelly Turner talks about Western medicine versus alternative healing.

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