|An Effective, Semi-Natural Cold or Allergy Treatment|
This morning my 3-year-old son woke me up at 6:30, and I had a runny nose, I was sneezing and had a headache, and I had to blow my nose every 3 minutes. 10 minutes later, the baby was crying and wanted to eat. (Saturday is my wife's only precious sleep-in day during the whole week, so it's out of the question to take that away from her.)
I felt like closing myself into a dark, quiet room to just forget about the world. I thought about heading to the drugstore for allergy medicine, but then I decided to try our alternative approach first. The last time my family came from Canada, my dad had given us a bottle of tea tree oil as a natural treatment for ticks on our dog. (Ticks are very, very common here in the jungle, and all dogs get them if they are not treated. Most people use a horrible chemical that cannot be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or anyone under the age of 19. The tea tree oil actually works very, very well - better than the chemical.)
A few months ago, reading the natural health booklet that came with it, I realized that it had lots of uses, including treating the common cold. I found it also works for allergies. So, this morning, this is how I treated my allergies/cold or whatever it is:
- Tea Tree Oil - I heated a pot of water until it was steaming very well, and added 10 drops of tea tree oil. I place a towel over my head and leaned over the steaming pot inhaling the vapor of the oil. The relief in my nose was almost instant.
- Hot Tea - I used Tetley Orange Pekoe tea, but I would normally us an herbal tea - we've run out. I prepared it while I was heating the water, so I could enjoy it immediately after the tea tree oil.
- Paracetamol - I took one tablet to help with the headache. The only not natural part of my treatment. This is still much better than going to the doctor here; most doctors (although most certainly not all) in Mexico tend to way over medicate; I'm highly suspicious an hesitant when it comes to over-medication. We've found 2 doctors who are very conservative about medicine, and give treatments (which include only small amounts of medicine if any) whic, as we suspected, are usually much more successful. I also believe in generics, most of the time. Tylenol costs about 10 times as much, and does the same thing.
I probably could have done without the paracetamol, but on the whole the treatment was successful. Afterwards, I just felt a little sleepy, but otherwise fine. The rest of the morning was a very relaxing, comfortable Saturday morning.
To read more about my experience with healthcare and medicine in Mexico, read: